Baptist Health Corbin: Robotic Assisted Surgery
Travis Gilbert, DO, explains the advantages of using robotic-assisted surgery to perform hysterectomies, describing how the technology allows for surgical precision and shorter recovery time.
Robotic Assisted Surgery HealthTalks Transcript
Travis Gilbert, DO, Obstetrics & Gynecology
The da Vinci® robot is just another surgical tool have to kind of extend laparoscopic procedures. It makes the procedure easier on the physician and on the patient. More difficult procedures that can’t be done just with laparoscopy can be done with the da Vinci because of the preciseness of it, the accuracy, and the visualization that you get. The main thing that we do with the da Vinci as far as OB/GYN is our hysterectomies. Probably just 10 years ago, most hysterectomies were performed through a large abdominal incision. Since the advent of the da Vinci hysterectomy, we’ve been able to do nearly all of them with small incisions, which makes the recovery and healing time significantly less. I get asked from patents all the time, “Are you still the one doing the surgery?” and, in fact, we are. Basically, we start out just like we’re doing a laparoscopic procedure, putting the trocars in, then we attach the da Vinci to those trocars, and I control the whole surgery. The da Vinci doesn’t do anything at all unless I’m controlling it by myself. The typical patient here who has a da Vinci hysterectomy, the next day after surgery, they’re smiling and they’re ready to go.