Ask the Expert: How are robotics used to treat pelvic floor disorders?
FORT THOMAS, Ky. (WKRC) - Local women's health providers are getting some high-tech help in the operating room, and it's already improving lives.
Urogynecology experts at St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Fort Thomas shared with Local 12 how robotics are helping treat pelvic floor disorders. It's a common condition that affects up to 30 percent of women.
"What happens is you leak when you cough, sneeze, laugh sometimes. Sometimes, women feel that things are falling out, including the bladder, the uterus and sometimes the rectum," said Dr. Sonali Raman.
Dr. Raman says when that happens, the average patient waits seven years to get help. But not anymore.
"I needed to have repair done, and so it was something I put off for years," said patient Ginny Vancleve.
Vancleve had a procedure to repair her pelvic floor with the help of a robot, known as the da Vinci Xi.
The robot does not move unless Dr. Raman is moving it. It's an extension of her arms and allows her to do a lot of procedures, including fixing the pelvic floor, stopping bladder leakage and performing hysterectomies.
"The main thing is kind of giving support to that vaginal prolapse," said Dr. Raman.
Dr. Raman sits at a console to perform prolapse surgery where she can control the robot. She can see on a monitor inside it what she is repairing while the robot's arms work to do this as an extension of her own. With the help of surgical assistants, she can then operate through tiny incisions.
"It's amazing on a weekly basis how many people we really do see and the lives that we are changing," said assistant surgical nurse manager Suzanne Smith.
If you'd like to make an appointment with this team, you can call them at 859-757-2132.