Walk-in Appointments: Monday-Wednesday with Barbara Howard, WHNP FROM 1-3 PM

Robotic Surgery Specialist

Austin Springs Women's Health

OBGYNs located in Austin, TX

More than 3 million people worldwide have reaped the benefits of robotic surgery with the da Vinci® Surgical System. At Austin Springs Women's Health in Austin, Texas, MD, Martha Schmitz, MD, and Barbara Howard, WHNP-BC, offer minimally invasive procedures to treat a number of conditions, so you stay more comfortable than with conventional surgical techniques. The da Vinci system also gives your surgeon more precise control in surgery, so you get a better outcome. Schedule a consultation online or by phone to learn more.

Robotic Surgery Q & A

What is robotic surgery with the da Vinci® Surgical System?

The da Vinci® Surgical System, a state-of-the-art working station, lets Austin Springs Women's Health perform minimally invasive gynecological surgery, treating conditions like:

  • Severe pelvic pain
  • Abnormal or very heavy uterine bleeding
  • Fibroids
  • Cancer

Highlights of the system include a magnified vision system that gives your provider 3D and high definition views inside your body during a procedure, and wristed instruments they power with robotic technology.

The instruments move inside your body like a surgeon’s hand, but they bend and rotate more effectively than a human hand, adding to the control and precision.

What can robotic surgery with the da Vinci system be used for?

Using a few small incisions, your provider inserts a laparoscope, a tiny tube equipped with a camera and a light, into your body. The images it sends back to a monitor guide their movements with the da Vinci system’s robotic technology.

Austin Springs Women's Health uses the system for common minimally invasive gynecological procedures, including:


The surgical removal of the uterus treats conditions like chronic pelvic pain, abnormal uterine bleeding, uterine fibroids, or gynecological cancer.

Endometriosis resection

This surgery helps preserve the uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries for women hoping to maintain fertility. It can also be used to treat mild forms of gynecological diseases.


A myomectomy is the surgical removal of uterine fibroids. The difference between this and a hysterectomy, both of which treat uterine fibroids, is that a myomectomy allows women to maintain their fertility.


A sacrocolpopexy is a surgical technique to repair pelvic organ prolapse, which occurs when your pelvic organs get weak or stretched and drop from their original positions.

What are the benefits of robotic surgery?

All of the innovations of robotic surgery with the da Vinci system make minimally invasive procedures more convenient and effective than ever before. Some of the key benefits it provides include:

  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less blood loss
  • Fewer complications
  • Fewer blood transfusions
  • Less need for narcotics after the surgery

To learn more about robotic surgery with the da Vinci system, schedule a consultation online or by calling the office today.