Da Vinci® hysterectomy can offer numerous advantages over traditional procedures, including:
Many women prolong a recommended hysterectomy, especially if there is a non-cancerous diagnosis, primarily because of the six- to eight-week recovery period involved with traditional surgery. If your physician recommends hysterectomy, ask about the option of da Vinci® surgery, a minimally invasive treatment for a range of gynecological conditions.
King’s Daughters Medical Center (KDMC) introduced da Vinci® to its array of high-tech surgical innovations in August 2008. In addition, KDMC gynecologist Brian Frederick, M.D., earned the distinction in 2008 as the first obstetrician/gynecologist in Kentucky and the first in the King’s Daughters’ service area to complete criteria to be recognized by Intuitive Surgical® on its da Vinci® surgery website. The use of minimally invasive surgical techniques, in general, leads to shorter hospital stays, reduced risk of infection, less scarring, and a faster return to normal activities for the patient. By creating tiny incisions (1-2 cm), da Vinci® surgeons can operate with greater visualization and enhanced precision, minimizing the pain and risk associated with large incisions while increasing the likelihood of a fast recovery and excellent clinical outcomes. “The magnified, three-dimensional view assists the physician in performing complex procedures through these small surgical incisions, allowing for less patient trauma, which in turn, results in a reduction in pain and blood loss, less scarring and recovery time,” Dr. Frederick said. “By combining this computer-enhanced technology with the surgeon’s skill, the da Vinci® system allows us to take surgery beyond the limits of the human hand,” he said. “It is important for patients to understand that the surgeon uses the technology to assist him – it is just an extension of the surgeon’s own hands,” Dr. Frederick said.
Each year in the United States, physicians perform approximately 600,000 hysterectomies, making it the second most common surgical procedure for women. Most often, hysterectomy is scheduled to treat problems ranging from discomfort due to endometriosis -- to life-threatening cancer. Joining Dr. Frederick in offering da Vinci® hysterectomy at KDMC are gynecologists Richard Ford, M.D., Kelsey James, M.D., and Tony Dotson, D.O.
Other KDMC physicians who are utilizing the da Vinci® system are urologists Tim Dixon, M.D., and William Boykin, M.D., who are using the surgical system to perform minimally invasive prostatectomy (removal of the prostate gland); and Mariano Faresi, M.D., for colorectal surgery. In addition to Dr. Frederick, Dr. James, Dr. Dixon and Dr. Boykin now have earned the special designation by Intuitive Surgical® for their accomplishments associated with the use of the da Vinci® surgical system. Intuitive lists on the website the names of physicians who have completed a recommended number of da Vinci® cases in the past year, resulting in positive outcomes. (intuitivesurgical.com)
Call KDMC at 1.888.377.5362 for contact information for a da Vinci® surgeon. To participate in a free information session about da Vinci® hysterectomy, call 606.408.6187.
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