At the Mater Private, we offer a range of services for the investigation and treatment of both cancerours and non-cancerous gynaecological issues. For all gynaecology surgery performed at the hospital, we use a mixture of key hole or robotic surgery. Both of these techniques are a type of minimally invasive surgery, meaning that your length of stay at the hospital and recovery post surgery will be shortened.
Laparoscopic or keyhole surgery is a technique in which operations in the abdomen are performed through small incisions. Carbon dioxide gas is inserted into the abdominal cavity which causes the abdomen to expand, lifting the abdominal wall away from the internal organs. This allows the doctors to have more space to work in the area of the abdomen they are treating. A laparoscope (a small camera) is inserted through an incision at the umbilicus (belly button). A video camera permits the surgeon to see and examine inside the abdominal area. Laparoscopy is performed either under general anaesthetic or as a day case procedure.
Gynaecological laparoscopy can be used to:
- diagnose and treat endometriosis
- remove adhesions (scar tissue)
- treat an ectopic pregnancy
- carry out female sterilisation (surgery on your fallopian tubes to prevent future pregnancy)
- remove an ovarian cyst
- remove your womb (hysterectomy) or ovaries (oophorectomy)
- treat fibroids
- investigate cancer or remove lymph nodes for cancer treatment
In 2012 the Mater Private launched a robotic programme for patients requiring hysterectomy mid 2012. Patients who have a hysterectomy via the robotic procedure may have a quicker return to normal activities than patients having other methods of surgery.
For complex hysterectomies and other gynaecologic procedures, robotic assisted surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System may be the most effective, least invasive treatment option. Robotic assisted surgery enhances the surgical technique for patients where it is difficult to carry out the surgery e.g. obese patients, patients with a large uterus.
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.