If the results of the screening tests suggest ovarian cancer, minimally invasive surgery may be the next step in your diagnosis. Depending on your individual situation, your surgeon may want to confirm the presence of cancer before a more invasive operation is chosen.

daVinci Surgical System

Riverside is the only health system in the state of Virginia that is able to offer women robotic minimally invasive gynecologic cancer surgery. The daVinci Surgical System, a minimally invasive surgical system, is used for the staging and treatment of cancers of the reproductive tract.Dr. William Irvin, a Riverside board certified gynecologic oncologist is able to perform these more precise, less invasive, robotic assisted procedures.
daVinci robotic surgery offers many advantages over traditional surgery
  • A shorter hospital stay
  • A small incision site that can be as small as a dime.
  • Less risk of pain and scarring.
  • Less risk of infection.
  • Less blood loss. 
  • A faster recovery with a quicker return to your normal activities.

How daVinci robotic surgery works

Working with a support team, the surgeon views the surgical area on a video monitor and operates master controls while seated at the da Vinci robotic system console.

How it works

EndowristTM technology mimics the normal surgical motions of the human hand. The surgeon's hand, wrist, and finger movements are seamlessly translated with extraordinary control and range of motion via robotic arms to very small surgical instruments positioned inside the patient. These robotic arms are so small that the surgery can be performed in spaces where the human hand would not fit.

During this time, the camera on one of the robotic arms and the robotic system's 3-D visualization provide a view of the surgical field that is brighter, sharper and more magnified than images available through the human eye.

Proven technology

The daVinci Robotic Surgery System has been used successfully in thousands of surgeries. The system has been effective in the treatment of complex ovarian masses suspected to be cancer, the staging of gynecologic malignancies and for the removal of lymph nodes. As effective as the daVinci is, the system is not the right tool for every patient. If you are facing surgery, the staff at the Riverside Cancer Care Center and your doctor can help you determine if this alternative procedure is right for your situation.