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Robotic-Assisted Surgery

What is Computer-assisted Robotic Surgery?

Robotic or computer-assisted surgery is a specialized form of minimally invasive surgery. The robotic system used at Danbury Hospital is called the da Vinci® Surgical System, which consists of two mechanical arms, a camera, a 3D image processing system and a remote control unit.

A Higher Level of Precision

The da Vinci Surgical System does not place a robot or computer in control of your surgery -your surgeon controls every aspect of your surgery at all times.

The precision of the robotic system gives surgeons better vision, maneuverability and control. There are many benefits of laparoscopic and other minimally invasive surgeries to surgical procedures that were once performed only with open surgery. Your doctor will determine whether minimally invasive surgery is right for you.

When medication and non-invasive procedures are unable to relieve symptoms, surgery remains the accepted and most effective treatment for a range of gynecologic conditions. These include, but are not limited to, cervical and uterine cancer, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, uterine prolapse and menorrhagia or excessive bleeding.

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 for many years. Yet with open surgery can come significant pain, trauma, a long recovery process, and threat to surrounding organs and nerves. For women facing gynecologic surgery, the period of pain, discomfort and extended time away from normal daily activities that usually follows traditional surgery can understandably cause significant anxiety.

Gynecologic Surgery

Some gynecologic procedures enable surgeons to access the target anatomy using a vaginal approach, which may not require an external incision. For complex hysterectomies and other gynecologic procedures, robotic-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 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 excellent clinical outcomes.

Da Vinci surgery requires only a few small incisions, so you can get back to life faster - within days rather than the usual weeks required with traditional surgery. a Vinci surgery enables gynecologists to perform the most precise, minimally invasive hysterectomy available today. For most women, da Vinci surgery offers numerous potential benefits over traditional open surgery, including:

  • Significantly less pain
  • Minimal blood loss and need for transfusion
  • Fewer complications
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Quicker recovery and return to normal activities
  • Small incisions for minimal scarring
  • In many cases, better outcomes and patient satisfaction

As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is specific to each patient and each procedure.

Hysterectomy for Benign Gynecologic Conditions

daVinci Surgery at Danbury HospitalIf your doctor recommends a hysterectomy, you may be a candidate for an innovative, less invasive surgical procedure called da Vinci Hysterectomy. It is a state-of-the-art surgical platform designed to help your doctor perform the most precise and least invasive hysterectomy available today.

Hysterectomy For Early Stage Gynecologic Cancer

Robotic Surgery at Danbury HospitalBy overcoming the limitations of both traditional open and laparoscopic surgery, da Vinci is revolutionizing gynecologic surgery for women. That's why more and more women are choosing da Vinci Surgery for their hysterectomy

Myomectomy

Robotic Surgery at Danbury HospitalMyomectomy allows your surgeon to perform a minimally invasive, yet remarkably precise, comprehensive reconstruction of the uterine wall, regardless of the size or location of your fibroids. The unique level of control and precision of da Vinci can also help your surgeon provide the most precise and thorough reconstruction possible. That can help to prevent a possible uterine rupture (tearing) during future pregnancies.

Sacrocolpopexy

Robotic Surgery at Danbury HospitalSacrocolpopexy is a 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.

Our Surgeons

Dr. Blau Kenneth Blau, M.D.
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Dr. Brazer William Brazer, M.D.
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Dr.  FalterKeith Falter, M.D.
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Daniel Goldstein, M.D.
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Dr. Mary MillerMary Miller, M.D.
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For More Information

To search for a doctor in Obstetrics and Gynecology, please use our Find a Doctor online tool; or if you need a physician referral please call us at 1-800-511-9971.

Also, our patient and visitor information section will give you more detailed information about Danbury Hospital.

Vice Chairman, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology

Robert N Samuelson, M.D.

Vice Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
Director, Minimally Invasive Surgery
Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program Director
Robert N. Samuelson, M.D.

Dr. Samuelson is the Vice Chairman, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology. He is also the Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery and Residency Program Director at Danbury Hospital.

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Procedures and Specialties

  • Ovarian cystectomy
  • Hysterectomy
  • Fibroids
  • Prolapse
  • Pelvic and ovarian masses
  • Retroperitoneal masses and advanced endometriosis
  • Myomectomies
  • Gynecologic Oncology: Omentectomy; pelvic node sampling and Dissection; para-aortic node sampling and dissection
  • Radical hysterectomy
  • Radical vulvectomy Cystoscopy/sigmoidoscopy for cervical cancer staging
  • Pelvic exenteration
  • Management of endometrial early stage cervical and early-stage ovarian cancers

Treating all complex and benign gynecological issues, Dr. Samuelson is board certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology. Dr. Samuelson and his team offer a multidisciplinary approach with all cases they treat. From diagnosing early stage ovarian cancer and early stage cervical to the most complex of procedures, Dr. Samuelson and his team’s results are among the best in the nation.

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Chair, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology

Shohreh Shahabi, M.D.

Chair of Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
Chair of the Reproductive Tumor Biology Research Laboratory at Danbury Hospital Biomedical Research Institute
Gynecologist Oncologist and Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Vermont School of Medicine
Shohreh Shahabi, M.D.

Treating all complex and benign gynecological issues, Dr. Shahabi is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Shahabi and her team offer a multidisciplinary approach that offers patients the skill and special expertise of many for optimal outcomes.

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A noted surgeon, researcher, teacher and author, Dr. Shahabi brings a wide range of experiences to her gynecologic work. Before joining Danbury Hospital, Dr. Shahabi was director of gynecologic oncology division and head of the Gynecologic Oncology Research Laboratory, Moses Division at Montefiore Medical Center, which is part of Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Procedures and Specialties

  • Advanced pelvic surgery for incontinence, fibroids, adnexal masses and pelvic floor prolapse
  • Gestational trophoblastic disease
  • Omentectomy
  • Pelvic node sampling and dissection
  • Para-aortic node sampling and dissection
  • Radical hysterectomy
  • Radical vulvectomy; cystoscopy/sigmoidoscopy for cervical cancer staging
  • Bowel resection and/or anastomosis
  • Ureteral anastomosis or repair
  • Colostomy repair
  • Pelvic exteneration

Treatment of the Following Cancers:

  • Ovary, vaginal, vulva
  • Cervix
  • Endometrium
  • Fallopian tube
  • Peritoneal

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