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Learn About Our New and Improved, Minimally Invasive Prolapse Surgery

You’ve reached the end of conservative measures for treating pelvic organ prolapse and it’s time for surgery. Choose an innovative, minimally invasive option that can decrease your surgical recovery time, minimize scarring, and speed your healing.

Richard Farnam, MD is a board-certified urogynecologist and surgeon who leads the team here at Texas Urogynecology & Laser Surgery Center in El Paso, Texas. Dr. Farnam is a nationally recognized specialist in robotic-assisted surgical procedures for treatment of gynecological issues, such as pelvic organ prolapse.

He’s thrilled to offer his patients the benefits of minimally invasive surgery with the da Vinci® Surgical System.

What is pelvic organ prolapse?

Pelvic organ prolapse is a relatively common issue that’s caused by weakening of the pelvic muscles and other tissue structures that, when healthy, act as a sling to hold your uterus, bladder, and other pelvic organs in place.  

As these supportive structures weaken, pelvic organs can begin to prolapse (fall out of place) and cause pressure on the organs below. The symptoms associated with prolapse may be slight initially but can increase as the condition worsens.

You may experience:

  • Discomfort during sex
  • A bulge in the vagina that you can feel or see
  • Pressure, discomfort, aching, or a sensation of fullness in the pelvis
  • Symptoms that worsen with standing, coughing, or physical activity
  • Urinary leakage (incontinence)
  • Difficulty having a bowel movement
  • Problems inserting a tampon

When conservative measures fail, such as exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor or pessary devices to support your vaginal wall, and the symptoms begin to interfere with your quality of life, surgery can provide effective results.

What are the advantages of the da Vinci system over other surgical methods?

The advanced design and technological innovations incorporated into the da Vinci system take the benefits of minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery to the next level.

Traditional surgical methods for pelvic organ prolapse require a long, open incision in your abdomen. This unavoidably causes trauma to skin, muscles, and other tissue encountered during surgery, greatly increases the risk of bleeding, and prolongs recovery time after the surgery.

Previous laparoscopic systems used technology that enabled surgeons to complete complex procedures like pelvic organ prolapse repair with a few small incisions. A camera on a flexible tube and specialized surgical instruments inserted through the incisions allowed us to perform surgery while monitoring images on a screen. This was a welcome improvement over open or traditional surgery.

The da Vinci system provides the newest advancements in minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, including robot-assisted technology that the surgeon controls at all times.

The improvements with the da Vinci design include:

  • A high-definition, 3D view inside your body
  • Instruments that bend and rotate far better than even a skilled surgeon’s hand
  • Enhanced precision and control throughout the procedure

Compared to open surgical techniques, the da Vinci system provides:

  • Lower rates of surgical complications
  • Decreased blood loss
  • A shorter hospital stay
  • Speedier recovery and overall healing

When it’s time for prolapse surgery, Dr. Farnam absolutely recommends his patients consider robotic-assisted surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System. This up-to-date technology features superior maneuverability and precision, as well as the benefits that come with smaller incisions and faster overall healing.

If you’re considering undergoing surgery for pelvic organ prolapse, schedule a visit at Texas Urogynecology & Laser Surgery Center for more information about minimally invasive surgery via the da Vinci system. Call the office or click the online scheduling button to book your appointment.