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da Vinci FAQs

Shorter hospital stays. Less scarring. Faster recovery.

These are just a few of the benefits offered by the da Vinci Surgical System.

Women with pelvic health issues now have more option than ever when it comes to treating their conditions and restoring their happy, active lives. Problems that used to require invasive, open surgery and long hospital stays can now be treated by skilled and trained surgeons using da Vinci.

What is da Vinci®?

The da Vinci Surgical System is a state-of-the-art robotic platform that provides surgeons with an alternative to both traditional, open surgery and conventional laparoscopy. The da Vinci System enables surgeons to perform complex, delicate and minimally invasive procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision.

So, a doctor still controls the operation – not a computer or robot?

Doctors control and conduct the surgery using da Vinci as their eyes and hands.

The da Vinci Surgical System uses small, computer-driven and maneuverable instruments that have a far greater range of motion than human hands – and can easily fit in much tighter spaces. A laparoscope, a thin tube with a light and camera at the end, allows the surgeon to see images from inside the body displayed on a video screen, guiding them during the procedure.

What makes da Vinci a good choice for women’s pelvic and reproductive surgeries?

Because a woman’s pelvis is a relatively small area housing several systems, it has traditionally been difficult to perform pelvic surgery without a large incision. Instead, da Vinci can reach areas that are not easily accessible to human hands and eyes through tiny incisions, minimizing the time needed for both procedures and recovery with better overall results. Whenever possible, minimally invasive female surgery treatment options such as laparoscopic surgery are an appropriate treatment for conditions such as fibroid uterus, endometriosis, and pelvic organ prolapse.

What are the advantages for the patient?

da Vinci procedures have many advantages over traditional surgery for the patient:

  • Smaller, less visible external scarring
  • Less scarring of the internal organs
  • Shortened post-operative hospital stays
  • More rapid recovery rates with fewer complications
  • Back to your active life faster and with less pain

What conditions can be successfully treated with da Vinci surgery?

Many urogynecological conditions that used to require major surgery, long hospital stays and painful recovery can now be treated through minimally invasive surgery, including:

  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Pelvic mesh failure
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibroid Tumors

Why doesn’t everyone opt for da Vinci surgery?

Not all physicians are familiar with the advanced technology and specific skills required to use the da Vinci system. They may feel more comfortable recommending and performing traditional open surgeries. As an early adopter of the da Vinci surgery, Coyle Institute founder, Dr. Michael Coyle, has become a skilled expert. In fact, he travels the nation to lead in-depth training courses on the use of the surgical system.

Why is da Vinci used in urogynecology?

da Vinci can be used to treat a variety of symptoms and conditions in different pelvic systems, making it ideal for the comprehensive services offered by a urogynecologist practice. From pelvic reconstruction to endometriosis to urinary incontinence, a technologically advanced procedure like da Vinci surgery is beneficial in many aspects of urogynecology. The minimally invasive surgical system has become its own specialization, proving time and again that robotic surgeries hold great potential in the future of this specialty and beyond.

What makes the Coyle Institute a good choice for da Vinci procedures?

At Coyle Institute, we’ve become known throughout the Gulf Coast as a leader in the field of urogynecology, both for the standard of care that our team provides as well as the high level of medical and surgical advancements made by our founder, Dr. Michael Coyle.

Don’t be afraid to seek treatment for your pelvic pain and other issues. Advanced technologies like da Vinci mean relief might be a short surgery and recovery away! Consult with a da Vinci-trained urogynecologist at Coyle Institute to talk about your minimally invasive surgical options. Schedule your consultation today!