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When medication and non-invasive procedures are unable to relieve symptoms, surgery remains the accepted and most effective treatment for a range of gynecologic conditions. These include, but are not limited to, cervical and uterine cancer, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, uterine prolapse and menorrhagia or excessive bleeding.
Traditional open gynecologic surgery, using a large incision for access to the uterus and surrounding anatomy, has for many years been the standard approach to many gynecologic procedures. Yet with open surgery can come significant pain, trauma, a long recovery process and threat to surrounding organs and nerves. For women facing gynecologic surgery, the period of pain, discomfort and extended time away from normal daily activities that usually follows traditional surgery can understandably cause significant anxiety.
Fortunately, less invasive options are available. Some gynecologic procedures enable surgeons to access the target anatomy using a vaginal approach, which may not require an external incision. But for complex hysterectomies and other gynecologic procedures, robot-assisted surgery with the da Vinci® Surgical System may be the most effective, least invasive treatment option. Through tiny, 1-2 cm incisions, surgeons using the da Vinci System can operate with greater precision and control, minimizing the pain and risk associated with large incisions while increasing the likelihood of a fast recovery and excellent clinical outcomes.
David A. Billings, MD, FACOG, is a board certified OB/GYN and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists. He provides comprehensive care to women of all ages with emphasis on pregnancy, prenatal care, special care for women with complex pregnancies and infertility. A graduate of the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Dr. Billings completed his residency training at Michigan State University/Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. He served as the OB/GYN Chief Attending Physician at Minot Air Force Base and a faculty member of the UND Center for Family Medicine � Minot. He's maintained a very active practice, providing supportive care for women. He's a former chairman of the Department of OB/GYN at Trinity Hospital and currently serves as Vice Chair. Other memberships include the North Dakota Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.
To learn more about da Vinci Hysterectomy or any other gynecologic surgery utilizing the da Vinci Surgical System, click here.
While clinical studies support the effectiveness of the
da Vinci® System when used in minimally invasive
surgery, individual results may vary. Surgery with the
da Vinci Surgical System may not be appropriate for
every individual. Always ask your doctor about all
treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.
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