Robotic Surgery

The most advanced surgery available, led by the OBGYN experts who performed it first in Wisconsin. Robotic surgery can get you back home the next day, even the same day, with far less pain and an incision that only requires a bandage.

35 minutes. That’s how long it takes Dr. Coussons to perform a robotic-assisted hysterectomy. It’s also 55 minutes less than the national average. Less time. Less pain. Less bleeding. It all adds up to faster recovery.

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Women’s Specialty Care has performed over 600 robotic surgeries since Dr. Cousson’s breakthrough procedure, helping women of all ages move past the discomfort and disruption in their lives.

Why it’s better: Standard laparoscopies utilize larger, clumsier equipment and do not offer nearly as in-depth a visual. The da Vinci® surgical robot offers two scopes with 3D color visioning plus more nimble movement. As a result, there are significantly fewer complications, a smaller risk of infection and a trivial amount of blood loss.

Better outcomes:

  • Smaller incisions, often less than an inch, requiring only a bandage to close the wound.
  • Shorter hospital stays – most patients go home the next day, or even the same day. Open surgery usually requires more than three days in the hospital.
  • Faster recovery, with many women returning to most normal activities within two to four weeks.
  • Less pain and bleeding, given the surgeon is better able to maneuver the instruments to minimize unnecessary damage.
  • Less risk of infection.

Safer, more effective procedures:

Hysterectomies, or the removal of the uterus and sometimes ovaries/fallopian tubes. Despite the advantages of robotic-assisted minimally invasive hysterectomy, a staggering 60 percent of procedures are still performed using open surgery. If you have been recommended to undergo an abdominal hysterectomy, seek a second opinion from robotically trained surgeons, Dr. Coussons and Dr. O’Toole.

Myomectomies, or the removal of fibroids from the uterus. With daVinci®  myomectomy, trauma is minimized to surrounding tissue with better reconstruction of the uterine wall, which helps to preserve fertility. In the past myomectomy was not a good choice for menopausal women. Now it is possible to maintain the uterus even when childbearing is completed.

Endometriosis resections, or the removal of endometrial implants from the pelvis to help alleviate pain and treat infertility. A specialized laser completely removes implants and scar tissue, instead of merely burning or cauterizing them. Without the enhanced views of daVinci®, standard laparoscopic surgery can leave behind up to 30% to 40% of the endometrial implants.

Minimally invasive sling surgery, to insert a mesh sling for the treatment of uterine prolapse. Women can expect much less scarring and pain, with a shorter hospital stay and quicker return to regular activities.

Scheduling: Appointments, exams, ultrasounds and simple procedures will take place at our Women’s Specialty Care offices. Dr. Coussons and Dr. O’Toole perform more advanced procedures at Bellin Health.

Single-Incision Hysterectomy

One tiny incision hidden in the curve of your belly button takes so much of the pain, anxiety and recovery time away.

Hysterectomies are performed to alleviate a number of conditions, including chronic pelvic pain and heavy bleeding. Whereas traditional abdominal surgeries often required women to recover in the hospital for days, single-incision hysterectomies get you home the next day, sometimes even the same day. With much less discomfort and zero trace of a scar.

  • Maximum cosmetic benefits.
  • Unmatched precision.
  • Less bleeding, less risk of infection.
  • Only one incision to heal as opposed to three.

If you’ve been recommended to undergo a traditional abdominal hysterectomy, contact Dr. Coussons and Dr. O’Toole for a second opinion at 920.338.6868.

Herb Coussons, MD, FACOG, is a national leader in gynecologic surgery using the da Vinci® Surgical system. Dr. Coussons was the first to perform da Vinci® gynecologic procedures in Wisconsin, in 2005 and among the first in the nation.

Dr. Coussons teaches surgeons across the United States how to operate using the da Vinci® , conducting extensive training both in Green Bay and in hospitals throughout the country. He has performed over 500 davinci cases and proctored over 150 more. He devotes time to speaking nationally on the topic of minimally invasive surgery and is a medical director of CAVA robotics.

Because of the many advantages offered by da Vinci® surgery, Dr. Coussons is committed to ensuring that women nationwide have access to this technology.

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Green Bay, WI 54311
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Green Bay, WI 54301
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Appleton, WI 54913
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Marinette, WI 54143
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