About Robotic Endometriosis Surgery

Endometriosis is a condition in which the tissue that usually lines the inside of the uterus - the endometrium - grows outside of the uterus. Spots of endometriosis called "implants" or "lesions" are usually found in the pelvic area. Endometriosis is usually diagnosed in women between the ages of 25 and 35, but can occur anytime during a woman's reproductive years. For women with symptoms, endometrial implants can cause irregular bleeding, infertility and pain. Mild to severe pain is the most common symptom, which can occur during periods, intercourse and bowel movement. Pain may also be felt in the lower back or abdomen.

Treatment options may include lifestyle changes, medication, or surgery. Two surgical options include resecting all visible implants leaving the female reproductive organs, or a hysterectomy, removing the uterus and possibly other organs. Surgery for endometriosis can be performed using traditional open surgery or minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopy). The daVinci® system offers your surgeon another minimally invasive option using state-of-the-art technology to combine the best techniques of open surgery with enhanced capabilities of laparoscopic surgery.