Robotic Machinery used for Surgery

Medicine’s Robotic Revolution

The DMC Medical Group provides robotic OB/GYN surgical options to the women of Southeast Michigan.

Ethan Goldstein, MD, one of the founders of Detroit Medical Group’s robotic surgery program, is committed to delivering high quality, next-generation care to the patients he serves.

“I am very results-driven. I want my patients to feel better as soon as possible,” says Dr. Goldstein, Director of Robotic and Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery and Vice Chief of Gynecology with Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital. “Minimally invasive surgical techniques can benefit people quickly, which is one reason I went into this type of medicine to begin with.”

Dr. Goldstein, Prepared for Surgery

Board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Goldstein has practiced the craft of using robotic surgery to treat gynecologic conditions since his residency days with Beaumont Hospital. Drawn to the challenge of doing large surgeries through keyhole incisions, he worked diligently to understand and explore methods that could provide maximum benefit to patients.

Key Benefits

Photo of Dr. GoldsteinPatients who have undergone robotic rather than traditional open or laparoscopic surgeries may experience multiple benefits, including:

  • Decreased bleeding and pain
  • Faster and shorter recovery
  • Minimal scarring
  • Reduced risk of infection

“Many patients have had Caesarean sections or previous surgeries,” Dr. Goldstein says. “That can make vaginal surgery more challenging. Laparoscopic and robotic surgeries are often the best options.”

How and Why It Works

Robotic-assisted surgery is a form of laparoscopic surgery that can make some operations easier to perform and thus more likely to be successful. After making a few tiny incisions or, in some cases, only one in a patient, the surgeon can navigate intricate procedures using a small camera and interactive mechanical arms.

MachineThe surgeon guides the procedure from a console near the operating room. He or she visually observes the surgery by looking at a monitor that displays three-dimensional, real-time images that are even more detailed than what the surgeon might see when standing beside the patient during an open surgery.

“You’re operating with 3D, HD vision, allowing fine and delicate control of your instruments,” Dr. Goldstein says. “The experience is unparalleled to anything you could see anywhere else.”

Dr. Goldstein and his colleagues can use the robotic approach for a variety of procedures, including hysterectomies and myomectomies to remove painful fibroids. It is a procedure that should be selected with proper discretion.

“Robotic surgery is not for everybody. We try to use it for difficult cases where straight laparoscopy would be too difficult and may result in converting that case to an open procedure,” Dr. Goldstein says. “We’re trying to keep surgery minimally invasive and help our patients get back to their lives as quickly as possible.”

Make the DMC Medical Group your first choice for care.