Leading the Way in Robotic Surgery
DeEtte Vasques, DO, gynecologic and surgical oncologist at The Center for Cancer & Blood Disorders gives her patients the most up-to-date and aggressive options for fighting gynecologic cancers. She recently completed her 1,000th minimally invasive robotic assisted surgery using the da Vinci robot, a milestone and distinction not shared by any other surgeon in Tarrant County.
The FDA approved da Vinci robotic system is powered by robotic technology that provides a 3D HD view inside the body and allows the surgeon to use wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand – providing enhanced vision, precision, and control. All of this is done through a few small incisions compared to traditional open surgery where the body is cut open and surgery is performed through one large incision. The surgeon is 100% in control of the da Vinci at all times.
Robotic surgery was introduced in 1999 but wasn’t approved by the FDA for use with gynecologic procedures until 2005. While the benefits of this cutting-edge technology are great, one thing remains unchanged: the experience of the surgeon is crucial to the success of the procedure, particularly when it comes to more complex surgeries, such as those involving cancer.
A large portion of women who have been hit with the adversity of gynecologic cancer now have the option of minimally invasive surgery, using the robotic platform, allowing a faster recovery and quicker turnaround for further treatment if needed. This is a huge win for women fighting their cancer, and I am so proud to be able to offer it to them routinely. We will keep fighting the fight together using these technologies to make our patients’ lives better. – Dr. Vasques
September was Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month. This year, more than 95,000 women in the United States will be told they have a gynecologic cancer. Most of these women will require major surgery that includes a hysterectomy and a lymph node dissection, which is required for staging. A great majority of these patients are eligible for robotic surgery. Benefits for those who are candidates for robotic surgery include fewer post-op complications, less blood loss and pain, and a shorter hospital stay.