Dr. Leo Brancazio

Robotic surgery is the most advanced form of minimally invasive surgery available today, and WVU Medicine has one of the most advanced and comprehensive programs in the region. WVU Medicine obstetrician and gynecologist Leo Brancazio, MD, discusses how robotic surgery can be used to treat women’s reproductive health issues.

What is robotic-assisted surgery?
Our highly-trained surgeons use the robotic-assisted surgical device, the da Vinci® Surgical System, to operate through a few small incisions, instead of a large open area. The surgeon has complete control of the robotic arms at all times, and the instruments bend and rotate with far greater flexibility than the human hand. A miniature camera attached to one of the four robotic arms allows our experts to have a highly magnified, three dimensional view inside of the body.

What procedures are treated with robotic surgery?
Patients with early-stage gynecological cancers who need hysterectomies (removal of the uterus) may be potential candidates for robotic-assisted surgery. Noncancerous or benign tumors of the uterus, called uterine fibroids, may also be treated with the da Vinci® System.

What are the risks?
Complications are possible with any major procedure. Your doctor will help you decide if robotic surgery is the best option for you. Robotic surgery has minimized complications and improved outcomes for many patients.

What are the benefits?
Our surgeons can perform deep-tissue procedures with minimal trauma because there is no large, open incision. Robotic-assisted surgery can help reduce pain and blood loss, allow for shorter recovery time and hospitals stays, reduce scarring and risk of infection, and provide a faster return to your daily routine.

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