Surgical system minimizes recovery time for hysterectomy

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Right choice: Diana Jimenez (left) was grateful she took the advice of Dr. Perkin Stang, chief of Methodist Hospitals' obstetrics and gynecology division, and had her hysterectomy done with the aid of the hospital's da Vinci Surgical System. | Supplied photo

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In a choice between laparoscopic surgery and open surgery, the minimally invasive, laparoscopic approach offers patients benefits that include smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

Methodist Hospitals now offers minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery using the latest, upgraded da Vinci SI robotic platform.

“Every patient is different,” said Dr. Perkin Stang, chief of Methodist Hospitals’ obstetrics and gynecology division. “The treatment path is tailored specifically for each patient, not vice versa. We don’t push technology onto the patient. In most cases, however, the da Vinci robotic platform can be used.”

The advantages of the da Vinci approach to minimally invasive surgery are significant:

Better optics

According to Dr. Stang, “The vision is superb.” What’s more, with the camera right there, you can see the tissue and blood vessels in sharp detail. Surgeons are able to work in smaller surgical fields with the finest precision and accuracy – like operating on a blade of grass. Because of better optics, dissection planes are clearer, and movements are more precise.

Reduced blood loss

Enhanced visual capabilities enable the surgeon to preemptively cauterize blood vessels to prevent further or new bleeding.

Greater dexterity

The instrumentation used in regular laparoscopy can only open and close, and is limited in motion by its rigidity. The da Vinci’s “endo wrist” provides an even greater range of flexibility than the human wrist.

More control

The surgeon has direct control of two to three robotic arms and a three-dimensional camera arm that provides a clear layout of the operative field.

Seated at the robotic console, the doctor benefits from reduced fatigue. For the patient, benefits include less pain and blood loss, and a quicker return to normal routines.

“Using the robotic platform, we’re able to do some things laparoscopically that would have been too difficult to perform with a standard minimally invasive technique,” Dr. Stang said. “In some cases, using the da Vinci can spare patients from having open surgery.”

Quicker recovery

When Diana Jimenez, of Valparaiso, was presented with the option of having her hysterectomy performed using robotic-assisted laparoscopically, she was initially hesitant.

“Dr. Stang gave me some literature, then sat down with me and explained it all in full detail,” she said.

He also assured Jimenez she would be up and feeling better, faster.

“I didn’t expect to be up and around so quickly. I was able to get up, sit up in bed, and walk the next day. Yes, I had pain, but it was manageable,” Jimenez said.

By the next week, Jimenez was able to go walking in the mall, and within two weeks, she was driving.

“I can’t thank Dr. Stang enough,” she added.

The da Vinci Surgical System can be used across specialties. Expanded uses include general surgery, cardiovascular surgery, urological procedures including prostate, and many others.

More information about Methodist Hospitals is at www.methodisthospitals.org.

Provided by Methodist Hospitals