Denver Reproductive Doctor A Cut Above The Rest In Robotic Surgery Competency

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Dr. Susan Trout, a physician at Colorado Reproductive Endocrinology, has been awarded a distinction for her expertise in using minimally invasive robotic surgery to treat infertility. Trout is the only reproductive doctor in the Denver area with this level of competency in robotic surgical techniques.

Intuitive Surgical, makers of the da Vinci Surgical System, has announced that Colorado Reproductive Endocrinology Doctor Susan Trout is being commended for her expertise in using minimally invasive robotic surgery to treat women’s health and reproductive issues. Trout is the only reproductive endocrinologist in Denver to be given such a distinction.
This recognition is only given to doctors who have completed extensive training with the da Vinci robot, along with demonstrating advanced surgical skills and completing a large number of robotic surgical procedures.

“This technology is changing the face of surgery, and soon it will become the new norm,” Trout said. “As a doctor, I always try to embrace anything that will make life easier for our patients.”
Dr. Diane Woodford, reproductive endocrinologist and practice partner at CRE said robotic surgery is, “a major leap in technology for our patients’ wellness. It is the perhaps the biggest advancement in surgery in decades.”

To use the da Vinci robot, a doctor sits at a console and looks through magnified lenses while operating foot, hand and thumb controls which manipulate tiny, ultra-precise instruments that perform the surgery on the patient.

“The robot doesn’t do anything our hands aren’t controlling,” Woodford said. “It is precise and extremely comfortable to use which is a big advantage. We always prefer to send patients home to recover after surgery instead of having them spend the night in the hospital, minimally invasive surgery helps us do just that.”

The advantage of having an operation with the da Vinci robot is that patients can avoid more invasive open surgical techniques in favor of minimally invasive ones. This can mean shorter recovery times and less pain or scarring.

Shelby Burnette, a patient of Trout who underwent a tubal ligation reversal when she decided to have a third child at age 40 said, “I did a lot of online research about how they do robotic surgery and everything out there seemed to indicate that you had a better recovery time. I was encouraged by that. Once I got into the recovery room and everything was fine, they sent me right on my way home.”

According to the Los Angeles Times, use of the da Vinci system has “quadrupled in the last four years, and the machine now helps with incisions and sutures in 2,000 hospitals around the world.”

“I had my son October 14th,” Burnette adds. “We call him the miracle baby because really it was kind of against all odds.”

Led by doctors Susan Trout LINK( and Diane Woodford LINK(, along with CRE’s multidisciplinary team, Colorado Reproductive Endocrinology has provided personal, individualized care to thousands of couples in Denver and along the Colorado Front Range. The CRE lab, operated by embryologist Jonathan Van Blerkom PhD, was once named by U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation’s top-ten laboratories dealing with advanced reproductive technologies. For more information, contact Colorado Reproductive Endocrinology at 303-321-7115, or visit our website at


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