|Cutting Edge of Minimally-Invasive Gyn Surgery
Surgeons with Women & Infants' Program in Women's Oncology - led by Drs. Walter Gajewski, Paul DiSilvestro, and Richard Moore - have been on the cutting edge of minimally-invasive gynecologic surgery for more than a decade. For women who are candidates for this type of surgery, minimally-invasive procedures can result in shorter hospital stays and a faster return to regular activities and work.
Now, Women & Infants is expanding this expertise with the addition of robotically-assisted laparoscopic surgery, which extends the possibility of minimally invasive surgery to even more women.
We already offer women the most advanced laparoscopic surgery in the region. This new tool allows us to extend this to even more women who need the special care and expertise that Women & Infants has to offer," says Skip Granai, MD, director of the Program in Women's Oncology.
Robotic surgery is a type of laparoscopic surgery that uses special instruments and a three-dimensional camera. The robotic assistance significantly helps the surgeon reach areas not accessible with even the advanced laparoscopic surgery already available at Women & Infants.
The system has two parts: the surgical robot and the surgeon console. The robot features four arms inserted through ports into the patient's body through incisions that measure only one half inch. One arm controls a high-definition camera that transmits a three-dimensional image to the console. The surgeon uses the other arms to control surgical instruments.
The surgeon operates at the console and manipulates the hand controls while watching the three-dimensional monitor. The system translates the surgeon's hand, wrist and finger motions into precise movements of the surgical instruments inside the patient.
It is important to realize that the robot does not operate on its own. It requires a surgeon trained in robotics to perform surgical procedures.
If you have robotic surgery, you should realize the following benefits compared with surgery through an abdominal incision:
- Shorter hospital stay
- Shorter recuperation period overall
- Less pain
- Less blood loss and tissue trauma
- Fewer complications
- Less scarring
The surgical robot at Women & Infants is approved for the following procedures:
| Women's Robotic Surgery Campaign
|In keeping with the overall mission of Women & Infants, the Robotic Surgery Program is available to women regardless of their ability to pay. In addition, unlike traditional laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery is available to women who are obese or have considerable scarring.|
To learn more, contact the Robotic Surgery Program at (401) 453-7560.
| Robotic Surgery Program Team
Women & Infants currently has five clinicians who are certified to use the robot:
Dr. Charles Rardin
Director of the robotic surgery program, urogynecologic surgeon
Dr. Bala Bhagavath
Reproductive endocrinology surgeon
Dr. Beata DiZoglio
Dr. Carolyn McCourt
Dr. Gretchen Paranya
Dr. Trevor Tejada-Bergés
Dr. W. Scott Walker
Learn more about the Robotic Surgery Program Team