About da Vinci Endometriosis Resection Procedure
Relief from Endometriosis
A Surgical Solution to a Painful Problem
Endometriosis is a painful condition that is surprisingly common; the miVIP team treats many cases each year. It primarily affects women in their 30s and 40s though endometriosis may be experienced by anyone who has had a menstrual cycle. It is characterized by the presence of uterine lining tissue growing in places other than inside the uterus. This lining tissue can be found growing on the bowel, ovaries, fallopian tubes, and other organs near the uterus, and even outside the pelvis. Just like the lining tissue inside the uterus, this excess tissue swells with blood during a woman’s menstrual cycle. This can cause painful abdominal cramps on top of menstrual discomfort. Over time the cycle of swelling can cause this tissue to scar, forming adhesions. Adhesions can bind organs together and can lead to infertility. In fact, infertility is one of the symptoms of endometriosis along with:
- Painful menstrual cramps
- Pain throughout the pelvic region
- Pain during sexual intercourse
Endometriosis resection is a surgical treatment that can relieve pain and correct infertility. Your doctor may recommend endometriosis surgery if other treatments, such as hormone therapy or pain medication, have not helped relieve your symptoms. Though endometriosis surgery is often done in a minimally invasive way, the da Vinci surgical system makes this treatment even more precise. A da Vinci endometriosis resection procedure makes use of precision guidance controls for the smallest possible incisions. Small incisions can speed recovery time and get you back to enjoying life.
How is the Surgery Performed?
This form of laparoscopic surgery is often done on an outpatient basis though your surgical team can tell you whether a hospital stay will be required during your treatment. Patients undergoing a da Vinci endometriosis resection procedure should not eat or drink anything for eight hours prior to surgery. In most cases the patient will be placed under general anesthesia though a local or spinal anesthesia may also be used. A needle is used to inject nitrous oxide or carbon dioxide into the patient’s abdomen. This creates space between the abdominal wall and the internal organs. This space is necessary for the placement of the laparoscopic camera.
The surgeon makes strategic incisions with the help of the da Vinci surgery system. The da Vinci system is capable of making very small incisions even by the standards of minimally invasive surgery. Small incisions can heal faster so the patient is likely to experience a faster recovery time. The laparoscope is inserted into the abdominal cavity to allow the surgeon to precisely locate the adhesions. The adhesions may be excised (cut) or destroyed with a laser scalpel or electrical current (electrocautery). The incisions are then closed with a few stitches; laparoscopic endometriosis surgery generally leaves minimal scarring.
The Surgeons at miVIP
The miVIP surgical team is made up of highly skilled board certified practitioners that bring many years of experience to each one of their patients. Gynecological surgery is handled by many caring professionals who are dedicated to improving women’s health. Each of our surgeons has been recognized by their peers in fields of medicine and health.
What to Expect After Procedure
People receiving endometriosis surgery on an outpatient basis can return home after the procedure; a hospital stay of one day may be necessary for some patients. The small incisions will typically heal with only minimal scarring and the patient can resume normal activity in 1-2 weeks. Most (65% – 80%) of women who undergo endometriosis surgery experience an improvement in symptoms, especially pain levels. However, there is currently no cure for endometriosis. Up to 45% of women may experience recurring symptoms in the first year following surgery.
Cost of Procedure
The cost of da Vinci endometriosis resection will depend on your insurance plan. We are able to offer our patients a free benefit verification and assistance with getting pre-authorization from your insurance company. A miVIP patient advocate can also assist with getting you any letter of medical necessity that may be required by your insurance. Even with insurance coverage an out of pocket payment may be required. Each patient is responsible for the cost of treatment and a member of our staff can help create a payment plan to make your treatment more affordable.
Long-term Prognosis and Other Information Regarding Procedure
The cause of endometriosis is currently unknown and the treatment available may not prevent the adhesions from coming back. Hormone therapy can help prevent the regrowth of excess uterine tissue and can help preserve fertility. There is an increased likelihood that you will again experience the symptoms of endometriosis each year after your initial surgery. Endometriosis surgery can provide significant pain relief and an increased chance of becoming pregnant. A da Vinci endometriosis resection procedure can help you lead a more normal, pain-free life. Call us at 855-496-4847 today.