Print Page

Gynecologic Robotic Surgery

What is robotic surgery?

The da Vinci Surgical System is a state-of-the-art surgical system designed to help your doctor perform the most precise and least invasive gynecologic surgery available today used to treat a range of conditions. Through small (less than 1 centimeter) incisions, surgeons using this device can perform with greater control and detail while minimizing pain and risk typically associated with large incision surgeries.

The da Vinci System has been used successfully worldwide in thousands of procedures to date.


How does it work?

The da Vinci Surgical System is designed to provide surgeons with enhanced capabilities, including high-definition 3D vision and a magnified view. Your doctor controls the da Vinci System at a console (pictured above) which translates their hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body. Though it is often called a “robot,” da Vinci cannot act on its own. Instead, the surgery is performed entirely by your doctor.

Together, da Vinci technology allows your doctor to perform complex procedures through just a few tiny openings. As a result, you may be able to get back to life faster without the usual recovery following major surgery.


What does it treat?

At CCNW, our certified physicians can treat uterine cancer, hyperplasia, cervical cancer and ovarian masses with the da Vinci System. Women with a high risk of ovarian cancer can also have risk reduction surgery.


What are the benefits?

The benefits of robotic surgery include: 

  • Shorter and less painful procedure
  • Shorter hospital stay for recovery (1 day versus 4-5 days)
  • Little to no scarring
  • Less risk of infection
  • Less blood loss and potential need for a transfusion
  • A faster return to normal activities
  • Less time between surgery and follow up treatment


As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is patient- and procedure-specific.


The Da Vinci uses small incisions (as shown in the image on the right) for minimal scarring and blood loss unlike when a woman receives an open surgery incision for a hysterectomy (as shown on left).


© 2009 Cancer Care Northwest All Rights Reserved