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Robotic System for Gynecologic Surgeries: Lisa's Story

Using the da Vinci® Robotic System for Gynecologic Surgery such as Hysterectomy & Sacrocolpopexy

The da Vinci® Surgical System, a four-armed mechanical device that has been Dr. Steven Grover's (OB/GYN) right-hand robot in the operating room for years, is helping Sky Ridge Medical Center lead the Denver area into the robotic-assisted surgical era.

"It did seem like science fiction, both when he described what would be going on, and when he showed me a picture of the machine. It’s almost like a robotic octopus," says Beckman, 51, of Franktown, a teacher's aide and mother of three grown children.

Robotic Hysterectomy vs. Traditional Hysterectomy

After talking to friends who had hysterectomies (some with da Vinci®, some with traditional surgery), Beckman joined the 90-percent-plus of Dr. Grover’s hysterectomy patients who opt for the advanced, minimally-invasive technology.

"You recover much more quickly," says Beckman, a breast cancer survivor who went to Dr. Grover with uterine fibroids so large her stomach was ballooning. "And the incisions are smaller, so you don’t have as much scarring on your tummy."

About the da Vinic® Surgical System

Named after Leonardo da Vinci, in part, for the famed artist’s mastery of the human body and three-dimensional techniques, the system's success rests in its precise micro-movements and high-definition, 3-D vision system, Dr. Grover says. "You can zoom right in, through the blood vessels, and see everything in 3-D. It’s almost like you’re inside the patient."

During Beckman’s hysterectomy, Dr. Grover peered into the surgical site from a nearby console. The separate, robotic device sat next to the operating table, each of its four arms attached with tiny instruments and inserted through ports in quarter-inch incisions. In a remote-control-like fashion, Dr. Grover maneuvered the instruments using levers at his console post, performing the surgery from a few feet away.