Robotic Gynecological Surgery
Expect to experience less pain, smaller incisions and recovery time
that's cut nearly in half when you chose robotic surgery at St. Luke's
over traditional methods.
Robotics at St. Luke's
Our skill with robotics technology is unmatched in the state of Iowa.
St. Luke's performs more robotic gynecological procedures than any
other hospital in the state. In addition, St. Luke's is one of six Robotic Epicenters
in the Midwest - surgeons travel from across the country to St. Luke's
to receive special training on the da Vinci® surgical robot from Dr.
Jerry Rozeboom, OB-GYN Associates, P.C. and St. Luke's robotic team.
Gynecological surgeries performed using the da Vinci robot:
- Hysterectomy for benign or malignant disease - Common symptoms include fibroids, abnormal bleeding or endometriosis.
- Tubal Reanastomosis
- Various Pelvic Relaxation Procedures
Robotic vs. conventional laparoscopic surgery
Robotic techniques can overcome many limitations posed by
conventional laparoscopic surgery. Robotic surgery is performed through
dime-sized incisions near the abdomen. Fully articulating robotic arms
mimic the motions of hands for better dexterity and control, whereas
conventional laparoscopic instruments are scopes and long sticks that
can't go around corners. Robotic surgery offers surgeons incredible
clarity with high-definition 3D pictures, resulting in better
visualization and precision. Many patients are back to doing what they
love within a week after surgery.
First in Iowa to Offer Minimally Invasive Treatment for Fibroids
UnityPoint Health – St. Luke's Hospital is the first hospital in the state to offer Acessa, a new minimally invasive gynecological procedure to treat uterine fibroids. The Acessa procedure, also known as laparoscopic radiofrequency ablation for fibroids, is an alternative to a myomectomy and hysterectomy.
Two small incisions are made in a woman's abdomen and high-frequency ultrasound mapping locates each fibroid. The surgeon then uses a small needle array to deploy heat in the fibroid. The body then reabsorbs the fibroid tissue.
Acessa is performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. Patients typically go home the same day, experience minimal discomfort, and a return to normal activities in three to five days. Other treatment options may require six to eight weeks for recovery.
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