A wide variety of benign (non-cancerous) conditions can affect a woman’s reproductive system, which consists of the uterus, vagina, ovaries and fallopian tubes. Most of these conditions affect the uterus, which is the hollow, fist-sized organ that holds a baby during pregnancy.
Common benign gynecologic conditions like fibroids (growths in and/or around the uterus), endometriosis (uterine lining growing outside the uterus), adenomyosis (uterine lining grows into the wall of the uterus), or pelvic prolapse (slipping of the uterus, vagina and/or bladder) can cause pain, heavy bleeding and other mild to severe symptoms.
Women who experience severe symptoms are often treated with hysterectomy - the surgical removal of the uterus. An estimated one third of all U.S. women will have a hysterectomy by age 60.1 While this figure is lower in many other countries, it is still a common surgical procedure worldwide. Fortunately, there are more options about how a hysterectomy is performed today than ever before.
There are several ways doctors can remove your uterus. Hysterectomy can be performed by removing the uterus through the vagina. Recovery can take 3 to 4 weeks.2 However, when the uterus is large, you have internal scarring (also called adhesions) from a prior surgery or other gynecologic conditions, and doctors often perform an abdominal hysterectomy.
Abdominal hysterectomy is performed with open surgery which requires a large incision below the navel. The main drawbacks of abdominal or open hysterectomy are: the large incision, pain and resulting strong pain medication, greater risk of complications and an average recovery of 4-6 weeks.2
Hysterectomy can also be performed laparoscopically. This means the surgeon operates through a few small incisions in the abdomen.
The uterus is removed in this minimally invasive fashion using special instruments. One of the instruments is an endoscope – a narrow tube with a tiny camera. It allows the surgeon to see inside your body on a 2D monitor.
Laparoscopic hysterectomy can be challenging during complex procedures because of the long-handled, rigid instruments.
If your doctor recommends hysterectomy, you may be a candidate for minimally invasive da Vinci Hysterectomy. Using state-of-the-art technology, da Vinci Hysterectomy requires only a few tiny incisions so you can get back to your life. da Vinci enables surgeons to perform this delicate operation with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control.
da Vinci Hysterectomy offers women many potential benefits over traditional open surgery, including:
da Vinci Hysterectomy offers women many potential benefits over traditional laparoscopy, including:
As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed since surgery is unique to each patient and procedure.
At Saint Alphonsus, we have the region's most experienced and skilled surgeons who utilize the innovative daVinci robotic surgery system to perform minimally invasive procedures such as prostatectomy, hysterectomy and certain forms of general surgery.
One of the benefits of the daVinci Robotic Surgery program is the experience of medical staff. The daVinci robotic-assisted surgical team continues to excel through this advanced technology and consistently maintains its position as the most experienced and highly-skilled surgeons in our area. Few hospitals can claim to offer the level of experience we have with the da Vinci robotic-assisted surgical system.
It’s simple really; both patients and surgeons get what they are looking for. Surgeons operate with greater precision. Patients benefit from shorter hospital stays, less pain, less blood loss, less scarring, a faster recovery and quicker return to normal activities.
To learn more about how daVinci robotic surgery could benefit you call 877-401-DOCS (3627).