The da Vinci Surgical System allows for high-precision, minimally invasive reconstructive surgery to be performed for a variety of conditions and can address the problems that occur as a result of birth defects, age, trauma, or injury. Currently, reconstructive surgery is used at Harrison Medical Center within the field of gynecology and urology.
Help for pelvic conditions
In women, weakening of pelvic connective tissues with age or after childbirth can cause prolapse (a slipping forward or down) of the pelvic organs. In this condition, tissues of the female pelvic region begin to protrude. This happens because connective tissues or muscles in the pelvis are weak and cannot hold the pelvic contents in their natural positions.
Women with pelvic organ prolapse often experience sexual dysfunction, difficulty with urination or bowel movements, vaginal discomfort, or urinary incontinence. In severe cases, the urinary tract can become blocked. The most successful repair for this condition is called abdominal sacrocolpopexy, which means mesh is used to hold the tissues in their correct position. The da Vinci Surgical System has revolutionized this surgical process by decreasing complications and recovery times, shortening hospital stays, and allowing patients to return to normal activities faster.
Help for kidney conditions
In men and women of all ages, the kidneys perform the job of filtering toxins from the blood. When the kidneys drainage system along the ureters (the tubes that course from the kidneys down to the bladder) is blocked, significant pain, infections, kidney failure, and kidney stone formation can occur.
These blockages can be treated with laparoscopic minimally invasive surgery in the form of a pyeloplasty. This refers to the surgical reconstruction of the damaged segment and restoration of normal kidney drainage. The ureter is only a few millimeters in diameter, so a lasting repair depends on a high level of precision and surgical technique. The da Vinci Surgical System allows surgeons to treat this condition with a much higher success rate then traditional laparoscopic surgery or endoscopic surgery.