ADC doctors use da Vinci tool for variety of treatments

surgeon working at da Vinci machine

A surgeon at work during a da Vinci procedure.

Doctors at The Austin Diagnostic Clinic have an advanced tool to use in a wide number of cases when treating patients.

Thanks to the latest evolution in surgical technology, ADC doctors now have an effective alternative to traditional open surgery and laparoscopy that may allow them to provide patients with the best of both approaches. With the assistance of the da Vinci™ Surgical System, surgeons can now operate using only 1-2 cm incisions, but with greater precision and control than ever before. da Vinci can help surgeons minimize the pain and risk associated with surgery while increasing the likelihood of a fast recovery and excellent clinical outcomes.

General Surgery

Our general surgeons, Dr. Thomas Brown and Dr. Francis Buzad have a lot of general surgical experience using the da Vinci system. They have been performing a wide variety of cases including surgery for reflux disease (Nissen fundoplication) repair of hiatal and paraesophageal hernias, Heller myotomy (for esophageal achalasia), colorectal surgery for both benign and malignant disease, and solid organ removal such as adrenalectomy and splenectomy and liver cysts. Dr. Buzad has some of the largest case volumes and experience in general surgery regionally.

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dr. Wendy Cutler, in our Obstetrics and Gynecology department, uses the
da Vinci for some surgical cases including hysterectomies, ovarian cystectomies and some vaginal suspensions. Dr. Alison Devine and Dr. Yvette Gutierrez-Schieffer are currently training on the da Vinci and will be performing these procedures soon.

For years traditional open gynecologic surgery, using a large incision for access to the uterus and surrounding anatomy, has been the standard approach to many gynecologic procedures. For women facing gynecologic surgery, the period of pain, discomfort and extended time away from normal daily activities that usually follows traditional surgery can understandably cause significant anxiety.

Fortunately, less invasive options are available. Some gynecologic procedures enable surgeons to access the target anatomy using a vaginal approach, which may not require an external incision. But for complex hysterectomies and other gynecologic procedures, robot-assisted surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System may be the most effective, least invasive treatment option. The smaller incision allows for minimal pain and a faster recovery period for most women.

All da Vinci procedures are performed at the North Austin Medical Center.

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