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Da Vinci Robotic Surgery Specialistin Marina Del Rey

For patients seeking uterine fibroid removal, female sterilization, partial or full hysterectomy, and a myriad of other women’s health issues, the da Vinci robotics surgery system allows our doctors to perform surgery without unnecessary pain, downtime, or extensive scarring compared to older surgical methods.

At Marina OB/GYN, located in Marina Del Rey and Hawthorne, California, our providers offer the latest minimally invasive procedures such as the da Vinci surgical system. Using this approach speeds recovery time and reduces discomfort, all while offering the same highly effective results as traditional open surgery. Our da Vinci specialists have helped women facing gynecological problems throughout Marina Del Rey, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Venice, Westchester, El Segundo, Playa Vista, Culver City and the greater South Bay area.

Da Vinci Robotic Surgery Specialist Marina Del Rey

What is the da Vinci surgical system?


The da Vinci surgical system is the most technologically advanced surgical equipment in the world. The system consists of a high-definition, 3D magnified camera that provides your surgeon a crystal-clear view of your body, which they will use to conduct your surgery.

The term “robotic” often misleads people. Robots don't perform surgeries. Dr. Lipeles and Dr. Rostami perform surgeries with da Vinci by using instruments that they guide via computer console. The da Vinci surgical system gives them an advanced set of instruments to use in performing robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgeries. The tiny-wristed instruments move like a human hand, but with a greater range of motion. The size of the instruments makes it possible for the doctors of Marina OB/GYN to operate through a few small incisions.

Every hand movement Dr. Lipeles and Dr. Rostami make is translated by the da Vinci system in real time to bend and rotate the instruments with precision. The da Vinci surgical system gives your surgeon an advanced set of instruments to use in performing robotic-assisted, minimally invasive surgeries.

What are the benefits of Marina OB/GYN surgeons performing my surgery with the da Vinci system?

With the aid of the latest robot-assisted technology, the da Vinci system allows our providers to perform surgery with less discomfort for the patient, a lower surgery infection risk, and faster recovery times so our patients can resume normal activities sooner than traditional surgical methods.

According to both peer-reviewed studies and anecdotal reports from our patients, there are fewer operative and post-operative complications with da Vinci compared to surgeries performed by open means (laparotomy) or traditional straight stick laparoscopic surgeries as well.

  • Minimal pain and discomfort
  • Fewer complications
  • Less blood loss during surgery
  • Smaller scars
  • A shorter hospital stay
  • Faster recovery times

Is da Vinci an option for my surgery?

The da Vinci robotic surgery system has revolutionized the ability of surgeons around the world to perform life-changing, minimally invasive procedures. The da Vinci system is most commonly used:

  • Myomectomy (removal of fibroids)
  • Hysterectomy (removal of the uterus)
  • Cystectomy (removal of cysts, particularly cysts of the uterus)
  • Oophorectomy (removal of the ovary)
  • Salpingectomy (removal of fallopian tubes)
  • Sterilization
  • Endometriosis treatments

There are a few conditions that make you NOT a candidate for robotic surgery. Some exclusions include, but are not limited to, massively large fibroids, advanced stages of endometriosis, and suspected cancer.

In order to determine if the da Vinci surgical system is suitable for your particular medical condition, please schedule a consultation at Marina OB/GYN. If for any reason the surgeons of Marina OB/GYN feel that robotic surgery is not the safest means to treat your condition, they will discuss all the risks, benefits and alternatives to both robotic surgery and other approaches.

How experienced are the surgeons of Marina OB/GYN on the da Vinci surgical system?


Dr. Jamie Lipeles has been doing robotic surgery using da Vinci for over 7 years. Because of his robotic surgical skills, he has been asked to serve as a trainer and proctor for other surgeons that want to learn how to perform robotic surgery.

Dr. Lipeles performs robotic surgeries almost every week. With a skilled hand, years of robot-assisted surgery experience, and confidence in the operating room, our patients can rest assured that they are in the hands of a true da Vinci specialist. Dr. Lipeles is capable of making tiny robotic movements with dexterity and precision for the best patient outcomes possible.

During her medical residency, Dr. Rostami received da Vinci training with the guidance of world-renowned robotic surgeons. Dr. Rostami was fascinated with the way robotic technology has transformed traditional surgery. She gained more senior experience working with the device in an array of medical situations over this time, ultimately perfecting the procedure until the robotic tools felt like a natural extension of her own hands. Now that Dr. Rostami has 3 years of experience performing robotic surgery, watching her on the robot is like watching ballet.

Da Vinci Robotic Surgery Specialist Marina Del Rey

How long is the hospital stay after da Vinci robotic surgery?

When Dr. Lipeles and Dr. Rostami perform surgery with the da Vinci Robot, their patients rarely stay overnight in the hospital. If for some reason they need to stay in the hospital, their stay is drastically shorter than patients who had open surgery (laparotomy), traditional laparoscopic surgery, or vaginal surgery. It is extremely rare for Dr. Lipeles and Dr. Rostami to have to convert to an open surgical approach when using the robot because it is so effective.

At Marina OB/GYN, our providers understand that it is in the patient’s best interest to undergo minimally invasive procedures, such as robot-assisted surgery, because it greatly improves the patient’s surgical experience. For many patients, open surgery is a scary prospect. In addition, fear of long hospital stays and extended downtime can cause patients to put off medically necessary surgeries that hinder their health and quality of life.

By offering the da Vinci system, our providers minimize time spent in the hospital so that our patients can get back to living happier, healthier lives. Our team of medical experts is able to accomplish this while by using these tools to minimize the invasiveness of surgery.

What is the recovery like for da Vinci patients?

With da Vinci, you will only have a few tiny incisions that will be far smaller than if you had an open procedure. Because the da Vinci system is less invasive than open surgery, the recovery time is at least cut in half after robotic surgery compared to other surgical approaches for the same conditions.

Your Marina OB/GYN provider will advise you of the da Vinci surgery downtime prior to having surgery, so you can prepare better and know exactly what to expect after the procedure. The recovery time varies based on the particular surgery that is performed, the extent of that surgery, and individual healing times. No matter what procedure you have done, you can rest assured that choosing the da Vinci System will drastically improve your recovery time versus traditional surgery methods.

The da Vinci System also results in less pain and discomfort than traditional open surgery. Patients that have da Vinci surgery report lower post-op pain scores. This makes recovery considerably easier and more comfortable for the patient.

This also means the use of narcotic pain medication is much lower after robotic surgery. For patients that do not wish to have prolonged use of prescription narcotics for pain control, this is a huge benefit. Narcotics can be addictive and damaging to the body when used incorrectly, so Marina OB/GYN only prescribes them when necessary to alleviate pain.

Schedule your gynecological appointment today to learn more

To discuss more information about fibroid removal, ovarian cystectomy, or full or partial hysterectomy with the da Vinci robotic surgery system, we invite you to meet with a provider at Marina OB/GYN. Book your appointment today by calling the office or book online using the easy online scheduling system. We look forward to meeting you.