Robotic Gynecology and Urogynecology Surgery
The urologists at Hackensack University Medical Center are pioneers in innovative robotic surgical techniques for the treatment of urogynecology conditions.
Robotic Gynecology Surgery Means Less Pain, Faster Healing, and a Quicker Return to Normal ActivitiesThe gynecologists and urogynecologists at Hackensack Meridian Health use minimally invasive robotic techniques to perform surgery for a wide range of gynecological conditions. Our surgeons use robotic procedures to treat both benign and cancerous conditions. This state-of-the-art technology significantly reduces the recovery period for many of these surgeries.
Robotic surgery is a type of minimally invasive surgery during which doctors use very small surgical instruments and a camera that fit into a patient’s body through incisions that are less than a half-inch long. The precision of robotic technology allows surgeons to perform complicated procedures while avoiding damage to surrounding areas.
The advantages of robotic surgery may include:
- Smaller incisions and less tissue damage
- Increased precision for complex surgeries
- Decreased blood loss (and reduced need for transfusions)
- Less risk of infection
- Less pain after surgery
- Smaller scars, both external and internal
- Shorter hospital stay
- Faster recovery and return to normal activities
For certain gynecology procedures, our surgeons use single port robotic technology, which means all the surgical instruments and the camera are inserted through one tube and a single incision or opening. This technology allows for even greater flexibility in the hardest-to-reach areas.
When Should You Consider Robotic Gynecology or Urogynecology Surgery
We use robotic technology to treat the following gynecology and urogynecology conditions:
- Cervical cancer
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Irregular uterine bleeding
- Ovarian cancer
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Pelvic reconstruction
- Urinary or fecal incontinence
- Uterine cancer
We perform the following robotic surgical procedures:
- Biopsy: Removal of tissue samples for diagnostic purposes.
- Excision of endometriosis: Removes growths and scar tissue without harming the healthy tissue of the uterus.
- Myomectomy: Removes uterine fibroids, leaving the uterus intact.
- Ovarian cystectomy: Removal of ovarian cysts while preserving the ovaries
- Partial hysterectomy: Removes a woman's uterus, leaving the cervix intact.
- Prolapse repair: Repairs weakened pelvic floor tissue to support pelvic organs.
- Sacrocolpopexy: Surgically corrects pelvic organ prolapse using mesh to hold the vagina in the correct position.
- Salpingo-oophorectomy: Removal of the ovaries or fallopian tubes.
- Total hysterectomy: Removal of the uterus and the cervix.
Why Choose Hackensack Meridian Health
- Our multidisciplinary robotics team includes experienced cancer, urogynecology and reproductive robotic surgery specialists.
- Our department continues to explore additional techniques using advanced telerobotic technology in performing a variety of procedures for benign and malignant gynecologic conditions.
- Hackensack Meridian Health performs robotic surgery for patients who come to the hospital for emergency care, as well as scheduled patients. This means that all patients have access to the benefits of this surgery: less bleeding, less pain, and faster healing.
- Hackensack Meridian Health has a nationally recognized operating room nursing team specializing in robotic surgery.
- Our robotic systems incorporate the latest 3D, high-definition imaging technology, providing our surgeons with increased visibility using the smallest possible incisions.
- Clinical trials are available to gynecologic cancer patients to detect sentinel lymph node (SLN) involvement in cervical and uterine cancer cases. These include the “firefly trial”, which uses a fluorescent dye to make the SLN glow under near-infrared imaging with the help of da Vinci robotic technology.
- Hackensack University Medical Center was among the first hospitals in the world — and the first hospital in New Jersey — to use the da Vinci SP single port robotic surgery system.
Our surgeons use robotic technology for many gynecological surgeries, which means smaller incisions, less pain, and a faster recovery.