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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Gynecologic Robotic Surgery

Patient Stories

 “I was on my feet and able to go home the day after my surgery.”
 — Debra Johnson
Read Debra's full story


 “I don’t like to be down for any length of time.”
 — Kim Hughes
Read Kim's full story

Robotic-Assisted Hysterectomy

Robotic Surgery Conditions

  • Endometrial and cervical malignancies
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Complex gynecologic problems

Meet the Surgeons

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Edwin A. Alvarez, M.D.

Edwin A. Alvarez, M.D.

Gynecologic Oncology

 

Michael W. Chu, M.D.

Michael W. Chu, M.D.

Obstetrics and Gynecology

 

Gary S. Leiserowitz, M.D.

Gary S. Leiserowitz, M.D.

Gynecologic Oncology

 

Bahareh M. Nejad, M.D.

Bahareh M. Nejad, M.D.

Obstetrics and Gynecology

 

Stacey J. Wallach, M.D.

Stacey J. Wallach, M.D.

Urogynecology

 

Salim A. Wehbe , M.D.

Salim A. Wehbe , M.D.

Urogynecology

 

Related Information

robotic-assisted surgery

Robotic Surgery
at UC Davis

An innovative, minimally invasive surgical approach

Thanks to the latest evolution in surgical technology, physicians at UC Davis Medical Center now offer an effective alternative to both traditional "open" surgery and conventional minimally invasive laparoscopy that may provide patients with the best of both procedures. With the assistance of a robotic surgical system, surgeons can now operate using only very small incisions while still maintaining the same or greater levels of precision and control.

Gary Leiserowitz, professor and chief of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, discusses the benefits of robotic-assisted surgery for gynecologic cancers such as endometrial cancer. Read more about robotic surgery in our FAQs.

UC Davis surgeons offer minimally invasive and robotic-assisted surgeries for the treatment of cancer and other conditions involving the female genital tract. These conditions include:

  • Endometrial and cervical malignancies
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Complex gynecologic problems

The state-of-art robotic surgery program at UC Davis has an experienced and highly skilled team of surgeons, nurses and technicians led by gynecological oncologist Gary Leiserowitz. Leiserowitz is trained in robotic-assisted surgery and perform a number of procedures each week using the da Vinci® surgical robotic system.

Robotic technology

Robotic-assisted surgery is a leading-edge technology that is fast becoming a standard of care in select hospitals around the nation. Because they are less invasive and do not require large incisions, minimally invasive robotic procedure can be ideal for many gynecological surgeries to maintain surgical precision while minimizing recovery times and scarring. This includes many hysterectomies, which are commonly performed for benign and malignant conditions. Using the robotic system, surgeons usually have a better operating field of vision and a precise control of the laparoscopic instruments, which enhances safety and decreases operative blood loss. The combination of these advantages often results in a decreased hospital stay and faster return to normal activities.

Benefits to patients

  • Less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Less risk of infection
  • Less scarring
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Quicker recovery time

Of course, as with any surgical procedure, such benefits cannot be guaranteed. Successful outcomes always depend on the specific procedure and patient.

Robotic-assisted surgery

During the operative procedure the surgeon sits at a console near the patient and manipulates the robotic arms. An assistant surgeon is at the bedside next to the patient. Using a stereoscopic video camera, the surgeon has a 3D view of the operative field, which replicates what he or she would see during an "open" surgical procedure.

daVinci robotic-assisted surgeryThe surgeon can move manipulators with his or her fingers to control several robotic arms that replicate movements su ch as cutting and sewing. The surgeon is in complete control of the robotic arms at all times. In essence, the robotic arms become extensions of the surgeon’s arms and hands during the procedure

 

Learn more about the da Vinci® Surgical System.