Westdeutsches Robotikzentrum


Robotic Surgery in the Gynaecology

Gentle gynaecological surgery is sought after. For about 20 years, you can observe a continuous evolution taking place; from highly invasive surgical techniques such as the classic abdominal incision, towards less burdensome interventions, so-called minimally invasive surgery, involving one centimetre incisions.

The development of this method of operation is in the computer-assisted precision surgery, a.k.a. “Robotic Surgery”. The da Vinci® surgical robot allows a three-dimensional view and almost unlimited mobility of the instruments. So the surgeon can operate optimally, even under difficult operating conditions. Robotically assisted surgery is suitable for interventions such as hysterectomies, removal of uterine fibroids or the treatment of endometriosis. In many cases, a burdensome operation with an abdominal incision can be avoided.

This method is the method of choice, particularly in obese and other medical risk patients.

Long-Term Experience

Under the leadership of University Prof. Dr. med. Dr. med. habil. Klaus Rainer Kimmig, Director of the Women’s Clinic at the Essen University Hospital, the West German Robotic Surgery Center Essen was founded. He is an expert for robotic surgery in gynaecology.

In Essen, operating with the da Vinci® surgical robot has been carried out since 2010. Currently at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, approximately 200 patients per year are operated on using the “da Vinci®”. This makes the WRZE at the Gynaecology Department of the Essen University Hospital the center with the most experience in Germany and also the leader in the minimally invasive treatment of benign and malignant diseases using “Robotic Surgery”.

The Team

Prof. Kimmig is now invited throughout Europe to lecture, train new centres and perform live operations. In the WRZE, a specially trained and long-term skilled team of gynaecologists, anaesthetists and operating room nurses assist him. Only in a positive team atmosphere does true excellence come alive. In particular, a special mention goes out to the team of “robotic nurses” under the direction of Sr. Heike Bieger. The team of anaesthesia is guided by Senior Physician Dr. Anke Höfert. The operator are also here to assist you: Senior Physician Dr. Peter Rusch.