Imagine major surgery being performed through the smallest of incisions. Then, imagine having the benefits of a definitive treatment – but with the potential for significantly less pain, a shorter hospital stay and a faster return to normal daily activities – as well as the potential for better outcomes.
Only the da Vinci® Surgical System overcomes the limitations of both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopic surgery.
The da Vinci surgical system offers numerous potential benefits over traditional approaches, including:
- Significantly less pain
- Minimal blood loss and need for transfusion
- Fewer complications
- Shorter hospital stay
- Quicker recovery and return to normal activities
- Small incisions for minimal scarring
- Better outcomes and patient satisfaction, in many cases
Dr. Hawkins, performs a number of gynecologic procedures using the da Vinci® Surgical System. During her fellowship training in minimally invasive gynecology surgery she was trained by and worked alongside Dr. Kevin Audlin and world renowned da Vinci surgeon Dr. Dwight Im, both of whom helped hone her robotic skills. She is very proficient in the surgical treatment of endometriosis, removal of fibroids (myomectomy), hysterectomies, lysis of adhesions and several ovarian procedures using this system.
Though it is often called a “robot”, the da Vinci Surgical System cannot be programmed, nor can it make decisions on its own. Rather, the da Vinci System requires that every surgical maneuver be performed by the surgeon.
The da Vinci System provides surgeons with an enhanced magnified and high-definition 3D vision visualization of the surgical field while also providing increased surgical precision, and better control. While sitting at the ergonomic console, the surgeon controls the system, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the patient’s body.
Below is a video of Dr. Hawkins performing a da Vinci assisted hysterectomy of a fibroid uterus.