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Diagram of the female anatomy with fibroidsThis procedure is often used 
to treat uterine fibroids, a 
common type of benign 
(non-cancerous) tumor 
that develops within the 
uterine wall. Uterine fibroids
occur in up to one
third of all women and are
actually the leading cause of hysterectomies.1

Uterine fibroids occur in 20–40% of all women during their reproductive years.1
Uterine fibroids may grow as a single tumor or in clusters. They often increase
in size and frequency with age but may also revert in size after menopause.
While not all women with fibroids experience them,symptoms may include 
excessive menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain and infertility.

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Uterine fibroid treatment
A common alternative to hysterectomy for fibroids is myomectomy—the surgical removal of fibroid tumors and a procedure considered standard-of-care for removing fibroid tumors while preserving the uterus. It therefore may be recommended for women who wish to become pregnant. Myomectomy is most often performed through a large abdominal incision.

After removing each fibroid, the surgeon repairs the uterus to minimize potential bleeding, infection and scarring. Proper repair is critical to reducing the risk of uterine rupture during a future pregnancy.

Uterine fibroid embolization is a newer noninvasive treatment in which blood vessels to the uterus are blocked. Another approach, laparoscopic myomectomy, is a minimally invasive surgery but is usually not an option for women with large fibroids, multiple fibroids or fibroids in difficult to reach areas.

Robotic myomectomy
This is robotic surgery is less invasive surgical procedure designed to preserve the uterus. Using the da Vinci® robot, robotic myomectomy enables surgeons to perform this delicate operation with unmatched precision, vision and control using only a few small incisions. There are several benefits to minimally invasive surgery over an open abdominal surgery, including:

  • Significantly less pain2
  • Less blood loss and fewer blood transfusions3
  • Minimally invasive surgical option for women with large, numerous or difficult to access fibroids4
  • Fewer complications and a lower risk of infection2
  • Shorter hospital stay2
  • Faster recovery and return to normal activities2
  • Small, dime-sized incisions for minimal scarring1

Watch the da Vinci system demonstrate its precision by folding origami.

For a physician referral from Gwinnett Medical Center, call 678-312-5000 or click here to find a doctor and search “robotic surgery.”

Request a FREE educational and testimonial DVD about robotic hysterectomies in the mail from Gwinnett Medical Center.

As with any surgical procedure, these benefits cannot be guaranteed as surgery is both patient and procedure specific.

1Visco AG, Advincula AP, Robotic Gynecologic Surgery; Obstetrics and gynecology (2008) 112 (6), pp. 1369-1384
2 Advincula AP, Song A, Burke W, Reynolds RK; Preliminary Experience with Robot-Assisted Laparoscopic Myomectomy; Journal of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (2004)11(4):511–518
4Piquion-Joseph JM, Navar A, Ghazaryan A, Papanna R, Klimek W, Laroia R, Robot-assisted gynecological surgery in a community setting; Journal of Robotic Surgery (2009) pp. 1-4