Technical Details of a Robot Hysterectomy

Robot Surgery

Dr. Matt Hewitt

Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

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Technical Details of a Robot Hysterectomy

The robot in the Cork University Maternity Hospital is a ‘da Vinci S’

It is for the sole use of the gynaecology department

Docking of the robot.

We use both the side dock and 'between legs' docking.

A video demonstration of side docking can be seen on youtube by clicking here 

We can now dock in less then 5 minutes (this includes movement of the patient cart to the patients side, attachment of cart to patient trochars, setting of trochar depth, insertion of instruments).








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Port sites

  • Camera port 12mm (Port 3)
  • Assistance port 12mm - suction and needle insertion (Port 4)
  • 3 da Vinci trochars. (Ports 1,2 and 5)

Instruments used for standard hysterectomy

  • Maryland grasper (Port 1 Robot arm 3)
  • Monopolar scissors (Port 2 Robot arm 1)
  • Gyrus bipolar Patient Left lower (Port 5 Robot arm 2)
  • For vault suturing we change the monopolar scissors for a needle grasper (Port 2 Robot arm 1)






Costs of hysterectomy instruments

click here to download pdf for hysterectomy cost per case 

Uterine manipulator

In this procedure a Rumi-Koh™ uterine manipulator and colpotomizer are used.

These are available from Cooper surgical ® 

da vinci robot surgery

'Between-legs' docking

 side dock

Side docking