When medication and non-invasive procedures are unable to relieve gynecological symptoms, surgery remains the accepted and most effective treatment for a range of gynecological conditions. These include, but are not limited to, cervical and uterine cancer, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, uterine prolapse and menorrhagia or excessive bleeding.
Traditional open gynecological surgery, using a large incision for access to the uterus and surrounding anatomy, has for many years been the standard approach to many gynecological procedures. Yet with open surgery can come significant pain, trauma, a long recovery process and threat to surrounding organs and nerves. For women facing gynecological surgery, the period of pain, discomfort and extended time away from normal daily activities that usually follows traditional surgery can understandably cause significant anxiety.
Fortunately, less invasive options are available and gynecological surgeons at White Plains Hospital are now performing various gyencological procedures, including hysterectomy, using the da Vinci surgical system.
Some gynecological procedures enable surgeons to access the area of the body where they wish to work by using a vaginal approach, which may not require an external incision. But for complex hysterectomies and other gynecological procedures, robot-assisted surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System may be the most effective, least invasive treatment option. Through tiny, 1-2 cm incisions, surgeons using the da Vinci®* can operate with greater precision and control, minimizing the pain and risk associated with large incisions while increasing the likelihood of a fast recovery and excellent clinical outcomes.
The benefits to the patient of da Vinci gynecological surgery can include: a shorter hospital stay, less pain and scarring, less risk of wound infection, less blood loss and fewer transfusions, faster recovery and a quicker return to normal activities.
Meet Nicole B. Fleischmann, MD, Urologist
For more information on da Vinci robotic gynecoloical surgery, please visit the da Vinci surgery website. To locate a physician at White Plains Hospital who performs da Vinci surgery, contact the physician referral service at