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da Vinci Gynecologic Surgery

When medication and non-invasive procedures are unable to relieve symptoms, surgery remains the accepted and most effective treatment for a range of gynecologic conditions that may include:

  • cervical and uterine cancer
  • uterine fibroids
  • endometriosis
  • uterine prolapse
  • menorrhagia or excessive bleeding

Traditional open gynecologic surgery, using a large incision for access to the uterus and surrounding anatomy, has for many years been the standard approach to many gynecologic procedures. Fortunately, now there are many less invasive options 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, robotically-assisted surgery at St. Jude Medical Center using the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System may be the most effective, least invasive treatment option. Through tiny, 1-2 cm incisions, surgeons using the da Vinci Robot can operate with greater precision and control, minimizing the pain and risk associated with large incisions while increasing the likelihood of a quicker recovery and excellent clinical outcomes. St. Jude Medical Center physicians who perform da Vinci Robotic Surgery are:


Franks Theresa, M.D.


Thomas Hughes, M.D.


Vivian Lin, M.D.


Brian Gray, M.D.


Krishnansu Tewari, M.D.

It is important to know that the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System does not place a robot at the controls; your surgeon is controlling every aspect of the surgery with the assistance of the robotic platform. Not all conditions or diseases can be effectively treated with a minimally invasive or robotic approach. It is important to talk to your doctor to determine which options are best for you.