Certain factors, like endometriosis, fibroids or other long-term health problems, can affect a woman's reproductive health. When medication and other treatments are unable to relieve symptoms, gynecological surgery remains the accepted option for a range of conditions affecting the female reproductive system.

Gynecologic Robotic Surgery with a Human Touch

When you come to Baptist Health System for treatment, our team of experienced physicians and dedicated staff will provide you with compassionate and personalized care from your first consultation throughout your treatment plan.

The need for gynecologic robotic surgery can be an intimidating prospect for those who need it. At Baptist Health System, we understand your concerns and strive to make your surgery as comfortable as possible by using minimally invasive procedures.

As a community built on care, our priority is to continue to provide innovative medical solutions to give our patients hope of a better quality of life.

What Is a Gynecologic Robotic Surgery?

The female reproductive system is a delicate and complex system, which may consist of the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, cervix and vagina. Gynecologic disorders can affect many aspects of a woman's life, including fertility problems. When lifestyle changes combined with medications do not work, surgery may be recommended to diagnose and treat the source of the symptoms.

Unlike traditional open surgery, surgeons perform robotic, minimally invasive procedures through a console located in the operating theatre that has flexible robotic arms that mirror their hand movements to complete an operation. The robotic arms hold a special camera as well as the surgical equipment. By using the cameras and robotic arms controlled by a skilled physician, your operating team can effectively facilitate the separation of tissue, nerves and blood vessels in deep and narrow spaces that may be needed.

For qualified candidates, gynecologic robotic surgery may offer numerous potential benefits over traditional open gynecologic surgery, including shorter hospital stay and faster recovery.

Conditions We Treat with Gynecologic Robotic Surgery

Gynecologic robotic surgery can be used to treat the following gynecological conditions more effectively:

  • Cervical cancer – Cervical cancer is a disorder that can be caused by long-lasting infection with certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV). Symptoms may include vaginal bleeding or abnormal discharge.
  • Uterine cancer – Uterine cancer occurs when cells in the uterus continue to grow out of control. Women who have gone through menopause are more at risk of contracting uterine cancer. Symptoms include abnormal vaginal bleeding, pain or pressure in the pelvis, among others.
  • Uterine fibroids – Uterine fibroids are characterized by heavy or painful periods or bleeding between periods, feeling full in the lower abdomen, frequent urination, pain during sex, lower back pain and reproductive problems, such as infertility, multiple miscarriages or early labor.
  • Endometriosis – Endometriosis is a condition that occurs when the tissue that normally lines the uterus, also called the endometrium, grows outside of the uterus, often on the ovaries, behind the uterus, on the bowels or the bladder.
  • Uterine prolapse – Uterine prolapse occurs when the womb drops down due to weakening pelvic floor muscles and presses into the vaginal area.
  • Menorrhagia – Menorrhagia is heavy menstrual bleeding that lasts for more than a week. If left untreated, this condition may cause anemia. Possible causes include hormone-related problems.

Gynecological Procedures Offered at Baptist Health System

At Baptist Health System, we understand your concerns about your health and that any procedure you may need can be overwhelming. By providing personalized treatment plans, our team is here for you. If you have questions about an upcoming procedure, we encourage you to speak with your team. We offer the following procedures to treat gynecologic conditions:

  • Cryosurgery - Cryosurgery uses extreme cold to destroy any diseased tissue. This procedure can be performed at a doctor's office or in an operating room. The location depends on the underlying issue and reason for having cryosurgery completed.
  • Dilation and Curettage – Dilation and curettage is a surgical procedure usually performed after a miscarriage. Dilation means to open up the cervix, while curettage means to remove the content within the uterus.
  • Hysterectomy – A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the uterus, and it may also include the removal of the cervix, ovaries and fallopian tubes.
  • Loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) – The LEEP procedure uses a heated wire loop in order to remove cells and tissue. LEEP can be used as both part of the treatment and to help diagnose cancerous or abnormal cells and tissue.
  • Myomectomy – Myomectomy is the surgical removal of fibroids within the uterus. Unlike a hysterectomy, this procedure does not involve removing the entire uterus. Fibroids do not regrow after surgery, but new ones may develop and may require more surgery.

If you would like a referral to discuss minimally invasive robotic surgeries, please fill out the form found here and we’ll connect you to the nearest facility in your area.

Schedule an Appointment

Our goal is to help people achieve health for life through compassionate service combined with the latest technologies and procedures available today here in San Antonio. To know more about our comprehensive portfolio of gynecologic services, please call 866-309-2873.

Insurance Accepted

We accept a variety of medical insurance plans at Baptist Health System, so you can get the care you need for your condition. For questions about your coverage, please contact your insurance provider directly or visit here for your billing and insurance questions. If you have specific questions regarding insurance coverage at Baptist Health System, call us at 888-707-0664.

Find an OB/GYN Doctor in San Antonio

If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort from an undiagnosed condition or injury, speak with one of our OB/GYN doctors at Baptist Health System for proper diagnosis and advice on the best treatment options for your condition. If it is an emergency, please contact 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.