By Kalwinder Kaur
The region’s first robot-assisted procedure to treat pelvic prolapse has been successfully achieved by a surgeon at St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Pelvic prolapse is common among aging women, a condition wherein the weakened pelvic muscles displace the woman’s bladder, uterus, or rectum to slip from the actual anatomical positions. This condition is prevalent in women who do heavy lifting, who have given birth, overweight women and those experiencing regular inter-abdominal pressure from diseases like chronic coughing.
The traditional open procedure for treating prolapse involves a large incision along the woman’s abdomen, through which the surgeon can access the pelvic organs. The recovery period extends from four to six weeks. Relocation of prolapsed organs using laparoscopic procedures is limited due to the requirement of long-handled, rigid instruments.
The da Vinci surgical system-based robotic surgery is an innovative platform, where small surgical instruments ensure improved movement than human hands. Its incorporated high-definition, 3-D vision contributes to highly accurate, minimally invasive procedures for speedy recoveries, ensuring less scarring, less pain, less blood loss, and shorter hospital stays for patients.
During early April, the region’s first robot-assisted sacrocolpopexy, pelvic prolapse repair was successfully accomplished by Dr. El-Hayek. He also achieved several other robot-assisted sacrocolpopexies giving excellent results.
Over 850 robot-assisted urological, gynecological, as well as general surgical procedures have been successfully achieved by the surgeons at St. Elizabeth based on the 2007-launch of da Vinci System.
Among the six-county area such as Columbiana counties in Ohio and Mercer, Mahoning, Trumbull and Lawrence and Beaver counties in Pennsylvania, Humility of Mary Health Partners is the only health care system with the availability of the da Vinci surgical procedures.