What is a Robotic Hysterectomy?
If you are facing a hysterectomy for a benign gynecologic condition, the da Vinci® procedure may be an option for you. This procedure is the least invasive hysterectomy available. For most women, da Vinci® robotic hysterectomy offers numerous potential benefits over traditional open surgery, including:
- Significantly less pain
- Minimal blood loss and need for transfusion
- Fewer complications
- Shorter hospital stay
- Quicker recovery and return to normal activities
- Small incisions for minimal scarring
- Better outcomes and patient satisfaction, in many cases
At Professionals for Women's Health, our staff is highly trained in performing robotic hysterectomies in order to safely remove benign growths from the uterus. If you would like to discuss this option with your provider, please schedule a consultation with a member of our staff at our facility in Columbus, OH, today.
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Am I a Candidate for a Robotic Hysterectomy?
Typically, women might need a hysterectomy if they have uterine fibroids, endometriosis, uterine prolapse, abnormal vaginal bleeding, or cancer in their uterus, cervix, or ovaries. However, some patients may not be an ideal fit for a traditional hysterectomy, depending on their medical history, such as if they have surgical scars or other irregularities within their pelvic organs. In these cases, and in many others, we recommend for women to receive a robotic hysterectomy.
How Does Robotic Hysterectomy Work?
Before the procedure can begin, we'll ask the patient to lie down comfortably on their back in a similar position to when they receive a Pap test. In some cases, a urinary catheter may be used to ensure the bladder is completely empty. At this point, a member of our team will sterilize the area, and we'll provide the patient with an appropriate dose of anesthetic. Once it begins to take effect, the surgeon will make five small incisions into the abdomen, which are about the size of a fingertip. We will then use these incisions in order to insert our surgical equipment.
The surgeon will sit at the nearby da Vinci console, where they can see inside the body and control the equipment remotely. This gives them 3D views that are magnified 10x larger than what the human eye is capable of seeing, ensuring the utmost accuracy throughout the procedure. The equipment itself moves just like a human hand, though it has a greater range of motion and builtin-in tremor filtration to ensure all movements are completely smooth.
What to Expect After A Robotic Hysterectomy
Professionals for Women's Health will provide post-operative instructions for recovery, which may include information about medications and incision care. We'll also schedule a follow-up appointment to check on your progress and make everything is healing properly. Avoid strenuous workouts and set aside time to rest for the first few days following your robotic hysterectomy. Most patients are able to return to their normal routine within a short period.
Robotic Hysterectomy FAQ
Is a robotic hysterectomy better than a traditional one?
Generally, robotic hysterectomies are considered to be superior to traditional techniques. This is due to many factors, including smaller incision sizes, less pain, shorter hospital stays, and easier recovery periods.
Is a robotic hysterectomy painful?
There may be some mild to moderate pain in the weeks following the procedure. However, none of this should be severe. It's not uncommon during this time to experience some light vaginal bleeding. Patients can start walking again the day after the surgery and will be able to return to work and the rest of their usual daily activities within about 3 – 4 weeks.
How long does it take to perform a robotic hysterectomy?
The procedure itself can last anywhere from 1 – 4 hours, depending on a number of factors. This can vary due to the speed of the surgeon, the complexity of the situation, and any issues that may arise during the surgery.
A Safe, Precise Option for Hysterectomy
While traditional hysterectomy surgery has been fairly effective throughout its history, robotic hysterectomy with da Vinci technology simply offers a level of accuracy and control that cannot be achieved through these conventional means. If you have benign vaginal conditions that need to be removed, the team at Professionals for Women's Health is highly experienced in utilizing these revolutionary, new techniques in order to benefit our patients. Contact us to set up an appointment in Columbus, OH today.
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