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How has robotic surgery changed gynecologic procedures?

Robotic surgery has changed the spectrum of minimally invasive gynecologic surgeries.  In the past, traditional laparoscopy was used mainly for less challenging surgical cases. With the introduction of robotic surgery, advanced and complicated cases are now performed in a minimally invasive fashion, with less pain, less blood loss and faster recovery.
Not every women needs robotic surgery, but this minimally invasive technique allows doctors to do complex surgery while still only making very small incisions. The advanced technology of the robot provides the surgeon with additional surgical maneuvers and precision when compared to traditional laparoscopy. This means doctors can more easily address a patient with severe endometriosis, scar tissue or adhesions, large uterine fibroids and other pelvic pathology that would make traditional laparoscopy difficult. Therefore, these women can avoid open surgery and the increased pain and prolonged recovery that can follow. Robotic surgery is yet another tool doctors can use to help treat patients and help them to resume normal activities faster than traditional open surgery. 
Robotic surgery has made female surgery easier for a woman to return to her normal activities faster with much less discomfort.

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