OB-GYNs located in Pembroke Pines, FL
Robotic and laparoscopic surgery rely on minimally-invasive techniques for fewer risks, faster recovery, and less post-op discomfort. As a leading provider of robotic and laparoscopic surgery in Pembroke Pines, Florida, Dr. Helen Salsbury has extensive experience using these advanced techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of many gynecological issues, helping patients at My OB/GYN get the highest quality care right in their own neighborhood.
Robotic and Laparoscopic Surgery Q & A
What is a surgical robot?
Also called robot-assisted surgery, robotic surgery uses special a surgical robot to perform specific aspects of a surgical procedure - specifically, those requiring a high-degree of precision. In robotic surgery, the robot does not perform the surgery; instead, it’s used like an instrument and controlled by the physician. A surgical robot use very sophisticated computers and software, and because of their very high level of accuracy and precision, they’re associated with better outcomes compared to some types of “traditional” surgery.
What is laparoscopic surgery?
Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally-invasive surgical technique that uses a special instrument called a laparoscope to perform an array of procedures using very small incisions. A tiny camera mounted to the scope takes photos and videos from inside your body and transmits them to a monitor. Dr. Salsbury uses those images to guide the procedure.
Laparoscopy also can be used to diagnose the cause of symptoms including pelvic pain and irregular vaginal bleeding, and it can also be used to obtain tissue samples (biopsies) for lab evaluations.
What benefits do robotic and laparoscopic surgeries offer?
Since robotic and laparoscopic surgery uses very small incisions, the recovery period usually is faster and more comfortable, and most patients can get back to their regular routines much more quickly. Plus, smaller incisions means there’s less risk of infection and other complications. In fact, the incisions are so small, they’re often closed with special surgical adhesives and covered with small bandages.
Will I need to stay in the hospital?
That depends on the type of procedure performed, but in most cases, minimally-invasive gynecology surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis, which means you can return home the same day you have your procedure. You are provided with complete instructions on how to care for your incisions, what activities you can perform and which to avoid, and any other information you need to ensure a great recovery.
Will Dr. Salsbury use robotic and laparoscopic surgery for my treatment?
That depends on lots of factors, including the type of procedure you’re having, your overall health, and whether these techniques offer the best approach for you. Dr. Salsbury discusses the technique she plans to use before your surgery so you know what to expect.
In gynecology, robotic and laparoscopy can be used for many different procedures, including:
- Hysterectomy (removal of the uterus)
- Oophorectomy (removal of the ovaries)
- Myomectomy (fibroid treatment)
- Endometriosis treatment
- Removal of adhesions (scar tissue) or cysts
- Treatment for ectopic pregnancy
Dr. Salsbury is one of Florida’s leading da Vinci robotic surgeons. She has performed laparoscopic surgeries since 1986. Because of her extensive laparoscopic background, transitioning to robotic surgery came naturally, and Dr. Salsbury is now highly sought as an expert in the field, particularly in complicated cases, such as large uteruses.
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