Surgical techniques: robot-assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy with the da Vinci® surgical system

Authors

  • A. P. Advincula

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    1. Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA
    • Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Michigan Medical Center, L 4000 Women's Hospital, 1500 East Medical Center Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA.
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  • No conflict of interest was declared.

Abstract

Background

Advanced gynecologic pathology and the surgical limitations of conventional laparoscopy have often been cited as impediments to converting hysterectomy from a procedure predominantly performed by laparotomy to one accomplished by laparoscopy. Recently, the use of robotic technology as a means to facilitate the laparoscopic completion of a hysterectomy was introduced.

Methods

Application of robotic-assistance with the da Vinci surgical system to complete a laparoscopic hysterectomy.

Results

Advantages to this approach have been the improved dexterity and precision of the instruments coupled with three-dimensional imaging. Published preliminary data have shown feasibility and safety to this approach.

Conclusion

The following paper demonstrates a safe and efficient surgical technique for completing a robot-assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy with the da Vinci Surgical System. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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