You may have recently seen Dr. Burton Brodsky, an obstetrician-gynecologist at Botsford Hospital, in a feature story that appeared in the Observer & Eccentric Newspapers. If you missed this exciting story on the First Single-Site Robotic Hysterectomy in Michigan, check it out now.
Q&A with Dr. Brodsky
What types of benign conditions could you treat by doing a hysterectomy using Single-Site robotic hysterectomy? I would consider women suffering with endometriosis, excessive menstrual bleeding, or uterine fibroids as candidates for Single-Site robotic hysterectomy.
What are the benefits of Single-Site robotic hysterectomy compared to open surgery? For most women, Single-Site robotic hysterectomy offers virtually scarless results, minimal pain, low blood loss and faster recovery. The surgery usually can be performed in a relatively short amount of time with a typical hospital stay of less than 24 hours.
What if a woman has a benign gynecological condition, but she’s already had one or more Cesarean births or other abdominal surgeries? The decision to use robotic-assisted surgery is made case by case. But, I can tell you that I have had success using Single-Site robotic hysterectomy on women who have had previous abdominal surgeries. In fact, my very first patient using this technique had previously had three C-sections and two other abdominal surgeries to remove her gall bladder and her appendix.
As a benign gynecologic surgeon, why do you prefer Single-Site robotic hysterectomy over open surgery? Da Vinci surgeons make just one small incision instead of a large incision. The da Vinci System features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and special wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human wrist. As a result, da Vinci enables me to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity, and control.
Why should a woman choose to have her benign hysterectomy at Botsford Hospital? I have been performing robotic surgeries for several years and recently trained on the Single-Site instrumentation. My surgical team at Botsford and I recently performed the first single-site robotic hysterectomy in the State of Michigan right here in Farmington Hills. This is a perfect example of the great strides Botsford has made in becoming a multidisciplinary robotic surgical center. Besides, it’s convenient! A woman doesn’t have to go to a large, impersonal hospital that’s a long way from her home for this procedure. She can have this done right here at Botsford where we practice compassion as well as advanced surgical techniques.
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