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Unread 11-16-2012, 01:38 PM
Da Vinci for endo removal

I was wondering if anyone has had da Vinci robotic surgery for removing endo and their opinion/experience with it? I am almost thru 6 mos. of shots (zoladex) to shrink my Endo following a LSH where my ovaries were left (it was during my hysterectomy that my Endo was discovered). Thanks for any input!
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Unread 11-18-2012, 12:53 AM
Re: Da Vinci for endo removal

In my opinion, the key is the skill of the surgeon rather than the type of surgery. If the surgeon will not be able to locate and recognize all of the endometriosis, it will not matter which surgical method is used. If the surgeon will be unable to use some type of excision method to remove any endometriosis found, then again the type of surgery would be irrelevant.

There can be some benefits to a da Vinici robotic surgery, namely the extra magnification and dexterity of the tools. But the robot can only do what the surgeon tells it to do so the key is the skill and knowledge of the man or woman behind the controls.

Unread 11-18-2012, 01:03 AM
Re: Da Vinci for endo removal

In the proper hands I would believe the Da Vinci would treat the endo better because the improved view of the surgical field. Less blood and greater magnification (as mentioned above)
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Unread 11-21-2012, 01:09 AM
Re: Da Vinci for endo removal

Based on my countless hours of research, the Da Vinci is really the best for extreme cases of endo, and hysterectomy. With that said, everyones case is different.

My surgery is this Friday. I have an Endo specialist and the Director of OBGYN Surgery preforming my operation. The director is the head of the operation with support of the specialist. I did a ton of research on both of them and made sure they knew what in the world they were doing. I wouldnt go through with surgery without it. The machine is only as great as the doctors preforming the procedure. Do your homework. I was willing to fly all over the US to go to the best, but found that my doctor was equal to the best back east.

Not sure how sever your endo is, but talk with your doctor regarding the different kinds of surgeries available. My doctor told me he was concerned that if I did any other kind of surgery they would be forced to cut me open. So, we are going with the Da Vinci and praying he doesnt have to cut me open. We'll see! Friday is the big day!!

Good luck hun!
Unread 11-21-2012, 12:14 PM
Re: Da Vinci for endo removal

Originally Posted by mcag15 View Post
Based on my countless hours of research, the Da Vinci is really the best for extreme cases of endo, and hysterectomy.
Only if the surgeon has personal skill with excision and treating extreme cases of endo!

There are top, nationally recognized and respected endometriosis specialists who will not use the da Vinci robot. It is a tool and there are pros and cons with all tools. It can be a valuable one, but it does not replace the skill and knowledge of a surgeon with extensive endometriosis skill and experience.

If you can combine the two, then yes it could be the most optimal choice for some women if the pros outweigh the cons for her.

Unread 11-21-2012, 07:10 PM
Re: Da Vinci for endo removal

Thank you all for your responses!!! The doc I am seeing is very experienced with Endo, so I'm hoping for the best! My surgery is in January. Best of luck to you on Friday mcag15!!! Please post how your recovery goes! Thanks again everyone!!!

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