Patient Stories

Linda Mozeak had single site robotic surgerySingle-Site Robotic Surgery
Linda's doctor told her that the safest approach to resolve her excessive bleeding in between menstrual cycles was to have a partial hysterectomy. Linda chose to undergo single-site robotic surgery because of the fast recovery. Read Linda's story.

Julie Patient StoryRobotic Hysterectomy
Julie made the decision to undergo robotic-assisted surgery because of the fast recovery time and smaller incisions. Read Julie's Story.

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Robotic Surgery – Gynecology


hysterectomy for benign conditions videoWatch a video about da Vinci hysterectomy 

A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure that removes a woman’s uterus. It is the second most common surgery among women in the United States. It is estimated that one third of all U.S. women will have a hysterectomy by age 60. There are a variety of reasons your doctor may recommend a hysterectomy including abnormal uterine bleeding, chronic pelvic pain, fibroids, endometriosis or cancer.

incision comparison of open surgery vs robotic surgery for hysterectomyTraditionally, a hysterectomy has been performed with a large open incision to gain access to the uterus. This procedure involves a lengthy recovery period and can come with significant pain and trauma to the abdomen. It may also be done non-invasively through the vagina, however, if the uterus is enlarged, you have internal scarring from a prior surgery or some other gynecologic condition, abdominal hysterectomy is recommended.

A hysterectomy can be performed through a minimally invasive laparoscopic surgical procedure through a few small incisions in the abdomen. The uterus is removed using special instruments and a tiny camera. The surgeon views the target anatomy on a 2D monitor. Laparoscopic hysterectomy can be challenging for surgeons, in part because of the long-handled, rigid instruments used.

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da Vinci surgery

Women now have the option of choosing to have a hysterectomy performed by a surgeon using the da Vinci Surgical System. Through a few tiny incisions and the use of state-of-the-art technology, the surgeon is able to perform delicate and complex operations with superior vision, precision, dexterity and control. The best surgical option for you will depend on your medical history and the complexity of your condition.

Uterine Fibroids

Myomectomy is a common alternative to hysterectomy for treating fibroids. This surgery removes fibroid tumors while leaving the uterus in place. Myomectomy is often recommended for women who want to become pregnant or keep their uterus for other reasons.

As with hysterectomy, myomectomy has traditionally been performed using open surgery with a large incision. After removing each fibroid, the surgeon repairs the uterus to minimize potential bleeding, infection and scarring. Proper repair of the uterus is critical to reducing the risk of uterine tearing during pregnancy. Laparoscopic myomectomy is a minimally invasive alternative to open surgery but is usually not an option for women with large, multiple, or difficult to reach fibroids.

If your doctor has recommended surgery to treat uterine fibroids, you may be a candidate for the da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery. A new category in minimally invasive surgery, this technique involves state-of-the-art technology which enables surgeons to perform this delicate operation with superior vision, precision, dexterity and control.

Endometriosis Resection

da Vinci endometriosis resection allows your surgeon to perform a thorough removal of deeply penetrated or widespread endometriosis while preserving your uterus. Unlike conventional open and laparoscopic surgery, da Vinci endometriosis resection offers the added benefit of computer and robotic-assisted technology, with the goal of minimizing the risk of your endometriosis returning.

Meet our Robotic Surgeons

Dr. Brian Clark, gynecologic robotic surgeonBrian Clark, MD, FACOG earned his medical degree at the University of Vermont College of Medicine,  Burlington, VT in 1994. He performed his  internship and residency at the University of Vermont in obstetrics and gynecology  and a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology & infertility.

Board certified in reproductive endocrinology & infertility and obstetrics & gynecology, Dr. Clark’s special clinical  interests include robotic and laparoscopic surgery, hysteroscopy, reproductive issues, infertility, fibroids,  endometriosis, abnormal bleeding, menopause, and adolescent/pediatric  gynecologic issues.

For the last seven years, Dr. Clark has practiced at UMass  Memorial Medical Center where he was the Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and has performed numerous complex gynecologic robotic and laparoscopic surgeries. He is an associate professor at UMass Medical  School. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Clark at his office in Millbury, call 508-917-6720.

Dr. Leonard DiGiovanni, our gynecologic robotic surgeonLeonard DiGiovanni, DO, FACOOG graduated with a degree in medicine from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, MO in 1985. He completed his internship at Normandy Osteopathic Hospitals and his residency at Metropolitan Medical Center, both in St. Louis, MO. Dr. DiGiovanni is board-certified in obstetrics & gynecology.

Dr. DiGiovanni is an Assistant Professor at UMass Medical School and his clinical interests include minimally invasive surgery, robotic-assisted surgery, laparoscopy, hysteroscopy and general obstetrics. His office is located in Milford and you may schedule an appointment with him by calling 508-458-4200.

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