Robotic Minimally Invasive Surgery

Thanks to a breakthrough surgical technology, there is a new category of minimally invasive surgery for which you may be a candidate. It is an effective, minimally invasive alternative to both open surgery and laparoscopy. DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital uses of the da Vinci® Surgical System, surgeons are now able to offer a minimally invasive option for complex surgical procedures.

Robotic Hysterectomy

The surgery system enables your doctor to perform a minimally invasive robotic hysterectomy even for complex conditions — with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control. Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus; sometimes the cervix and/or ovaries and fallopian tubes are also removed. The three conditions most often associated with hysterectomy are fibroid tumors, endometriosis, and uterine prolapse.

Benefits of Robotic Hysterectomy

Robotic hysterectomy offers women many potential benefits over traditional surgery including:

  • Less pain
  • Fewer complications
  • Less blood loss
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Low risk of wound infection
  • Quicker recovery and return to normal activities.

How does robotic hysterectomy work?

For numerous gynecological procedures, including robotic hysterectomies, the surgeon works from a console, utilizing remote hand and foot controls to operate an HD camera and three operating arms. With the da Vinci robotic hysterectomy the incision is smaller and the movement of the surgical instruments is more subtle than traditional laparoscopic hysterectomy surgery. Also the operating instruments have greater range of motion than even the human wrist. Every aspect of the surgery performed with the robotic device is directed by the surgeon. 

Watch this video to learn more about hysterectomies that are less invasive, with less pain and shorter recovery time.

Am I a candidate for robotic hysterectomy?

Keep in mind that every woman is different and every situation is different. A good treatment choice for one woman may not be good for another.  If you’re considering robotic hysterectomy your doctor can help you understand your options. You should:

  • Ask about the possible risks of the surgery.
  • Talk to your doctor about other treatment options. Ask about the risks of those treatments.
  • Consider getting a second opinion from another doctor.

To learn more about robotic hysterectomy call (888) DMC-2500 to request an appointment with a DMC Huron Valley-Sinai hospital surgeon who specializes in robotic hysterectomy.

Robotic Prostatectomy

The surgery system enables your urologist to perform a minimally invasive prostatectomy — with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control. Prostatectomy -- surgery to remove the prostate gland -- is used to treat prostate cancer. It is performed most often when the cancer has not spread beyond the prostate gland. Radical prostatectomy removes the prostate as well as the surrounding tissue. There are several ways to perform a prostatectomy: open surgery through large incisions, manual laparoscopic prostatectomy, as well as da Vinci robotic-assisted prostatectomy.

Benefits of Robotic Prostatectomy

Robotic hysterectomy may offers women many potential benefits over traditional surgery including:

  • Less pain
  • Fewer complications
  • Less blood loss
  • Fewer days with a catheter
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Quicker recovery and return to normal activities.

Am I a candidate for robotic prostatectomy?

Every person is different, and every case of prostate cancer is different. Prostatectomy is one of many treatment options for men facing prostate cancer. Besides surgery, other treatments include radiation, cryotherapy, hormone therapy, and physician-monitored waiting and watching.  If your treatment options include prostatectomy, your doctor can help you understand the risks and benefits and whether robotic prostatectomy is right for you.   
You should:

  • Ask about the possible risks of the surgery.
  • Talk to your doctor about other treatment options. Ask about the risks of those treatments.
  • Consider getting a second opinion from another doctor.

To learn more about robotic prostatectomy call (888) DMC-2500 to request an appointment with a DMC Huron Valley-Sinai hospital surgeon who specializes in robotic prostatectomy.

Frequently Asked Questions- RMIS

Q. What is Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS)?
A. MIS is surgery typically performed through small incisions, or operating ports, rather than large incisions, resulting in potentially shorter recovery times, fewer complications, and reduced trauma.

Q. What are the benefits of robotic minimally invasive surgery compared with traditional methods of surgery?
A. Some of the major benefits experienced by surgeons using the surgical system over traditional approaches have been greater surgical precision, increased range of motion, improved dexterity, enhanced visualization and improved access. Benefits experienced by patients may include a shorter hospital stay, less pain, less risk of infection, less blood loss, fewer transfusions, less scarring, faster recovery and a quicker return to normal daily activities. None of these benefits can be guaranteed, as surgery is necessarily both patient- and procedure-specific.

Q. Has the Surgical System been cleared by the FDA?
A. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the da Vinci Surgical System for a wide range of procedures.

Q: Is robotic minimally invasive surgery covered by insurance?
A. The surgery is categorized as robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery, so any insurance that covers minimally invasive surgery generally covers the surgery. It is important to note that your coverage will depend on your plan and
benefits package.

Q. Do the surgical system make the surgeon unnecessary?
A. On the contrary, the robotic system enables surgeons to be more precise, advancing their technique and enhancing their capability in performing complex minimally invasive surgery. The system replicates the surgeon's movements in real time. It cannot be programmed, nor can it make decisions on its own to move in any way or perform any type of surgical maneuver without the surgeon's input.

Q. Is a surgeon using the surgical system operating in "virtual reality"?
A. Although seated at a console a few feet away from the patient, the surgeon views an actual image of the surgical field while operating in real-time, through tiny incisions, using miniaturized, wristed instruments. At no time does the surgeon see a virtual image or program/command the system to perform any maneuver on its own/outside of the surgeon's direct, real-time control.

Q: What procedures have been performed using the da Vinci Surgical System? What additional procedures are possible?
A. The da Vinci System is a robotic surgical platform designed to enable complex procedures of all types to be performed through 1-2 cm incisions or operating “ports.” To date, tens of thousands of procedures including general, urologic, gynecologic procedures have been performed using the da Vinci Surgical System.