Women’s Surgery with da Vinci System in New Orleans
Surgical procedures with your needs in mind
To meet the unique needs of our female patients, Touro offers a wide range of women’s surgeries, all of which can be performed with the assistance of the da Vinci Surgical System. The da Vinci system can vastly improve the quality of your procedure while reducing scarring, bleeding, post-operation pain, and recovery time. Some of the most common surgical procedures we offer with the da Vinci system include hysterectomy, myomectomy, and sacrocolpopexy.
A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove all or part of the uterus. According to the CDC, hysterectomies are the second most common surgical procedure performed in the US each year. This common surgery can be improved with the help of the da Vinci system.
Da Vinci hysterectomy gives surgeons better control through small and effective tools able to precisely dissect and remove tissue. It also allows a surgeon to better visualize the anatomy, which is particularly helpful when operating near fragile and confined organs like the bladder. This gives the surgeon an advantage when performing a complex hysterectomy that involves adhesions from prior pelvic surgery or non-localized cancer.
For most patients, da Vinci hysterectomy offers countless benefits over traditional approaches to vaginal, laparoscopic, or open abdominal hysterectomy.
Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous tumors that occur in about one quarter of all women. Some women don't feel any symptoms when they have uterine fibroids, but others experience severe menstrual bleeding, abnormal periods, uterine bleeding, pain, discomfort, frequent urination, and infertility.
While a hysterectomy will resolve fibroids, it may not be the right surgery for everyone. For example, women who hope to later become pregnant should consider myomectomy as an alternative to hysterectomy. Myomectomy preserves the uterus by only removing uterine fibroids.
Myomectomies can be performed as open surgery through the pelvic area, during which the surgeon must carefully cut around each uterine fibroid and repair the uterine wall afterwards to reduce the risk of bleeding and infection. A myomectomy can also be performed laparoscopically, though this method is more challenging and often poses more complications.
But now, da Vinci myomectomy is an option for many women, combining the best aspects of both open and laparoscopic surgeries. Assisted by the da Vinci system, your surgeon will be able to precisely remove uterine fibroids through tiny incisions with reduced bleeding, pain, and recovery time.
Sacrocolpopexy is a procedure that corrects vaginal vault prolapse or pelvic floor disorders, which occur when the vagina drops down into the vaginal canal. Women can experience this due to childbirth, hysterectomy, with age, with weight gain, or with strenuous physical activity.
Women with vaginal vault prolapse and pelvic floor disorders tend to experience problems with:
- Urinary incontinence
- Vaginal ulceration
- Sexual dysfunction
- Bowel movement
The traditional open method of sacrocolpopexy uses a large incision in the lower abdomen to access organs including the uterus. By using the da Vinci system for sacrocolpopexym, your surgeon can avoid large incisions and have a more precise way to perform the surgery. Da Vinci sacrocolpopexy generally reduces blood less and risk of infection, shortens hospital stays, and providers a faster recovery time.