This is a 42 year old woman who had been dealing with severe endometriosis and pelvic pain for many years. She had had 4 laparoscopies for treatment of extensive disease but, unfortunately, continued to have bad pain with intercourse and also had developed very heavy bleeding due to fibroids. The Mirena IUD containing progesterone helped her for 4-5 years but then nothing was working and she was miserable. She decided to have a hysterectomy and removal for her endometriosis. The DaVinci surgery allowed me to safely get to areas of deep endometriosis that had invaded down toward the vagina causing her pain with intercourse. At her 6 month check up she was very happy and told me that since the surgery things had been "Great!....especially the sex. It has never been this good!"
The DaVinci robot allows the surgeon to see in high magnification and 3D so we can see areas of endometriosis that were previously missed. The instruments provide greater flexibility and precision for operating leading to more complete removal of diseased areas and therefore better short and long term results for patients.