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Davinci Surgical Robot System

The Davinci Robot (or da Vinci Surgical System) is a state-of-the-art system that offers a new alternative to both open surgery and conventional laparoscopy. The Davinci Robot is less invasive than either of the more traditional options. More importantly, it is also incredibly effective for any number of surgical procedures.

This high-tech medical advancement has a variety of applications. Doctors are currently using it for cardiothoracic, urologic, and gynecologic surgeries, for example. As a patient weighs the variables that arise with the need for a surgical procedure, it is a good idea to consider whether or not the Davinci Robot is a viable option.

Cardiothoracic Surgery with the Davinci Robot

The prospect of heart surgery can be an overwhelming one. Choosing the doctor, hospital, and procedure are all important steps in getting the treatment you need. For some, the ability to go with a minimally-invasive procedure can help reduce the anxiety that is inherent in these situations. Conditions ranging from mitral valve prolapse to coronary artery disease can be treated using the Davinci Robot.

Whereas traditional surgeries require an 8-10" incision and the splitting and spreading of the breastbone and ribcage, this system allows doctors to work through small incisions between the ribs. As a result, the recovery time and pain after surgery are both drastically decreased. There is also less need for blood transfusion, and no 10" scar running the length of the patient's chest.

Gynecologic Surgery with the Davinci Robot

The Davinci Robot has also been extremely useful in cases of gynecologic surgery including endometriosis, uterine prolapse, cervical and uterine cancer, fibroids, and others. The small incisions replace the earlier process that involved large, deep cuts that exposed the uterus and other reproductive organs. This means that women are able to recover more quickly in order to return to their daily activities sooner.

In fact, some procedures do not require external incisions at all, as a vaginal approach can be used with the Davinci Robot. Both this approach and the overall smaller incisions required for procedures like hysterectomies decrease the associated risks of infection.

The Basic Benefits of Using the Davinci Robot

Why should someone consider using the Davinci Robot for surgical procedures? First of all, the patient may discover that he or she experiences a significantly reduced amount of pain when compared to traditional surgical procedures. Both blood loss and scarring are also reduced. These benefits work together to create an added advantage: a shorter recovery time, leading to the ability to get back to normal life post-surgery.



Kathryn Wagner, MD

Dr. Kathryn Wagner grew up in South Texas. Since 1995, when she completed her medical training, she has had a private practice in San Antonio. Recently, a new office facility has been opened by Dr. Wagner at the historic Nix Health Care System downtown located on the fourteenth floor. In 1991, she was licensed by the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners. In 1999, Dr. Wagner was Board Certified by the American College of Surgeons. Kathryn Wagner is married and is raising three children. She enjoys scuba diving, swimming, and wine tasting.
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