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Robotic Training Epicenter: Uro-Gynecological Surgery Printer Friendly Version Printer Friendly Version Share

Continuing its commitment to offer the latest options in minimally invasive and advanced surgical techniques, Sarasota Memorial Hospital has been designated as the first and only Robotic Training Epicenter for urology-led gynecologic surgery in Florida.

Robert Carey, MDLed by Urological Robotic Surgeon Robert Carey, MD, Sarasota Memorial’s robotic team was recognized by Intuitive Surgical as a center of excellence because of its expertise, superior patient outcomes and ability to teach best practices to future robotic surgeons learning how to perform robotic pelvic floor reconstruction (sacralcolpopexy) and other uro-gynecological surgeries using the da Vinci robot. 

Sarasota Memorial is one of just three programs across the nation to earn the distinction for uro-gynecological procedures, and the only training site for that specialty in Florida. As an official Epicenter training site, Sarasota Memorial hosts gynecologic surgeons from across the nation as they study specialized surgical techniques by observing robotic surgeries in action in the hospital’s da Vinci surgical suites.

Robotic surgery is one of the most important breakthroughs in women’s surgeries in the past decade. An estimated one-third of all U.S. women have a hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus) or gynecological procedure by age 60, usually due to benign gynecologic conditions like fibroids (growths in and/or around the uterus), endometriosis (uterine lining growing outside the uterus) or pelvic prolapse (slipping of the uterus, vagina and/or bladder), which can cause chronic pain, heavy bleeding and other mild to severe symptoms.

During a da Vinci robot assisted procedure, the surgeon sits at a console a few feet away from the operating table, viewing high-definition 3D images and using hand and foot controls to move the surgical instruments and camera. The system translates the surgeon's hand, wrist and finger movements into the most precise movements possible using miniaturized instruments inside the patient.  

For patients, robotic surgery often results in smaller incisions with less pain, less scarring, less blood loss and shorter hospitalization and recovery times.  

Sarasota Memorial was the first hospital in the region to pioneer da Vinci robotic surgery when it purchased the latest generation robot in 2006. Today, it is the region’s leading referral center with three robotic surgery suites and nearly two dozen robotic surgeons who have performed more than 2,200 minimally invasive procedures across a broad range specialties – cardiac, thoracic, urologic, colorectal, bariatric, gynecologic and oncologic surgery.

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Call Sarasota Memorial's HealthLine at (941) 917-7777. 

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