What Are the Benefits of a Robotic Hysterectomy?
When you need a hysterectomy for a benign gynecologic condition, the da Vinci® procedure is the least invasive hysterectomy available. At Professionals for Women’s Health, we perform hysterectomies on women of all ages. A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of a woman's uterus. During a robotic-assisted hysterectomy, we use a computer to control the surgical instruments during your surgery in Columbus, Dublin, or Westerville, OH. This allows us to get into tiny spaces more easily and to have a better view of the operation than even laparoscopic surgery.
Why may I need a robotic hysterectomy?
At Professionals for Women’s Health, our doctors may recommend this surgery when you have a problem with your uterus that hasn’t responded to other treatments. Some common reasons we may recommend a robotic hysterectomy include:
Cancerous or noncancerous tumors
Chronic pelvic pain
Long-term abnormal uterine bleeding
Noncancerous fibroid tumors
This minimally invasive robot-assisted surgery can help resolve a variety of sexual health problems in women.
Benefits of robotic hysterectomy
There are many benefits of using a robotic hysterectomy over a more traditional surgical approach, including:
Minimal blood loss and need for transfusion
Shorter hospital stay
Significantly less pain
Small incisions, leading to minimal scarring
When you want to learn more about this type of hysterectomy, schedule an appointment at our Columbus, Dublin, or Westerville, OH office.
What happens during a robotic hysterectomy?
Your surgery is usually done using general anesthesia. A tube may be inserted in your throat to give you your anesthesia, and to help you breathe while you are asleep. You may have a catheter tube placed into your bladder to drain urine during your procedure and post-op. Surgery time can last for up to 3 – 4 hours.
We will make a few small incisions near your belly button. We will pump your stomach with gas to inflate it, so we have more room to see and work. The laparoscope is inserted into your abdomen along with other surgical instruments. Your surgeon then moves to the control area to remotely control your surgery. Your uterus is cut into small pieces that can be easily removed through these small incisions. Depending on the reason for your hysterectomy, the whole uterus may be removed or just the part above your cervix. Your fallopian tubes and ovaries may also be removed. After surgery, your incisions are closed and covered with small dressings.
What happens after a robotic hysterectomy?
After surgery, you are taken to the recovery room for monitoring as you recover from the anesthesia. Usually, you will stay in the hospital for a few days. Once you are cleared to go home, it’s important you follow all of our instructions and keep your follow-up appointments. Your incision areas should be kept dry for 2 – 3 days. Avoid heavy lifting for a few weeks or until approved by your doctor. Complete recovery can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.
Learn more about the benefits of having a robotic hysterectomy
When you need a hysterectomy, our doctors at Professionals for Women’s Health can discuss the types of surgeries available. We can also inform you of the benefits of having a robotic hysterectomy. To schedule an appointment to learn more, call our Columbus, Dublin, or Westerville, OH, offices today.