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Beginning August 2011, Pocono Medical Center (PMC) will offer gynecologic, urogynecologic and thoracic surgeries via the world-class da Vinci® SI Surgical System.

Gynecologic Surgery with da Vinci
When medication and non-invasive procedures are unable to relieve symptoms, surgery remains an accepted and effective treatment for a range of gynecologic conditions such as:

  • cervical and uterine cancer
  • uterine fibroids
  • endometriosis
  • uterine prolapse
  • menorrhagia or excessive bleeding, and others.

For many years, traditional open gynecologic surgery, using a large incision for access to the uterus and surrounding anatomy, has been the standard approach to many gynecologic procedures. Yet with open surgery can come more pain, trauma, a longer recovery process and stress to surrounding organs and nerves.

The da Vinci SI Surgical System® offers women a minimally invasive surgical option typically with less pain and a quicker recovery. Some gynecologic procedures enable surgeons to access the area requiring surgery using a vaginal approach that may not require an external incision. For complex hysterectomies and other gynecologic procedures, robot-assisted surgery with the da Vinci® Surgical System is often an effective option.

Through tiny, 1-2 cm incisions, surgeons using the da Vinci SI Surgical System® 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 positive clinical outcome. While clinical studies support the effectiveness of the da Vinci SI Surgical System® when used in minimally invasive surgery, individual results may vary. Surgery with the da Vinci SI Surgical System® may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.

For more information about gynecologic surgery with the Vinci Surgical System®, please call us at 570.426.2700 or send us an email

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Urogynecologic Surgery with da Vinci
More than 120,000 women have surgery for uterine and vaginal vault prolapse each year in the United States. Prolapse (or falling) of any pelvic floor organs (vagina, uterus, bladder or rectum) occurs when the connective tissues or muscles in the body cavity are weak and cannot hold the pelvis in its natural position.The weakening of connective tissues accelerates with age, after childbirth, with weight gain and strenuous physical labor. Women with pelvic organ prolapse typically have problems with urinary incontinence, vaginal ulceration, sexual dysfunction and/or having a bowel movement.

Sacrocolpopexy is a urogynecologic procedure to surgically correct vaginal vault prolapse where mesh is used to hold the vagina in the correct anatomical position. This procedure can also be performed following a hysterectomy to treat uterine prolapse to provide long-term support of the vagina. If your doctor recommends sacrocolpopexy, you may be a candidate for a new surgical procedure called da Vinci sacrocolpopexy. This procedure uses a state-of-the-art surgical system designed to help your surgeon perform a minimally invasive surgery through small incisions.

For most women, da Vinci sacrocolpopexy offers numerous potential benefits over a traditional open approach that involves larger incisions to the lower abdomen. These benefits include:

  • Significantly less pain
  • Less blood loss and need for transfusions
  • Less risk of infection
  • Less scarring
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Shorter recovery time
  • Quicker return to normal activities
For more information about urogynecologic surgery with the da Vinci SI Surgical System®, please call us at 570.426.2700 or send us an email.

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Thoracic Surgery with da Vinci
While surgery is generally the most effective way to treat disorders of the lungs and esophagus, traditional open surgery has a number of inherent drawbacks caused primarily by making a large incision, splitting of the breastbone and spreading the ribs to access the thoracic space. In addition to an 8 to 10” scar down the center of your chest, splitting of the breastbone leads to a lengthy recovery time of eight to twelve weeks as well as a prolonged delay before you will return to normal daily activities.

The da Vinci Surgical System, providing surgeons and patients with what may be the most effective, least invasive treatment alternative for even the most complex thoracic procedures. Among the benefits of da Vinci cardiothoracic surgery are a reduced risk of infection, less blood loss and need for blood transfusions, shorter hospital stay, less pain and scarring, faster recovery and a quicker return to normal activities.

For more information about urogynecologic surgery with the da Vinci SI Surgical System® , please call us at 570.420.5331 or send us an email.

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