At Brigham and Women’s Center for Robotic Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, gynecologists are using cutting-edge technology to treat and care for many gynecological conditions using state-of-the-art robotics to improve reproductive surgery outcomes. This cutting-edge technology’s ability to broaden the scope of minimally invasive surgery is compelling more and more of the Center’s patients to consider robotic laparoscopic surgery as a safe and effective means of preserving their fertility and, in select cases, enhancing outcomes for subsequent assisted reproductive technology (ART) procedures.
Dr. Antonio Gargiulo and Dr. Serene Srouji of Brigham and Women’s Center for Robotic Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital employ the da Vinci Surgical System’s miniaturization, precision, dexterity and enhanced vision to maximize their surgical skills and improve patient outcomes.
Traditional open surgery requires one large incision and retraction to accommodate human hands, but only small incisions are required for the robot’s hands. These hands are attached to four available arms—one guides a high definition 3-D camera, two act as the surgeon’s main arms and an optional arm is often used for holding back tissue. The camera gives the surgeon enhanced detail, true depth of field and a panoramic view, and the robotic hands’ broad range of movement gives the surgeon greater dexterity. These capabilities are further enhanced by unique ergonomics that help to ease surgeon fatigue and precise mechanics that enable steady movements. These movements are always guided by a doctor, never programmed.