Alexis Dominguez MD is an Obstetrician and Gynecologist who practices medicine at the offices of Anthony Cardella, MD, in Miami, Florida. He is specially trained in Minimally Invasive Surgery and the Da Vinci Robotic System, which is designed to leave patients with minimal scarring and allow for faster recovery times.
He has performed numerous surgeries with the Da Vinci Robotic System, in particular hysterectomies, which he defines as the removal of the uterus. “The surgery is performed robotically,” says Alexis Dominguez MD. “We enter the abdomen with a trocar, which is essentially a sheath, which allows us to place the instruments, via the trocars. We use one trocar in the umbilical site, and then some accessory points about the area. It helps us triangulate a visual field, so that we’re able to see everything in 3-D. We have a better visualization of the procedure; of the actual anatomy around the area. A better visualization of the pelvis, and the structures that are within the pelvis.”
The recovery time for a hysterectomy performed robotically is usually about four to six weeks, says Alexis Dominguez MD. That is about the same, or sometimes a little faster, than hysterectomies that are not performed with minimally invasive surgery.
Minimally invasive surgery is becoming more common, as Alexis Dominguez MD knows, and he says this is a good thing. Not all types of surgeries, however, can be done with minimally invasive surgery techniques, such as the removal of cancerous tumors, which are usually best treated through conventional open surgery.