Single-Site Robotic-Assisted Gynecologic Surgery: A Virtually Scarless Procedure


Gynecologic surgery is performed to treat a variety of conditions affecting the female reproductive organs. The main structures of the reproductive system are the vagina, the uterus, the ovaries, and the fallopian tubes. When medication and non-invasive procedures are unable to relieve symptoms, surgery remains the accepted and most effective treatment for many gynecologic conditions.

Conditions treated include:

  • Chronic Pain
  • Fibroids
  • Adenomyosis
  • Heavy Bleeding
  • Endometriosis
  • Pelvic Prolapse
  • Gynecologic Cancers (cervical, uterine and ovarian)

Traditional open gynecologic surgery uses a large incision, and for many years, has been the standard approach to most gynecologic procedures. With the open approach you may experience significant pain, trauma and a long recovery process. For women facing gynecologic surgery, the period of pain, discomfort and extended time away from day to day activities following traditional surgery can understandably cause significant anxiety.

Fortunately, less invasive options are available. When used for certain gynecologic surgical procedures, the da Vinci® Robotic Surgery System is proven to be beneficial for surgeons as well as their patients. 

The da Vinci Surgery System is not an automatic robot, but rather a state-of-the-art tool that allows surgeons to complete delicate gynecologic procedures with incredible precision. Jupiter Medical Center recently became one of the first facilities in the world to perform robotic surgery using the new da Vinci® Xi™ system.

The da Vinci system enables surgeons to perform complex procedures using a minimally-invasive approach. Your surgeon is in control of the system, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements using tiny instruments inside your body. High definition 3D vision, and up to 10x magnification, enable your surgeon to see a level of detail that is far greater than with open surgery or laparoscopic surgery.

The most recent advancement in robotic-assisted surgery is the single-site approach. Traditional robotic surgery uses at least four incisions. By using the single-site approach surgeons are able to use one incision through the folds of the belly button to perform gynecologic surgery. Leaving you with virtually scarless results. Single-site surgery offers you the same potential benefits as traditional robotic-assisted surgery with the added cosmetic benefit of no visible scar. 

Potential advantages of robotic surgery include:

  • Decreased blood loss during surgery
  • Shortened length of hospital stay
  • Decreased post-operative pain
  • Less scarring
  • Faster return to regular activities
  • Less risk of wound infection

As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed for every patient. Also, robotic surgery is not an option for every patient. Please discuss your options as well as potential risks and benefits of all types of surgery with your physician.

The Frank E. and Mary D. Walsh Robotic Surgery Program offer patients a comprehensive array of robotic procedures and a team of highly-skilled surgeons. Robotic specialties include general (single-site gallbladder), colorectal, urologic, prostate, thoracic, gynecologic (single-site procedures), fertility and gynecologic oncology. Our program brings leading-edge robotic surgery and a broad spectrum of medical specialties offering you world class care close to home.

For more information, visit jupitermed.com/robotics, to find a qualified robotic surgeon call Physician Referral Services at (561) 263-5737.

Donna Pinelli, MD, is a board certified gynecologic oncologist on staff at Jupiter Medical Center.