OB-GYN da Vinci Surgical System

The WMC OB department physicians, Dr. Mark GarnaasDr. Janice Givler and Dr. Jennifer Mayo have been using the da Vinci Surgery system for the past several years.

Over the past decade, more than 3 million surgeries have been performed worldwide using the da Vinci Surgical System. Finding out that you need surgery can be unsettling and even frightening. Discussing all surgical options with your doctor is an important step in understanding what is right for you.

Da Vinci Surgery is a less invasive technique than traditional surgery. With da Vinci Surgery, the cuts (incisions) made in your body by your surgeon are much smaller than the cut made during traditional (also called “open”) surgery. Compared with open surgery, having da Vinci Surgery may offer you:

  • A shorter hospital stay
  • Less blood loss
  • Fewer complications
  • Less need for narcotic pain medicine
  • A faster recovery
  • Smaller incisions for minimal scarring

Since its launch, da Vinci Surgery has greatly reduced the number of open surgeries for common operations (such as hysterectomy). Thanks to da Vinci technology, more patients have been offered minimally invasive surgery than at any other time in history.

The da Vinci Surgical System is a tool that utilizes advanced, robotic technologies to assist your surgeon with your operation. It does not act on its own and its movements are controlled by your surgeon. The da Vinci Surgical System has a 3D high definition (3D-HD) vision system, special instruments and computer software that allow your surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control. The 3D-HD image can be magnified up to 10 times so your surgeon has a close-up view of the area he or she is operating on. The da Vinci instruments have mechanical wrists that bend and rotate to mimic the movements of the human wrist – allowing your surgeon to make small, precise movements inside your body.

In the United States, da Vinci Surgery is the #1 option chosen by women with gynecologic cancer.

Over the past decade, hundreds of studies have been published on the use of the da Vinci Surgical System demonstrating improved surgical outcomes when compared to open surgery. To date, more than 3 million surgeries have been performed worldwide using the da Vinci Surgical System.

Surgery with the da Vinci Surgical system is a type of minimally invasive surgery.   Most insurance plans include da Vinci Surgery in their minimally invasive coverage. Major insurance plans, including United, Aetna, and Blue Cross Blue Shield, cover da Vinci Surgery. Check with your insurance provider to confirm coverage.