da Vinci® Robotic Surgery

What is the da Vinci Surgical System?

The da Vinci robotic surgical system provides extremely high-definition imaging that can be magnified and enhanced to allow the surgeon to perform procedures with unmatched precision and control. While seated at an adjustable console in the operating room, the surgeon performs the surgery by controlling three robotic arms that can be turned through a full range of motion to reach behind and around tissue and nerves.

At Southeast Georgia Health System, robotic surgery can be used to treat a number of gynecological, urological and general surgical conditions:

  • Some ovarian cysts and masses
  • Prolapse (falling) of pelvic organs
  • Some fibroids
  • Heavy uterine bleeding
  • Cervical and endometrial cancer
  • Some cases of endometriosis
  • Prostate cancer 

What are the benefits of having a da Vinci procedure?

Robotic surgery can offer numerous potential benefits over traditional approaches, which often involve making a large abdominal incision. Potential benefits include:
  • Less pain during recovery
  • Less blood loss
  • Fewer complications
  • A lower risk of infection
  • Less scarring
  • A shorter hospital stay
  • A faster return to normal daily activities
  • Fewer hospital readmissions

What procedures are we performing with the da Vinci?

Our board-certified physicians and surgical teams who perform robotic procedures have received extensive training on the da Vinci system. Currently we are using it for gynecological and urological surgeries, such as:

  • Hysterectomy
  • Myomectomy (removal of fibroids)
  • Ovarian Cystectomy (removal of ovarian cysts and masses)
  • Sacrocolpopexy (treatment for pelvic organ prolapse)
  • Treatment of cervical and endometrial cancer
  • Radical prostatectomies (prostate glad removal)

How does the da Vinci system work?

From the remote console, just a few feet from the patient, the surgeon sees an image of the surgery site and can operate through tiny incisions. He or she operates with miniature instruments placed on the wrist. As the surgeon moves, two of the da Vinci's arms mimic the human movements. The third arm holds a laparoscopic camera that magnifies the area and allows the surgeon to work on a much smaller scale than is possible with traditional open surgery.

While clinical studies support the effectiveness of the da Vinci Surgical System when used in minimally invasive surgery, individual results may vary. Surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.

Ask your health care provider about 
da Vinci surgery or visit www.davincisurgery.com to learn more.

For more information about the da Vinci Surgical System® at Southeast Georgia Health System or for referral to one of our da Vinci surgeons, please call 912-466-5798.