Alexis Dominguez MD is a Miami OB/GYN who received training in Minimally Invasive Surgery and the da Vinci Robotic System. He attended medical school in Costa Rica and in the United States.
Using the da Vinci Surgical System, says Alexis Dominguez MD, he is able to operate on a patient by making several small incisions, instead of open surgery. The da Vinci System features instruments that can bend and rotate like the human wrist, although with much greater range and flexibility. There is a 3-D, high definition vision system incorporated into the system, so that the surgeon operating it has greatly enhanced vision and control.
Alexis Dominguez MD says this is all a huge step forward in the discipline. “With the advent of robotic surgery – and not just robotic, but minimally invasive surgery as a whole – I think in our specialty we are offering the patient a less invasive form of obtaining procedures that are commonly performed now – days with, if not better results, then equal results to what the standard of care is, with added benefits, such as less pain, less days in the hospital.”
He adds that some patients are skeptical of robotic surgery because it seems that the surgeon is not in total control of the procedure. But nothing, he explains, could be further from the truth. He says when he is using the da Vinci Robotic System he is in complete control of the surgery. The da Vinci system has been used successfully an estimated 1.5 million times in surgeries around the world, in a variety of different types of operations.