Not Your Grandmother's Surgery

The evolution of surgery has allowed surgeons to achieve robotic-like capabilities. In fact, they are actually using a robot - the daVinci robotic surgical system. Today, many procedures that were once done by opening up patients with huge incisions and result in ugly scarring can now be done by four dime-sized incisions with minimal scarring. This also means faster recovery and less hospital stay. 

How can this be done, you ask? Well, the "magic" happens when a specialty trained surgeon steps behind a console that allows them to translate their movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the patient's body. The robot also allows them to have enhanced capabilities including high-definition 3D vision and magnified view. Together, robotic technology and the surgeon perform complex procedures through just a few tiny openings.
Illustrates the evolution of surgery - open procedure, laproscopic and robotic surgery
 
Types of Procedures
GwinnettMedical Center–Duluth performs several types of daVinci Surgical System procedures including:
  • Prostatectomy, the removal of the prostate gland
  • Hysterectomy, the removal of the uterus and on occasion the removal of the ovaries, fallopian tubes and/or select lymph nodes, depending on the patient’s condition
  • Myomectomy, the removal of fibroid tumors
  • Endometriosis, occurs when tissue normally located inside the lining of the uterus has grown outside the uterus
  • Sacrocolpopexy, pelvic floor prolapse

How does daVinci help?
Some of the primary benefits of procedures performed using daVinci for patients at Gwinnett Medical Center–Duluth include:
  • Reduced scarring
  • Fewer and smaller incisions
  • Reduced trauma to the body
  • Less time in the operating room
  • Reduced risk of infection
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less postoperative pain and discomfort
  • Reduced blood loss and fewer transfusions
  • Fast recovery time and quicker return to normal daily activities

Want to learn more, attend our FREE breakfast on February 24 at the Gwinnett Chamber from 7:30-9 a.m. For details and to register, visit gwinnettmedicalcenter.org/classes and choose Robotic Community Presentation or call 678-312-5000.

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