Robotic & Minimally Invasive Surgery

With more than 20 years of experience, John H. Kirk, MD, is a leader in minimally invasive and robotic gynecological surgeries. With offices in Napa, St. Helena, and Hidden Valley Lake, California, Dr. Kirk provides precise robotic and minimally invasive surgeries to repair a wide range of women’s health issues. Dr. Kirk was one of the first physicians in California to offer robotic surgery and has trained over 100 other OB/GYNs and urologists in this innovative surgical technique. If you’re looking for an expert gynecological surgeon, call Dr. Kirk or schedule a consultation online today to learn about your options.


What are minimally invasive and robotic surgeries?

Minimally invasive surgery is an innovative surgical technique that Dr. Kirk uses to perform a variety of operations without having to make a large incision in the body. Instead, he makes a couple of small incisions in the abdomen and uses a laparoscope and other specialized surgical instruments to complete the procedure. 

A laparoscope is a thin tube with a camera and a light on its tip. The device sends high-definition images and video from inside the body to a monitor in the operating room. This allows Dr. Kirk to see the organs and tissue to diagnose health problems and provide the correct treatment. 

Robotic surgery uses even more advanced technology. Instead of using manual surgical instruments, Dr. Kirk operates a robotic arm that allows even greater dexterity and precision

Why would I need a robotic minimally invasive surgery?

Dr. Kirk offers robotic and minimally invasive surgeries whenever appropriate to treat a wide range of women’s health issues, including: 

Ovarian cysts

Ovarian cysts can cause a variety of disruptive symptoms, and when nonsurgical treatments don’t resolve symptoms, Dr. Kirk might recommend a surgical procedure to remove the cysts or the ovary.


Dr. Kirk also offers robotic and minimally invasive surgeries to treat endometriosis. Using these techniques, he can remove the abnormal endometrial tissue and scars from the pelvic organs. This is an excellent option to treat endometriosis and preserve fertility. 


Dr. Kirk uses robotic and minimally invasive techniques to complete myomectomy procedures to remove uterine fibroids. This technique can maintain the integrity of the uterus and protect fertility. 

Urinary incontinence

When necessary, Dr. Kirk uses surgery to repair and add support to the pelvic floor to address the underlying cause of urinary incontinence. He can repair pelvic prolapse or implant devices to strengthen the pelvic floor. 

What are the benefits of robotic and minimally invasive surgeries?

Whether you need a hysterectomy or another operation, robotic and minimally invasive surgery provides several advantages. Recovery is usually more rapid and less painful than a traditional open surgery. Additionally, there is less blood loss, and you have a reduced risk of infection and scarring. 

If conservative treatment isn’t effectively addressing a gynecological condition, call Dr. Kirk or make an appointment online to find out if robotic and minimally invasive surgery is the best option for you.