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da Vinci® Gynecologic Surgery


Minimally invasive da Vinci Surgery allows your doctor to operate through a few tiny incisions instead of a large open incision. Robotic-assisted da Vinci Surgery provides doctors with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control. da Vinci is routinely used to treat gynecologic conditions such as:

Compared to open surgery, da Vinci Surgery offers women many potential benefits:*

Compared to traditional laparoscopic surgery, da Vinci Surgery provides women with the following potential benefits:*

Fast Facts About Gynecologic Conditions

Hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus. It is often recommended to treat fibroids, pelvic prolapse, endometriosis, heavy menstrual bleeding and certain cancers.

Myomectomy is the surgical removal of benign (non-cancerous) fibroid tumors while leaving the uterus in place. Myomectomy is an alternative to hysterectomy for women who may want to get pregnant or keep their uterus.

Sacrocolpopexy is surgery that corrects pelvic prolapse (falling) using mesh to re-suspend the vagina or uterus into the correct position.

Endometriosis Resection is the surgical removal of non-cancerous lesions or tissue that has grown outside the uterus – a condition known as endometriosis.

da Vinci Patient Comment: “I view the da Vinci Hysterectomy as a medical breakthrough that every woman facing a traditional hysterectomy should investigate. I can't imagine having a traditional hysterectomy when this is available. I only wish I would have done this sooner.”
Annette B., da Vinci Hysterectomy Patient

*Benefits are specific to the procedure referenced in the footnoted publication. While clinical studies support the use of the da Vinci® Surgical System as an effective tool for minimally invasive surgery for specific indications, individual results may vary. There are no guarantees of outcome. All surgeries involve the risk of major complications. Before you decide on surgery, discuss treatment options with your doctor. Understanding the risks of each treatment can help you make the best decision for your individual situation. Surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System may not be appropriate for every individual; it may not be applicable to your condition. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits. Only your doctor can determine whether da Vinci Surgery is appropriate for your situation. © 2012 Intuitive Surgical. All rights reserved. Intuitive, Intuitive Surgical, da Vinci, da Vinci S, da Vinci Si, Single-Site, InSite, TilePro and EndoWrist are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intuitive Surgical. All other product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders. PN 870440 Rev D 11/12

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