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Clinical Specialties - Robotic Surgery

Gynaecological Robotic Surgeons & Procedures

A gynaecologist treats the overall health of their female patients, treating problems and diseases of the female reproductive system such as breast and hormonal problems, urinary tract and pelvic disorders, and cancer of the cervix. Gynaecologists can be obstetricians as well, or alternatively they could have further specialised in gynaecological surgery, including oncology treatment.

Conditions gynaecologists treat that could impact your health and quality of life include:

  • Endometriosis
  • Abnormal or very heavy bleeding
  • Fibroids
  • Cancer
  • Pelvic prolapse (falling/slipping of a pelvic organ(s))


Many gynaecologists undergo surgical training to correct female pelvic, reproductive, or urinary tract problems, including cancers of the reproductive system, and provide overall medical care for women whether it relates to the reproductive system or not.

If medicine or lifestyle changes do not help your condition, your doctor may suggest surgery, and learning about all your surgical options can help you make the best decision for your situation. Gynaecological surgery can be performed using open surgery (through one large incision) or minimally invasive surgery (through a few small incisions). Minimally invasive surgery can be performed using traditional laparoscopy or robotic-assisted da Vinci surgery.

Sydney Adventist Hospital now offers robotic surgery at no extra cost.  It has negotiated a zero cost on the consumables (disposable surgical attachments) required during da Vinci robotic surgery. Depending on your health fund, this can amount to anything from $1,500 to $3,500 in savings. By eliminating this cost, you can make a decision about what type of surgery is best for you based solely on preference and patient outcomes. Finally…robotic surgery on a level playing field.


Our Gynaecological robotic surgeons

The new da Vinci robotic program on offer at Sydney Adventist Hospital has a growing number of robotically-trained surgeons capable of performing procedures using this approach. The San is very proud of its robotic surgical team, featuring some of the most highly regarded robotic surgeons across a range of specialised fields, all of whom have extensive training on the da Vinci system.

Our robotic gynaecological surgeons include:


Gynaecological robotic procedures performed at the San

Minimally invasive surgery also known as keyhole surgery, is a modern surgical technique in which operations are performed through small incisions, using small tubes, tiny cameras and surgical instruments, often made some distance from their location. Robotic surgery is a form of minimally invasive surgery, and has been gaining favour over traditional open surgery due to the following benefits as detailed in published clinical journals and referenced in attached patient information brochures:

  • Faster patient recovery
  • Less pain
  • Less blood loss and scarring
  • Lower risk of infection


Below is a list of robotic gynaecological procedures performed at the San. Click on the link to access more information, including a da Vinci patient information brochure about the procedure and the risks associated with robotic surgery.

Single-site Hysterectomy (benign)

Many benign (non-cancerous) conditions can affect a woman’s reproductive system, which includes the uterus, cervix, ovaries and fallopian tubes. These conditions can cause many different symptoms including pelvic pain, heavy bleeding, irregular periods, fatigue, unusual bloating, pain during sex or infertility - or no symptoms at all.

If your symptoms are severe, your doctor may suggest medicine, lifestyle changes or surgery. Your doctor may suggest a hysterectomy (removal of your uterus and possibly ovaries and fallopian tubes). There are a number of different ways your doctor can perform a hysterectomy, including a single-site hysterectomy using the da Vinci surgical system.

For more information see the da Vinci robotic patient information on Single-site Hysterectomy.

Hysterectomy (benign)

If you have a benign (non-cancerous) condition that affects your health and quality of life, your doctor may suggest surgery. Surgery to take out your uterus is called a hysterectomy. It can be done with open surgery or minimally invasive surgery.

Robotic surgery is a form of minimally invasive surgery, and the San has highly skilled da Vinci robot-trained surgeons who can perform this procedure.

For more information see the da Vinci robotic surgery patient information for hysterectomy.

Hysterectomy (cancer)

If you have been diagnosed with gynaecological cancer – such as cancer of the uterus or cervix – your doctor may suggest a hysterectomy (removal of your uterus).

A hysterectomy may be performed with open surgery or minimally invasive surgery. With minimally invasive surgery, doctors can use traditional laparoscopy and operate through a few small incisions in your abdomen using long instruments and a tiny camera, or by robotic surgery using the da Vinci surgical system.

For more information see the da Vinci robotic patient information for gynaecological cancer.

Endometriosis resection

Endometriosis occurs when the tissue that lines your uterus also grows outside the uterus (called implants or lesions). Depending on how severe your symptoms are, your doctor may suggest lifestyle changes and medicine to control pain and endometriosis growth. If your symptoms get worse, surgery may be suggested.

Two common surgical options are endometriosis resection and hysterectomy. Endometriosis resection involves removing all visible implants while leaving the uterus and other organs in place. Endometriosis resection is often suggested for women who want to get pregnant in the future. Hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus and possibly other affected organs. It is suggested for women who are not planning a future pregnancy. Endometriosis resection can be done using open surgery or minimally invasive surgery using traditional laparoscopy or da Vinci surgery.

Click here for more information on da Vinci robotic surgery for Endometriosis resection.

Myomectomy

Myomectomy is more commonly known as fibroid surgery. If you have fibroid tumors and medicine, lifestyle changes or other options do not ease your symptoms, your doctor may suggest surgery. Myomectomy is the surgical removal of the fibroid(s) while leaving your uterus in place.

Myomectomy can be done using open surgery (one large incision) or minimally invasive surgery, using traditional laparoscopy or robotically-assisted da Vinci surgery.

For more information see the da Vinci robotic patient information for Myomectomy.

Sacrocolpopexy

Sacrocolpopexy, also known as pelvic prolapse surgery, occurs when a pelvic organ, such as your vagina or uterus slips out of its normal position. Surgery to correct this condition is called sacrocolpopexy. During surgery, doctors use surgical mesh to keep your pelvic organ(s) in the correct spot and ease your symptoms.

Pelvic prolapse surgery can be done with open surgery through one large incision (cut). It can also be done with minimally invasive surgery using traditional laparoscopy or by da Vinci robotic surgery.

For more see the da Vinci robotic patient information for Sacrocolpopexy.

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