The UConn Health Center offers robotic surgery, a technology that allows doctors to perform major surgical procedures through the smallest of incisions.
In the past, surgical options included traditional surgery through a large open incision, or laparoscopy which is done with small incisions but usually is limited to simple procedures. Robotic surgery combines the benefits of both, allowing for complex procedures through tiny incisions. This can mean less pain, a shorter hospital stay, a quicker return to normal activities, and the potential for better outcomes.
At the UConn Health Center, robotic surgery with the da Vinci® Surgical System is used for procedures such as a hysterectomy or prostatectomy. This breakthrough technology is changing the surgery experience for patients and doctors alike.
The da Vinci Surgical System
The UConn Health Center offers robotic surgery to help your doctor perform the most precise and least invasive procedure possible.
The da Vinci Surgical System is designed to provide surgeons with enhanced capabilities, including high-definition 3D vision and a magnified view. This enables the doctor to see tissues and blood vessels at a level of detail far beyond what is possible with open surgery or laparoscopic surgery.
Your doctor controls the system, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body. Though it is often called a robot, the system cannot act on its own. Instead, the surgery is performed entirely by your doctor. The system’s tiny instruments have a greater range of motion than the human hand.
This technology allows your doctor to perform complex procedures through just a few tiny openings. Robotic surgery offers a variety of benefits including:
- Shorter hospital stay
- Less pain
- Less blood loss and fewer transfusions
- Less scarring
- Quicker return to normal activities
As with any surgical procedure, these benefits cannot be guaranteed since surgical outcomes can vary by patient and procedure.
The da Vinci Surgical System is used in several surgical specialties including:
- Gynecologic Oncology
- Reproductive Endocrinology/Infertility
- Surgical Oncology
It is used to treat a wide range of conditions including:
- Cervical and Uterine Cancer
- Gynecologic Cancer
- Heavy Uterine Bleeding
- Kidney Cancer
- Kidney Disorders
- Prostate Cancer
- Thyroid Tumors and Nodules
- Uterine Fibroids
- Uterine Prolapse