What is Robotic Surgery?

Dr. David E. Newman discusses the benefits of robotic surgery.

As part of our commitment to excellent patient care, physicians at Carolinas HealthCare System University have adopted robotic surgery for a range of gynecologic surgeries, including hysterectomy and myomectomy. Our surgical staff has undergone extensive training on this remarkable technology to ensure that you receive the advanced, personalized care you deserve.

Fluorescence Imaging

This technology is an imaging system used during robotic surgery that helps surgeons and physicians to more clearly see tumors in Kidneys or differences in healthy and inflamed tissue. Flourescence imaging allows the tissue or tumor to light up in a bright green hue. The effect makes it much easier for surgeons to see the tissue that's causing you pain or the clearly identify a cancerous tumor. That means less chance of having to remove your entire kidney or repeat procedures.

Facing a Hysterectomy?

This is not your mother's hysterectomy. Today, we can treat a range of gynecologic conditions - from chronic pelvic pain to abnormal bleeding using robotic technologies. This procedure requires only a few small incisions, so you can get back to life faster - without the usual recovery following major surgery.

For most patients, robotic surgery can offer numerous potential benefits over traditional approaches, particularly when performing more complex procedures.

Potential benefits include

  • Significantly less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Fewer complications
  • Less scarring
  • A shorter hospital stay
  • A faster return to normal daily activities

Robotic surgery also allows your surgeon to have a magnified view of your body, which is especially critical when working around delicate and confined areas, like the bladder. This means that surgeons have a distinct advantage when performing a complex hysterectomy involving adhesions from prior pelvic surgery, non-localized cancer or an abdominal hysterectomy.

A significant new study confirms the potential benefits women can gain by having the type robotic surgery that is now offered at Carolinas HealthCare System University.

In this study, comparing surgical outcomes from a total laparoscopic hysterectomy to a robotically assisted hysterectomy, physicians analyzed the outcomes for 100 patients treated prior to the introduction of the robotic surgical systems system into their practice v. 100 after this treatment option was available. The authors found that without robotic surgery, the surgeons more frequently had to "open up" patients during a minimally invasive surgery.

Also in this study, robotic surgery reduced the length of the surgery, reduced blood loss by half and significantly shortened length of stay in the hospital, from 1.6 to one day.

1 in 3 women will face hysterectomy - are you one of them?

For your mother's generation, hysterectomy typically meant a painful recovery and potential complications. At Carolinas HealthCare System University, we have set out to change the experience of gynecologic surgery with our investment in the most advanced technology for minimally invasive surgery.

Have you or are you currently experiencing any symptoms or conditions below?

  • Pelvic pain
  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Falling uterus or bladder (prolapse)
  • Cancer

If so, it's time to consult your physician and see if you're a candidate for robotic surgery. Through an enduring relationship with a Carolinas HealthCare System University physician, you will receive convenient, coordinated and comprehensive healthcare.