The Northwestern Medicine Division of Gynecologic Oncology is dedicated to offering less invasive alternatives to traditional procedures for women diagnosed with gynecologic cancers.
Since the introduction of robotic surgery, the Gynecologic Oncology Robotic Surgery Program has evolved into one of the nation's premier robotic surgery programs for gynecologic cancers.
Since its inception in 2007, over 500 women have undergone robotic surgery for a variety of gynecologic cancers and premalignant conditions including:
Some of the procedures performed to date include:
- Robotic hysterectomy
- Staging for uterine cancer
- Radical hysterectomy for cervical cancer
- Various procedures for ovarian cancer
As national leaders in the treatment of women with gynecologic cancers, the integration of robotic surgery provides women with leading-edge, state-of-the-art treatment options. In addition to providing clinical expertise, the Robotic Surgery Program at Prentice Women’s Hospital is a national leader in research and education for robotic surgery.
Numerous peer-reviewed publications on robotic surgical outcomes and fellow/resident education have been published based upon data gathered from our program and we currently have several manuscripts being submitted for publication as well.
What is robotic surgery?
Robotic surgery is on the forefront of minimally invasive surgery with its implementation of the da Vinci® Surgical System. This system has several advantages over conventional laparoscopic surgery including, 3D visualization and magnification, smoother dexterity by enabling the control of multiple instruments simultaneously, and increased precision.
These technological advances lead to clinical benefits of robotics over conventional laparoscopic surgery such as less blood loss, shorter hospital stay, less pain and quicker recovery, and fewer operative complications.
The da Vinci® Surgical System has applications in many surgical specialties including:
Benefits of robotic surgery include:
- A shorter hospital stay
- Fewer complications
- Decreased pain postoperatively
- Minimal scarring
- Less risk of infection
- Less blood loss and fewer transfusions
- Faster recovery
- Faster return to normal activities
- Improved quality of life