Singing River Health System offers a variety of robotic procedures. Discover more about each procedure offered below.
da Vinci® Hysterectomy
A wide variety of conditions affect the uterus. The uterus is a hollow, muscular organ which holds and feeds a fertilized egg. Traditionally, many conditions affecting the uterus are treated with a hysterectomy – the surgical removal of the uterus. U.S. doctors perform about 600,000 hysterectomies every year, making it the second most common surgical procedure.
Hysterectomy may offer a life-saving treatment with serious conditions such as Cancer or Uncontrollable Bleeding. In most cases, however, hysterectomy is an elective procedure performed to relieve chronic pain, bleeding, or other disabling conditions. These may be caused by fibroids (noncancerous tumors), endometriosis (noncancerous growth of the uterine lining) or prolapse (falling or slipping of the uterus). A clinical study concluded that da Vinci hysterectomy may overcome many of the challenges surgeons face when using a minimally invasive approach to remove the uterus.
da Vinci Prostatectomy
Prostate cancer is a disease in which malignant cells form in the tissues of the prostate. The prostate is a gland in the male reproductive system located just below the bladder and in front of the rectum. It is about the size of a walnut and surrounds the urethra. The prostate gland produces fluid that makes up part of the semen. Approximately 16% of American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer sometime in their life. Treatment options and prognosis depend on the stage of the cancer, the Gleason Score, and the patient’s age and general health. With greater public awareness, early detection is on the rise and mortality rates are declining. Additionally, new advances in medical technology are enabling cancer victims to live active and productive lives after their treatment. Studies suggest that da Vinci prostatectomy may improve cancer control and reduce the risk of urinary incontinence and impotence following surgery.
Single-Site Gallbladder Surgery
Gallbladder conditions lead to symptoms of pain in the abdomen, typically in the right upper quadrant that can also extend into the back. This pain is mostly a dull ache but can be a sharp pain also. Other symptoms include nausea, sometimes vomiting and bloating, typically after meals that are fried and greasy. Patients should visit their regular physician with these symptoms.
Patients who are having an acute attack of the gall bladder will have a very sharp pain, often severe enough to go to the emergency room. This pain can be sub-sternal and often mimics a heart attack. If you are having chest pain, go to the emergency room because in most cases it will be a heart attack. Occasionally, at least once a month, they receive a patient who thought they were having a Heart Attack but was actually having a gallbladder issue. If you are having these symptoms, it is recommended that you get your gallbladder out sooner rather than later because there is a chance of passing a stone into your bile duct and getting pancreatitis, which is a much bigger problem and can often require spending several days in the hospital.
This procedure can now be done using the da Vinci surgical system as a single-site, minimally invasive gallbladder surgery. This is typically outpatient surgery and the patient can return home in the afternoon.
Robotic Burch Procedure
Singing River Health System is the first on the Gulf Coast to offer a robotic, minimally invasive surgery procedure for urinary incontinence without using meshes and slings. By using the da Vinci surgical system, the surgeon is able to make small laparoscopic incisions during the surgery. The Burch procedure is performed to fix stress leakage when women cough, sneeze, laugh, etc. It is typically done using slings and surgical meshes due to having to do an open incision, but now, with the surgical robot, we have returned to the gold standard in helping women with bladder control. Surgeries using an open incision require a longer recovery period.
Stress leakage can happen to women of all ages. A simple screening can determine if patients are a good candidate for the procedure before surgery. Call 228-769-1940 for more information.
da Vinci surgical procedures offer numerous potential benefits over traditional surgical approaches including shorter hospital stay, less pain, faster recovery, quicker return to normal activities, less risk of wound infection, less blood loss and less scarring. As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed as surgery is patient-specific and procedure-specific.