Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive surgical technique that allows a range of procedures to be performed without a large skin incision and minimises the handling of tissues.
Instruments and a camera are inserted through three to four small incisions enabling the surgeon to view the abdominal cavity, pelvis, uterus and ovaries under magnification. Compared to open surgery, laparoscopy is associated with faster post-operative recovery, less pain, shorter hospitalisation periods, reduced scarring and better visualisation of disease allowing for more precise treatment.
Robotic surgery is the latest minimally invasive surgical technique allowing surgeons to operate with magnified 3D high definition vision and instruments that have more dexterity than the human wrist.
The Da Vinci Robotic console converts the surgeon’s hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of the surgical instruments, thus allowing procedures to be carried out with greater precision. Compared to other techniques, robotics generally involves lower blood loss, shorter hospital stays and less need for opioid pain medication after surgery.
More information about Gynaecologic robotic surgery can be found on the Da Vinci website.
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