Robotic Surgery

da Vinci Robotic Surgical System

    If you need surgery for a gynecological disorder or condition, don’t let it worry you: Advances in technology have made minimally-invasive robotic surgery a viable option for many of the gynecological problems that are commonly treated surgically. Dr. Krueger is an expert in robot-assisted surgeries and is proud to offer the da Vinci® robotic surgery, the most precise form of laparoscopic surgery available. To find out if you are a candidate for minimally invasive robotic surgery, call the office of Roberta Krueger, MD at 210.692.9230.

da Vinci Robotic Surgery Q & A

What is da Vinci robotic surgery?

    The innovative da Vinci robotic surgical system is a technologically advanced tool that makes it easier for Dr. Krueger to perform minimally invasive gynecologic procedures, such as myomectomies and hysterectomies.

Don’t let the thought of robotic surgery scare you. Dr. Krueger is completely in control of the procedure at all times. In fact, only highly skilled surgeons with extensive experience performing nonrobotic surgeries offer this type of procedure.

The da Vinci system translates Dr. Kruegers’ hand movements into smaller, more precise motions. In addition to a miniature size, the da Vinci robotic components can move in ways that would be impossible for a human hand.

This increased flexibility and control allows Dr. Krueger to perform complex surgeries through a tiny incision. The da Vinci system also projects a magnified, high-definition 3D image of the inside of your body to offer a clear view.

What are the benefits of minimally invasive robotic surgery?

Minimally invasive and robotic-assisted surgeries offer numerous benefits compared to traditional procedures. In a traditional hysterectomy, Dr. Krueger makes a large incision across your abdomen that leaves a scar and takes several weeks to heal.

Minimally invasive procedures require much smaller incisions — about the size of a buttonhole — to insert miniature surgical instruments.

Advantages of robotic-assisted surgeries include:

  • Less pain
  • Faster recovery time
  • Less scarring
  • Minimal damage to healthy tissue
  • Reduced risk of complications

Who is a good candidate for robotic surgery?

The best way to find out if you’re a good candidate for da Vinci robotic surgery is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Krueger. She has extensive experience using the da Vinci system to treat a variety of gynecologic conditions, such as:

  • Uterine fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Uterine prolapse

What should I expect from a robotic-assisted procedure?

First, Dr. Krueger carefully evaluates your condition to determine whether robotic-assisted surgery is right for you. She practices a conservative approach to medicine and only recommends surgery when other treatments fail to improve your condition.

Minimally invasive surgeries still require general anesthesia and typically last three to four hours. Afterward, you recover faster and experience less pain than you would from traditional surgery.

To learn more about your options for robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery, call the office of Dr. Roberta Krueger, OB/GYN, to schedule an appointment.