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A More Precise Surgery

The da Vinci robot

A More Precise Surgery, with Two Surgeons

How it works

The surgeon operates while seated at a console, viewing a 3D image of the surgical field. The system translates the surgeon's hand, wrist and finger movements into precise, real-time movements of surgical instruments inside the patient.

Why we use it

It allows the surgeon to make smaller incisions, inflicting less pain, trauma, and scarring on the patient, and in many cases allowing the patient to avoid a long stay in the hospital. Most importantly, patients recover and return to normal activities more quickly.

"The 'da Vinci Si' allows two surgeons to participate in the procedure simultaneously, similar to what is done with a larger incision," says Susan Davidson, MD, chief of gynecological oncology. "With two experienced surgeons, it makes a difficult procedure quicker and easier. In a teaching environment, it also makes the procedures safer."

UCH surgeons trained in da Vinci robotic surgery

Ruben J. Alvero, MD

Dr. Alvero's special interests include minimally invasive and robotic surgery, in vitro fertilization, endometriosis and polycystic ovarian syndrome. He offers the complete range of services necessary to treat reproductive anomalies such as vaginal and uterine agenesis, transverse and longitudinal vaginal septum and uterine fusion defects, fallopian tube anastomosis, and complex pelvic adhesive disease.Dr. Alvero is double boarded in both OB-GYN and REI. He is a fellow of both the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and American College of Surgeons.

Jaime S. Arruda, MD

Dr. Arruda's interests are in minimally invasive surgery, robotic surgery, cervical dysplasia, and pregnancy care. She offers complete obstetric and benign gynecology services. Dr. Arruda has an interest in healthy pregnancy outcomes and exercise in pregnancy. She treats women who have a range of gynecologic issues, including abnormal bleeding, fibroids, endometriosis, uterine polyps, contraception, and abnormal PAP smears. She performs gynecologic surgery with a focus on minimally invasive surgery including laparoscopic and robotic hysterectomy, myomectomy, endometrial ablation, and hysteroscopy.

Kian Behbakht, MD

Dr. Behbakht treats women with primary and recurrent gynecologic cancers (including uterine, cervical, ovarian, vaginal, and vulvar cancers and gestational trophoblastic disease/molar pregnancies) with multimodality treatments including surgery and chemotherapy. His clinical interests are in minimally invasive and fertility preserving treatments for gynecologic malignancies. He is in his twelfth year of gynecologic oncology practice and has been performing minimally invasive surgery for gynecologic malignancies for more than five years. He is general director of the Program of Excellence in Cancers of the Ovary in Colorado (PECOC), a comprehensive effort to eradicate the burden of gynecologic cancers in the Rocky Mountain region through prevention, detection, treatment and outreach.

Susan A. Davidson, MD

Dr. Davidson is Chief of Gynecologic Oncology in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is also Primary Investigator of the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG) clinical cancer trials program at the University of Colorado Cancer Center. Dr. Davidson received her medical degree and residency training at the University of Texas, San Antonio, followed by a gynecologic oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Dr. Davidson has been interested in and performing minimally invasive surgery (MIS) since 1993 with a focus on MIS for endometrial cancer since 2004. She has been using the daVinci robot for most MIS procedures since 2008 and has expanded the use of MIS for some ovarian cancer patients and for management of many ovarian masses.

Karlotta M. Davis, MD

Dr. Davis earned her MD from the University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1981 and attended the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland where she earned her M.P.H. She completed her residency at the Naval Hospital in Oakland in 1987. Dr. Davis served in the United States Navy Medical Corps as Commander, from 1981-89, and in active reserves until 1993. She joined the UC Denver Obstetrics and Gynecology Department in 1993. Dr. Davis has been board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology through the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology since December 1989. Her clinical interests include urogynecology, pelvic floor dysfunction and robotic surgery.

Paul D. Maroni, MD

Dr. Maroni's primary clinical interest is urologic oncology with an emphasis on prostate and testicular cancer. He specializes in minimally invasive treatments for prostate and kidney cancer including robotic prostatectomy and partial nephrectomy. As an active member of the Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG), he is dedicated to enrolling patients in clinical trials that will improve the clinical outcomes of urologic cancers. Dr. Maroni has authored numerous clinical papers, and has presented nationally on various aspects of urologic oncology.

Shandra S. Wilson, MD

Dr. Wilson's primary clinical interest is urologic oncology with an emphasis on bladder, testicular, and prostatic carcinoma. She also specializes in reconstruction or substitution of the ureter and bladder and is adept at performing retroperitoneal lymph node dissections for testicular carcinoma. Dr. Wilson is highly proficient on the Da Vinci robot. She has performed robotic surgery for over three years and is one of the few to perform cystectomy and lymph node dissection robotically. She performs 100 cystectomies per year and her patients have some of the best outcomes in the Rocky Mountain Region.

Our new system

It's called the "da Vinci Si," and it is Colorado's first new dual-control da Vinci system.

Request an appointment at UCH to find out more!