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daVinci System offers “edge” in common women’s surgery
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daVinci System offers “edge” in common women’s surgery

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In the hands of urologist Diane Hartman, M.D., a fine weave mesh fabric and the precise controls of the daVinci Surgical System can mean the end of a health problem that plagues many women. The condition—pelvic organ prolapse—can be the result of childbearing, hysterectomy, weight gain, genetic or other factors. The symptoms may include bulging at the vagina, sexual dysfunction, incontinence and more. About 120,000 U.S. women require corrective surgery—called sacrocolpopexy—each year.

Where traditional sacrocolpopexy required a relatively long incision across the lower abdomen, today’s minimally invasive approach calls for a few small entry points for instrumentation. “The daVinci provides exceptional visualization—including 3D imaging—and the anatomy is beautiful,” Dr. Hartman explains. “This significantly enhances a surgeon’s precision, which is important, given the placement of the mesh and the amount of sewing required to secure it. We’re also seeing really good outcomes, with less recovery time, lower recurrence rates and reduced hospital stays.”

Those interested in learning more about pelvic organ prolapse correction with the daVinci are invited to attend a free educational presentation by Dr. Hartman. Wednesday, August 31, 2011, 6-7:30 p.m. at the new St. Anthony Hospital. Register at stanthonyhosp.org/davinci

or call 303-629-4921.
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