A considerable number of women will need gynecologic surgery during their lifetime, to treat pelvic floor disorders or other problems. Many conditions that used to require major surgery and a lengthy hospital stay can now be treated with minimally invasive robotic surgery.
Our specially trained surgeons have treated thousands of women across San Diego using robot-assisted procedures. Whether you’re suffering from uterine fibroids or endometriosis, Scripps offers minimally invasive surgical options that may improve your quality of life and cause less pain, with fewer complications and a quicker recovery.
Scripps surgeons perform many robot-assisted gynecologic procedures, including:
Robotic hysterectomy is surgery to remove all or part of a woman’s uterus without a large incision. Depending on your unique condition, your surgeon may also remove your fallopian tubes, cervix, ovaries and upper part of the vagina. Scripps also offers single-site robotic hysterectomy. This advanced option allows your surgeon to remove your uterus through a single, tiny incision hidden in your navel.
Robotic myomectomy is a surgical procedure to treat benign (noncancerous) tumors called uterine fibroids. These growths develop within your uterine wall and may cause excessive menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain or infertility.
Endometriosis is a condition that causes the uterine lining (endometrial tissue) to grow outside your uterus. This tissue may implant in other pelvic organs, including your ovaries and fallopian tubes. Endometriosis can cause severe pain during menstruation, and abnormal growths called cysts, lesions and adhesions.
Our surgeons perform several robot-assisted procedures to manage endometriosis. These include surgery to remove the abnormal endometrial tissue, and sentinel lymph node biopsy to test for endometrial cancer.
Oophorectomy is surgery to remove one or both ovaries. This is a common treatment for ovarian cancer, ovarian cysts or other ovarian abnormalities.
This procedure corrects prolapse, a condition that causes the bladder, uterus or other pelvic organs to droop down into (or outside of) your vagina.
Omentectomy is surgery to remove the thin fold of abdominal tissue (omentum) that encases your stomach, large intestine and other abdominal organs. In patients undergoing hysterectomy for ovarian cancer, an omentectomy may be performed for preventive reasons, or if the cancer has spread to the omentum.
Robot-assisted gynecologic surgery may not be appropriate for all patients. Talk to your surgeon about all your treatment options, including the risks and benefits of each.
Compared to open surgery, robot-assisted gynecologic surgery may offer several benefits. These include:
- Reduced risk of complications, including surgical site infection
- Less blood loss
- Less pain, reducing the need for pain medication
- Much smaller scars
- Shorter hospital stays
- Quicker recovery
Like all surgery, robotic gynecologic surgery also has immediate or long-term risks. These include:
- Complications such as surgical site infection
- Excessive bleeding
- Organ, tissue or nerve damage
- Complications from anesthesia
- Equipment failure