da Vinci

       The da Vinci advantage

For surgeons:

  •  Improved ergonomics
  •  Enhanced 3D visualization
  •  Greater precision

For patients:

  •  Smaller incision
  •  Less discomfort
  •  Quicker return to normal activities  

Robotic Surgery Demonstration


TRMC now offers da Vinci Robotic Surgery

Tift Regional Medical Center (TRMC) now offers the revolutionary da Vinci robotic system for gynecological procedures.  Now, patients don't have to drive far away for this advanced, minimally-invasive care.    

What is the da Vinci robotic system?  

The da Vinci System is a sophisticated robotic platform designed to expand the surgeon's capabilities - and for the first time - offer a minimally invasive option for major surgery. With da Vinci, small incisions are used to introduce miniaturized wristed instruments and a high-definition 3D camera. Seated comfortably at the da Vinci console, your surgeon views a magnified, high-resolution 3D image of the surgical site.

At the same time, state-of-the-art robotic and computer technologies scale, filter and seamlessly translate your surgeon's hand movements into precise micro-movements of the da Vinci instruments.

The System cannot be programmed, nor can it make decisions on its own. Rather, the da Vinci System requires that every surgical maneuver be performed with direct input from your surgeon.

What does this mean for gynecological patients?

When medication and non-invasive procedures are unable to relieve symptoms, surgery remains the accepted and most effective treatment for a range of gynecologic conditions. These include, but are not limited to, cervical and uterine cancer, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, uterine prolapse and menorrhagia or excessive bleeding.

Traditional open gynecologic surgery, using a large incision for access to the uterus and surrounding anatomy, has for many years been the standard approach to many gynecologic procedures. Yet with open surgery can come significant pain, trauma, a long recovery process and threat to surrounding organs and nerves. For women facing gynecologic surgery, the period of pain, discomfort and extended time away from normal daily activities that usually follows traditional surgery can understandably cause significant anxiety.

Fortunately, less invasive options are available. Some gynecologic procedures enable surgeons to access the target anatomy using a vaginal approach, which may not require an external incision. But for complex hysterectomies and other gynecologic procedures, robot-assisted surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System may be the most effective, least invasive treatment option. Through tiny, 1-2 cm incisions, surgeons using the da Vinci System  can operate with greater precision and control, minimizing the pain and risk associated with large incisions while increasing the likelihood of a fast recovery and excellent clinical outcomes.

Frequently Asked Questions About da Vinci

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How can I arrange for a consultation?

You or your primary care physician's office can schedule an appointment with one of the da Vinci GYN surgeons listed below:

  • The Howard Center for Women's Health
    Drew Howard, M.D.
    Kaylar Howard, M.D.
    (229) 391-3500

  • Tifton Women's Center
    Bridgett Asbury, M.D.
    Sandra Brickman, M.D.
    Nathan Mordel, M.D.
    (229) 386-1528

TRMC da Vinci GYN surgeons
Standing, left to right: Dr. Sandra Brickman, Dr. Drew Howard, Dr. Nathan Mordel and Dr. Kaylar HowardSeated: Dr. Bridgett Asbury.

 Please note: surgeons are independent contractors and not employees of Tift Regional Medical Center.