Minimally Invasive Surgery Specialist

Dr. Helen Matthews

OB-GYNs located in San Ramon, CA

Because modern medical treatments have advanced rapidly, many doctors perform gynecological surgeries with robotic technology and tiny, minimally invasive incisions. Women in the San Francisco Bay Area who need minimally invasive gynecological surgery have relied on Dr. Helen Matthews -- a board-certified OB/GYN in San Ramon, California -- for just such treatments for more than a decade. To find out if you qualify for minimally invasive surgery, call or request an appointment online today.

Minimally Invasive Surgery Q & A

What is minimally invasive gynecological surgery?

A minimally invasive surgery requires only small incisions and is often robotic-assisted. When conducting a minimally invasive, robotic-assisted procedure, Dr. Matthews utilizes a surgical robot to make only the smallest, most accurate incisions.

The surgical robot has a real-time, high-definition video attachment that projects onto a monitor in the operating room. Dr. Matthews directs the robotic surgical system to the area where she's removing tissues or restoring function.

Dr. Matthews is pleased to announce the acquisition of the da Vinci Surgical System. The da Vinci Surgical System can be used across a spectrum of minimally invasive surgical procedures and has been optimized for multi-quadrant surgeries in the area of gynecology and other surgical fields. Please refer to for Important Safety Information.


Which conditions do OB/GYNs treat with robotic-assisted surgeries?

Robotic-assisted surgeries are used to remove cancer, treat uterine fibroids or ovarian cysts, decrease symptoms of endometriosis, and treat many other gynecologic conditions.

Dr. Matthews has been offering robotic-assisted surgeries for more than a decade. Some of the procedures she can perform with robotic assistance include: 

  • Ovarian Cystectomy: Total or partial removal of ovarian cysts
  • Hysterectomy: Removal of the uterus
  • Uterosacral vaginal vault suspension: Restoration of uterine and vaginal prolapse
  • Laparoscopic Myomectomy: Removal of uterine fibroids
  • Abdominal sacrocolpopexy: Restoration of vaginal support structures


What are the benefits of minimally invasive surgery?

While all surgeries have risks, minimally invasive robotic-assisted procedures have been shown to decrease risk factors for the patient.

Furthermore, minimally invasive surgeries cause less blood loss, and the surgical wounds heal more quickly because the procedure causes less tissue damage. Less tissue damage also leads to less scarring and fewer stitches, and fewer stitches lead to a brief and comfortable recovery.

Dr. Matthews usually performs robotic-assisted surgery on an outpatient basis, which allows you to recover in your own home.

When is minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery not recommended?

Each person has unique conditions and sets of symptoms to discuss with Dr. Matthews. But typically, women who are in relatively good health and have a condition that a robotic-assisted surgery can resolve are viable candidates.

If you’ve had multiple surgeries, your scar tissue may prevent you from being a viable candidate for minimally invasive surgery. Old age and obesity increase your risk factors and may limit the viability of robotic-assisted surgery, as well.

If you’re in need of gynecological surgery, call for an appointment or request online to be seen as soon as possible.

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