Why You Should Choose Robotic Surgery over Other Options for Endometriosis

It’s not hard to understand why endometriosis is so painful — the tissue that lines your uterus escapes and starts to grow in places it doesn’t belong, attaching itself to other body parts. It could be your bladder, your fallopian tubes, your rectum, or your ovaries, but wherever it ends up, it causes pain. 

Along with that pain come other problems like long, heavy periods; difficulty with bowel movements and urination; painful sex; nausea and vomiting; even infertility. This is no way to live. Fortunately, in many cases endometriosis is treatable, and there are multiple ways you can approach it.

Dr. Melissa Delgado and our team of pelvic pain experts at the Chronic Pelvic Pain Center of Northern Virginia specialize in the intense pain caused by endometriosis. While there are various options for treatment, Dr. Delgado uses the most advanced technology available. To us, nothing is more important than getting to the core cause of your pain and relieving it. 

That’s why she has become an expert in the minimally invasive technique of robotic-assisted surgery. A surgical member of Reston Hospital’s Institute for Robotics and Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery, Dr. Delgado brings her experience and expertise to her patients at the Chronic Pelvic Pain Center of Northern Virginia.

Conservative approaches first

We deeply believe that no two patients are alike. We know that your symptoms, your pain, and your story are each unique and deserve an individual approach. As we get to know you and your personal journey with pain, we customize a treatment plan that addresses your specific symptoms accurately and effectively. 

While your treatment plan might look slightly different than someone else’s, we do follow a few general principles for all our patients. That means we always start with conservative treatments first. We never skip steps merely for our convenience or profit — your health and safety always come first. 

If we discover you do have endometriosis, we’ll conduct a complete examination that lets us know exactly how far it has progressed and what areas it’s affecting. Armed with a comprehensive health report, we can determine the best plan of treatment, which may include hormone therapy and/or anti-inflammatory medication to help ease your pain. 

Only if these strategies prove ineffective will we recommend minimally invasive surgery. While other types of surgery are available, we believe robotic-assisted surgery is in your best interest. Here’s why.

Compare your surgical options

If surgery is necessary to treat your advanced endometriosis, you have a few choices. 

Good: Laparotomy

Although typically only used in extreme cases of endometriosis, some physicians choose to perform a laparotomy, which involves a full-sized incision (about 10 cm) and results in post-operative pain and significant healing time. The large incision allows the surgeon to open your abdominal cavity, view your organs, and access and remove them if necessary. 

Better: Laparoscopy

Less invasive than a laparotomy, a laparoscopy lets the surgeon see inside your body using a small fiber-optic scope inserted through a small incision. Once the endometrial tissue is located, the surgeon can also work to remove the tissue, using a laser to destroy it. 

Best: Robotic-assisted laparoscopy

No other procedure matches the accuracy of the robotic-assisted techniques Dr. Delgado uses, which provides maximum effectiveness with minimal harm. The da Vinci® Surgical System employs a 3D HD visualization feature that allows her to see exactly what’s going on inside your abdominal cavity with exceptional clarity at a high magnification. The revolutionary EndoWrist® technology translates her movements into the most precise motions possible, reducing the chance of error.

Once she locates the endometrial tissue, Dr. Delgado then uses Lisa Laser and Firefly technology that work in tandem with the da Vinci system. These highly advanced instruments efficiently resect (cut) and ablate (remove) your endometrial tissue. With this robotic-assisted procedure, you can expect less pain, scarring, blood loss, and recovery time than for other techniques. It has revolutionized the treatment of endometriosis.

If you have endometriosis and are ready to get rid of the pain, call our office or request an appointment online

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