Robot-assisted surgery represents the next stage of evolution for modern gynaecological surgery. It combines the advantages of open surgery and of minimally invasive keyhole surgery.
Where medication and non-surgical solutions are unable to relieve symptoms of gynaecological conditions, surgical intervention remains the recognised and most effective treatment. This includes conditions such as cervical cancer, endometrial and other uterine (womb) cancers, fibroids and endometriosis.
Until now, open surgery involving a large abdominal incision has been the standard technique for gynaecological interventions. Such operations frequently involve severe pain, trauma, long recovery times and risks to neighbouring organs and nerves. Blood loss also tends to be relatively high.
By contrast keyhole surgery is a minimally invasive technique which requires only a very small incision, through which miniaturised tools are introduced into the body. This type of surgical intervention therefore avoids the need for a large abdominal incision and often prevents pain and accelerates the healing process. As a result of these advantages, laparoscopy and hysteroscopy have become standard surgical techniques in the gynaecology field and are also used at St. Antonius-Hospital Gronau.
Although keyhole surgery is very effective for many routine procedures, the rigid, long-handled instruments used mean that it is not particularly suitable for more difficult or complex operations. Robot-assisted surgery represents the next stage of evolution for gynaecological surgery. As with keyhole surgery, procedures are carried out via three or four small punctures. The surgeon, who controls the robot instruments via a control console, is provided with a high-resolution three-dimensional view of the operation site. Control of the heavily miniaturised robot arms is intuitive and is much more versatile and adaptable than in conventional minimally invasive surgery. The increased precision increases the likelihood of rapid recovery and improves clinical outcomes.
Doctors from Gronau, who commissioned the first surgical robot at the St. Antonius-Hospital in 2006, helped pioneer robot-assisted surgery in Germany. The Center for Robotic Medicine (Gynaecology) is part of St. Antonius-Hospital Gronau and specialises in the surgical treatment of gynaecological conditions using robot-assisted surgery. CRMG consolidates the hospital’s expertise in the field of robot-assisted surgery and allows the hospital to offer patients the latest medical technology and a highly specialised surgical and nursing team.
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