Gynecologic robotics program

A minimally invasive option for women

NCMA gynecology robotics

NCMA’s Shazah Khawaja, MD, FACOG, Erin MacDonald, MD,  and Estrelania Williams, MD, provide gynecologic robotics services at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital with a focus on hysterectomies and a minimally invasive approach using the da Vinci® surgical system for robotic procedures.

This exciting new procedure makes it possible for the surgeon to have 100% in control of the robotic platform, which offers high-definition 3D views and translates our hand movements into small, precise movements of the advanced EndoWrist® instruments. That means we have enhanced vision, dexterity and precision and our patients experience faster operating times, small incisions, reduced length of stay, and less conversion to open procedures on tough cases with scar tissue or fibroid uterus.

Minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery

Laparoscopic and da Vinci hysterectomy surgery is done using traditional laparoscopy or robotically-assisted da Vinci surgery. This means your surgeon operates using long instruments inserted through a few small incisions in the abdomen.

One of the instruments has a tiny camera at the end. The camera sends images to a video monitor in the operating room to guide doctors during the operation. With minimally invasive surgery, there are various options for removing the uterus.

Advantages of robotic surgery

Using the da Vinci system, your surgeon makes a few small incisions — similar to traditional laparoscopy. The da Vinci system features a magnified 3D HD vision system and special instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand. da Vinci
enables your doctor to operate with enhanced vision, precision and control.

As a result of da Vinci technology, da Vinci hysterectomy offers the following potential benefits as compared to open surgery:

  • Reduced complication rate
  • Reduced length of hospital stay
  • Reduced blood loss and less likelihood for

As compared to traditional laparoscopy:

  • Reduced complication rate
  • Reduced length of hospital stay
  • Reduced blood loss
  • Reduced chance of procedure converting to an abdominal procedure
  • Less likelihood of blood transfusion

As compared to vaginal surgery:

  • Reduced length of hospital stay
  • Reduced blood loss

Types of patients we offer da Vinci surgery to include those with:

  • heavy menstrual bleeding
  • uterine fibroids or adenomyosis
  • genetic cancer syndromes such as BRCA or Lynch Syndrome
  • endometriosis or chronic pelvic pain
  • ovarian cysts

Our most notable robotic-assisted procedures are hysterectomies for the treatment of the  conditions listed above. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a patient consultation, please call 707-579-1102.

NCMA Women’s OB/GYN Center

500 Doyle Park, Suite 103
Santa Rosa, CA 95405
Phone: 707-579-1102
Fax: 707-579-1386

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