More than 5.5 million U.S. women and girls suffer from endometriosis, a painful and chronic disease in which the uterus lining (the endometrium) is found outside the uterus in areas such as the ovaries, fallopian tubes, bladder, bowel and other locations.
The misplaced tissue develops into growths or lesions, which respond to the menstrual cycle in the same way that the tissue of the uterine lining does - each month the tissue builds up, breaks down and sheds. Menstrual blood flows from the uterus and out of the body through the vagina, but the blood and tissue shed from endometrial growths has no way of leaving the body, resulting in internal bleeding, breakdown of the blood and tissue from the lesions and inflammation. This can cause pain, infertility, scar tissue formation, adhesions, bowel problems and other symptoms.
The cause of endometriosis is unknown. However, laparoscopy can show the growths' location, size and extent and help the doctor and patient make better treatment choices. With robotic laparoscopy, doctors have a better view of the abdominal cavity and can be more thorough in diagnosing endometriosis and removing lesions and adhesions.
More than 25 percent of American women will eventually have a hysterectomy, making it the second most common surgery after cesarean section. Hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) can cure a variety of problems to which the uterus and ovaries are prone – uterine or cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, fibroids, endometriosis, heavy non-menstrual bleeding, and uterine prolapse.
If your doctor recommends a hysterectomy, you may be a candidate for a robotic hysterectomy, one of the most effective, least invasive surgical treatment options for a range of uterine conditions. A robotic hysterectomy enables surgeons to perform with unmatched precision and control – using only a few small incisions. This technology also allows your surgeon better visualization of anatomy, which is especially critical when working around delicate and confined structures like the bladder. This means that surgeons have a distinct advantage when performing a complex, radical hysterectomy involving adhesions from prior pelvic surgery or non-localized cancer, or an abdominal hysterectomy.
Northside was the first hospital in the world to deliver twins after patient received Myomectomy. If your doctor recommends surgery to treat uterine fibroids, you may be a candidate for a robotic Myomectomy a new, uterine-preserving, minimally invasive robotic procedure. Uterine fibroids are common benign (non-cancerous) tumors that develop within the uterine wall. While not all women with fibroids experience symptoms, symptoms may include excessive menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain and infertility.
A Robotic Myomectomy allows your surgeon to perform a minimally invasive, yet remarkably precise, comprehensive reconstruction of the uterine wall. At Northside Hospital, a leader in providing state-of-the-art surgical services, more surgeries are performed than at any other hospital in Georgia. As such, Northside also performs more robotic procedures than any other Georgia hospital. Northside embraced gynecologic surgery as part of its robotic surgery program, beginning in 2005, which includes robotic myomectomy. Northside now ranks in the top 5 percent of all robotic GYN programs in the country.
120,000+ cases of uterine and vaginal vault prolapse are surgically treated each year in the U.S. Prolapse (or falling) of any pelvic floor organ (vagina, uterus, bladder or rectum) occurs when the connective tissues or muscles within the body cavity are weak and unable to hold the pelvis in its natural orientation.
The weakening of connective tissues accelerates with age, after child birth, with weight gain and strenuous physical labor. Women experiencing pelvic organ prolapse typically have problems with urinary incontinence, vaginal ulceration, sexual dysfunction and/or having a bowel movement.
Sacrocolpopexy is a procedure to surgically correct vaginal vault prolapse where mesh is used to hold the vagina in the correct anatomical position. This procedure can also be performed following a hysterectomy to treat uterine prolapse to provide long-term support of the vagina. Sacrocolpopexy has traditionally been performed as an open surgery. If your doctor recommends sacrocolpopexy, you may be a candidate for robot-assisted Sacrocolpopexy. This procedure uses a state-of-the-art surgical system designed to help your surgeon perform a minimally invasive surgery through small incisions.
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Robotic Surgery Information:
Atlanta (404) 851-8200
Hospital – Atlanta
1000 Johnson Ferry Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30342
Phone: (404) 851-8000
Northside Hospital –
201 Hospital Road
Canton, GA 30114
Phone: (770) 720-5100
Hospital – Forsyth
1200 Northside Forsyth Drive
Cumming, GA 30041
Phone: (770) 844-3200