A wide variety of benign (non-cancerous) conditions may affect a woman’s reproductive system. Your reproductive system consists of your uterus, vagina, ovaries and fallopian tubes.
Common types of gynecologic conditions such as fibroids (non-cancerous growths in the uterine wall), endometriosis (non-cancerous growths of the uterine lining) or prolapse (falling or slipping of the uterus) – can cause chronic pain and heavy bleeding, as well as other disabling symptoms.
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Treatments and Surgery
The treatments or surgical options available to you will depend on many factors, such as your physical condition, stage of your disease and personal preferences. When medicine, lifestyle changes and other non-invasive treatments do not ease your symptoms, your doctor may recommend surgery.
Gynecologic surgery is recommended for women facing cervical and uterine cancer, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, pelvic prolapse and excessive bleeding (menorrhagia).
Serious complications may occur in any surgery, including da Vinci® Surgery, up to and including death. Examples of serious or life-threatening complications, which may require prolonged and/or unexpected hospitalization and/or reoperation, include but are not limited to, one or more of the following: injury to tissues/organs, bleeding, infection and internal scarring that can cause long-lasting dysfunction/pain. Risks of surgery also include the potential for equipment failure and/or human error. Individual surgical results may vary.
Risks specific to minimally invasive surgery, including da Vinci Surgery, include but are not limited to, one or more of the following: temporary pain/nerve injury associated with positioning; temporary pain/discomfort from the use of air or gas in the procedure; a longer operation and time under anesthesia and conversion to another surgical technique. If your doctor needs to convert the surgery to another surgical technique, this could result in a longer operative time, additional time under anesthesia, additional or larger incisions and/or increased complications.
Patients who are not candidates for non-robotic minimally invasive surgery are also not candidates for da Vinci® Surgery. Patients should talk to their doctor to decide if da Vinci Surgery is right for them. Patients and doctors should review all available information on non-surgical and surgical options in order to make an informed decision. For Important Safety Information, including surgical risks, indications, and considerations and contraindications for use, please also refer to www.intuitivesurgical.com/safety.