For ovarian cysts which procedure has the highest success rate, laparoscopy or robotic surgery?
Dr. Andrew I. Brill is Director of Minimally Invasive Gynecology and Reparative Pelvic Surgery at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. He is an internationally recognized pioneer and expert in gynecologic endoscopy and minimally invasive surgical techniques for female disorders. His numerous publications and textbook chapters cover a wide range of subjects including basic to advanced techniques in operative laparoscopy and hysteroscopy, reducing risk during minimally invasive surgery, outpatient surgical solutions, and less invasive procedures for incontinence and uterine prolapse. He is the past president of the AAGL, the largest international organization for minimally invasive gynecology.
Although robotic surgery is now commonly marketed by both hospitals and physicians, little information to date demonstrates any advantage for women undergoing gynecologic surgery.
Rather than choosing a particular instrument, any woman advised to undergo surgery for an ovarian cyst will be best served by finding a physician with extensive experience in performing ovarian surgery in a minimally invasive fashion using laparoscopy.