da Vinci Robotic Surgery

Taking Surgery Beyond the Limits of the Human Hand


When medication and non-invasive procedures are unable to relieve symptoms, surgery remains the accepted and most effective treatment for a range of benign gynecologic conditions. These include, but are not limited to, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, prolapse and excessive bleeding.

The da Vinci® Surgical System allows Dr. Hayes to perform complex gynecological surgery–using dime-sized incisions at several hospitals in Tampa Bay.

The robotic system seamlessly translates my hand movements into corresponding micro-movements of the miniaturized instruments positioned inside my patient. Two robotic arms, representing my left and right hands, hold the instruments. The instruments–which have more range of motion than the human hand–are inserted through 1-2 cm incisions. The third arm holds the 3D camera, which I can easily reposition, zoom and rotate to adjust to my field of vision, from the console. The da Vinci System delivers a highly magnified view of the operative field, with bright, crisp images and natural depth-of-field, which enables me to perform delicate tissue dissection and suture with added precision–even in very small spaces.

Dr. Jennifer Hayes

In 2007, Dr. Hayes was the very first robotic surgeon for benign gynecology on Florida’s West Coast and she was the first benign Gyn Surgeon in the Tampa Bay area to offer robotics as an option for her patients. Since then, she has taught, mentored and lectured surgeons around the country as they were beginning to learn robotics. “This is the most exciting advance in complex GYN surgery I have been able to offer my patients since I started in practice 20+ years ago and I am completely passionate about it!”

Procedures Dr. Hayes performs using the da Vinci® Surgical System

  • Hysterectomy: surgical removal of the uterus
  • Myomectomy: surgical removal for uterine fibroids
  • Sacrocolpopexy: surgery for uterine or vaginal vault prolapse
  • Oophorectomy

  • Endometriosis Resection

Traditional open gynecologic surgery uses a large incision for access to the uterus and surrounding anatomy and for many years been the standard approach to many gynecologic procedures. Yet with open surgery there can be significant pain, trauma, a long recovery process and threat to surrounding organs and nerves. For women facing gynecologic surgery, the period of pain, discomfort and extended time away from normal daily activities that usually follows traditional surgery can understandably cause significant anxiety.

Fortunately, less invasive options are available. Some gynecologic procedures enable surgeons to access the target anatomy using a vaginal approach, which may not require an external incision. But for complex hysterectomies and other gynecologic procedures, robot-assisted surgery with the da Vinci® Surgical System may be the most effective, least invasive treatment option. Through tiny, 1-2 cm incisions, surgeons using the da Vinci System* can operate with greater precision and control, minimizing the pain and risk associated with large incisions while increasing the likelihood of a fast recovery and excellent clinical outcomes.

The da Vinci is a state-of-the-art robotic-system designed to expand the surgeon's capabilities, providing patients with a minimally invasive option for many complex procedures. According to Dr. Hayes, "The robotic system seamlessly translates my hand movements into corresponding micro-movements of the miniaturized instruments positioned inside my patient. Two robotic arms, representing my left and right hands, hold the instruments. The instruments–which have more range of motion than the human hand–are inserted through 1-2 cm incisions. The third arm holds the 3D camera, which I can easily reposition, zoom and rotate to adjust to my field of vision, from the console. The da Vinci System delivers a highly magnified view of the operative field, with bright, crisp images and natural depth-of-field, which enables me to perform delicate tissue dissection and suture with added precision–even in very small spaces."

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