Robotic-assisted surgery for gynecologic patients

Steven Dakoyannis, MD, an obstetrician/gynecologist with Tufts Medical Center Community Care

Gynecologic health is extremely important for women of all ages, from puberty to pregnancy, to menopause and beyond. “There are some conditions that can significantly impact a woman’s health and quality of life,” explains Steven Dakoyannis, MD, an obstetrician/gynecologist with Tufts Medical Center Community Care, with offices in Revere and Melrose. “Some of these conditions may require surgery, but the good news is that surgical methods continue to evolve and advance with the help of new technologies. Procedures and conditions such as hysterectomies, ovarian cysts, endometriosis, and fibroids are now easily treated with robotic-assisted surgery.”

For many years these relatively common surgeries have been performed laparoscopically (guiding instruments through small incisions in the belly). With new advances in technology, these procedures are being performed by OB/GYNs with specialized training in robotic-assisted surgery at MelroseWakefield Hospital.

“Robotic-assisted surgery offers patients many advantages over laparoscopic and traditional surgical methods,” said Dr. Dakoyannis. “In most cases, recovery is much smoother, hospital stays are shorter, and less pain medication is needed after surgery.”

Advantages for the Patient and Physician

Additionally, the robot brings advantages to the patient and physician to a new level. The joints on the robotic arms and instruments allow for a new range of motion that was not available with standard laparoscopic instruments, ultimately causing much less internal trauma to the patient. This leads to less pain after surgery, less time in the hospital, and a faster recovery.

During a robotic-assisted procedure, the physician controls the instruments throughout the procedure. The robot is an extension of the surgeon’s vision. The system is guided by the surgeon, assisted with the latest technology, and offers the physician a highly-magnified 3D view, virtually extending his/her hands into the patients.
Patients should discuss all surgical options with their physicians to see if robotic-assisted surgery is right for them.

Steven Dakoyannis, MD, has offices in Revere and Melrose. For more information or to make an appointment, call 781-289-2266 or schedule an appointment online.

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