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Ovarian Cystectomy

Some women may develop a solid or fluid-filled sac or pocket, known as a cyst, within or on the surface of an ovary. It can be very painful, so these cysts needs to be closely observed. An ovarian cystectomy is the removal of an ovarian cyst or tumor while preserving the ovary, which is important for patients who desire to maintain fertility.

Some people are candidates for robot-assisted technology. Much like a traditional laparoscopy, your surgeon would work using the da Vinci System to make small incisions. The difference in a da Vinci ovarian cystectomy is the magnified 3-D HD view. This feature, as well as the rotational qualities of small wristed instruments used in da Vinci, designed to offer your surgeon increased vision, dexterity and control.

Some potential benefits to robotic surgery include:

  • Less pain
  • Decreased blood loss
  • Less scarring
  • Fewer complications
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Shorter recovery time
  • Faster return to normal daily activities

All surgery presents risk, including da Vinci® Surgery and other minimally invasive procedures. Serious complications may occur in any surgery, up to and including death. Examples of serious and life-threatening complications, which may require hospitalization, include injury to tissues or organs; bleeding; infection, and internal scarring that can cause long-lasting dysfunction or pain. Temporary pain or nerve injury has been linked to the inverted position often used during abdominal and pelvic surgery. Patients should understand that risks of surgery include potential for human error and potential for equipment failure. Risk specific to minimally invasive surgery may include: a longer operative time; the need to convert the procedure to an open approach; or the need for additional or larger incision sites. Converting the procedure to open could mean a longer operative time, long time under anesthesia, and could lead to increased complications. Patients who bleed easily, have abnormal blood clotting, are pregnant or morbidly obese are typically not candidates for minimally invasive surgery, including da Vinci Surgery with Single-Site Instruments. Research suggests that there may be an increased risk of incision-site hernia with single-incision surgery. Potential risks include conversion to other surgical techniques and multiple incisions. Patients should talk to their doctors to decide if da Vinci is right for them. Visit for more detailed safety information. The implementation of a da Vinci Surgery program is practice- and hospital-specific. Results will vary. Past customer experience does not imply any guarantee of results in practice or program success. Unless otherwise noted, all people depicted are models. © 2014 Intuitive Surgical, Inc. All rights reserved. Product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders. PN 1003049 Rev B 5/14

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