The TriHealth Women’s Service Line is home to many exceptional gynecologic surgeons who use robotic-assisted technology to treat cancerous and non-cancerous female reproductive conditions. The procedures performed by these surgeons include: hysterectomy, the removal of fibroids, lysis of adhesions, removal of ovarian cysts, repair of pelvic relaxation (bladder drop) and the treatment of cervical, ovarian and uterine cancers.
Our robotic gynecologic surgeons have the experience and skills to provide you with the best, minimally invasive solution for your particular situation.
Conditions Affecting the:
There are many conditions that can affect the uterus. These can be divided into benign conditions which include; irregular or heavy bleeding, fibroid tumors, endometriosis and prolapse (loss of support of an organ, causing it to rest on the pelvic floor), as well as cancerous conditions. There are several options available to treat these conditions, including surgery. If surgery is the best option to treat your condition, your TriHealth Gynecologic surgeon will work to develop a plan that works for you and your family.
While each condition involves a unique surgical approach, the surgeons at TriHealth are experts at all surgical approaches, including robotic-assisted. If a robotic-assisted approach is the best option for your condition, the surgeon will make small incisions in your abdomen to perform the procedure. Since the procedure is minimally invasive, most patients go home on the same day. This allows you to recover in a familiar environment, and can lead to a faster return to the activities of your daily life.
Ovarian cysts can be both cancerous and benign. They can be the result of endometriosis and can cause significant pelvic pain. Minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery is an ideal way of managing these problems. In conventional surgery, the ovary is often removed along with the ovarian cyst as it is difficult to separate one from the other. When ovarian cyst removal is performed with robotic assistance, the magnified view and delicate touch of the instruments allow for the possibility of removing only the cyst without disturbing the ovary so that it can continue to function normally.
Our General Gynecological and Gynecological Oncologist surgeons at TriHealth are experts in treating ovarian cysts as well as ovarian cancer. If appropriate for your condition, a minimally invasive approach will provide you with a more satisfying result and experience.
Robotic-assisted technology is especially useful for the treatment of cervical cancer. Worldwide, cervical cancer is the third most common type of cancer in women. Cervical cancer usually starts as a precancerous condition called dysplasia. This condition can be detected by a Pap smear and is often very treatable. It can take years for dysplasia to develop into cervical cancer.
Early stage cervical cancer can often be treated through surgery. Many times, this can be achieved through robotic-assisted surgery, including complex radical surgery and lymph node dissection. For women who still wish to pursue childbearing, advanced robotic-assisted procedures, including radical trachelectomy (removal of the cervix, with re-attachment of the vaginal to the uterus) may be an option. More advanced stage and larger cervical cancers are typically treated with a combination of radiation and chemotherapy; they typically do not involve surgery.
The Gynecologic Oncologists at Tristate Gynecologic Oncology can help you choose the best treatment for your condition.
Prolapse is the loss of support of an organ on the pelvic floor (vagina, uterus, bladder, bowel, or rectum) when the connective tissues or muscles in the body cavity can’t hold these structures in their natural position. Patients often experience a protrusion or bulge from the vagina. Many feel heaviness or pressure at the vaginal opening. Patients commonly describe their condition as a fallen bladder, or feeling as if “a tampon is falling out” or “stool getting stuck”. There are many causes of prolapse, including aging, childbirth, weight gain, and strenuous physical labor.
Conservative treatment options exist, including physical therapy and the placement of a pessary. When these options do not resolve the issue, minimally-invasive surgical techniques can be utilized, including laparoscopic/robotic-assisted or vaginal surgery.
Sacrocolpopexy is the surgical correction of uterine or vaginal prolapse to provide long-term support. During the procedure, a graft is used to hold the vagina in the correct anatomical position. For decades, this procedure was traditionally performed through a large (15-30-centimeter) abdominal incision. The expert surgeons at TriHealth Urogynecology Associates utilize minimally-invasive techniques with a few small 8 mm incisions in order to minimize the pain associated with the procedure and speed up the healing process.