Robotic Surgery in Infertility Treatment
There are times when infertility treatments include surgery. Until recently, minimally invasive laparoscopy has been the preferred approach for reproductive surgery. The benefits of minimally invasive surgery include faster recovery, reduced pain and blood loss and lower risk of scar tissue formation, which can actually cause infertility. Some difficult reproductive surgeries have, until recently, required an open surgical approach or laparotomy, which has led to longer hospital stays and recovery times and greater costs associated with extended hospital stays.
The da Vinci® Surgical System, FDA-approved for gynecologic surgery since 2005, has become a useful tool for reproductive surgeons. Robotic surgery combines the advantages of minimally invasive laparoscopy with the full range of motion a surgeon needs to achieve better outcomes. Surgeries that may not have been possible with traditional laparoscopy can now be done with da Vinci robotics. We also use robotic surgery to remove uterine fibroids that can prevent pregnancy.
The system gives us enhanced capabilities, including high-definition 3D vision and a magnified view. The system translates the surgeon’s hand movements into smaller, more precise movements with tiny instruments inside the body. Though it is called a “robot,” the da Vinci system cannot act on its own; the surgery is performed entirely under the doctor’s control.
The da Vinci technology allows the doctor to perform complex procedures through just a few tiny openings. This allows patients to get back to their lives faster without the usual recovery challenges following major surgery.