Located in the Lakeview area of Chicago area, board-certified gynecologist Dr. Wolny is an expert in helping women with a wide range of reproductive health issues, such as fibroids. A leading provider of gynecology services, Dr. Wolny offers the most advanced and effective treatment options to remedy fibroids and the symptoms they cause, including robotic myomectomy.
Uterine fibroids, commonly known as fibroids, are tumors in the uterine muscle tissue which have developed inside the walls of the uterus itself. Typically, fibroids are non-cancerous. They traditionally present as a single mass, however, some women have experienced multiple smaller fibroids. Fibroids can range in size from comparable to a seed to the size of a grapefruit. Larger fibroids are rare. By 50, around 20 to 80% of women have reported dealing with fibroids at some point. Fibroids can present with few or zero symptoms or they can cause pain, typically when the fibroid is large or there are many fibroids.
Unfortunately, we don’t know why fibroids occur. However, it is believed that numerous factors can influence their growth. They can be affected by hormonal fluctuations and it may also be passed down from parent to child. They have been found to grow quickly during pregnancy and have shown to react to estrogen and progesterone levels. Fibroids can also shrink during menopause.
A robotic myomectomy is a minimally invasive procedure which utilizes laparoscopic techniques which employ small incisions and reduces the patient's recovery time. Myomectomies can preserve fertility. The fibroids are removed from the uterus surgically and this alleviates symptoms. The robot-assisted myomectomy merges the diligence of a traditional open myomectomy with the minimally-invasive laparoscopic technique in addition to being effective for large tumors. During the robotic myomectomy procedure, the surgeon uses a console with hand and foot controls which move the robotic arms during the procedure. The arms are manipulated by the surgeon using joystick-like controls and are exceptionally dexterous. The robot also has a camera which provides a magnified, 3-D view. The robot also removes any tremor in a doctor’s hands. For delicate work, "motion scaling" software condenses a surgeon's actual hand movements into much smaller, finer movements performed by the surgical instruments.