About Robotic Hysterectomy
Learn why robotic surgery may be your best treatment option.
A wide variety of benign (non-cancerous) conditions can affect a woman’s reproductive system, which consists of the uterus, the vagina, ovaries and fallopian tubes. Most of these conditions affect the uterus, which is the hollow, muscular organ that holds a baby as it grows inside a pregnant woman.
Common types of gynecologic conditions like fibroids (non-cancerous growths in the uterine wall), endometriosis or prolapse (falling or slipping of the uterus) can cause chronic pain and heavy bleeding, as well as other disabling symptoms. Women who experience these symptoms are often treated with hysterectomy - the surgical removal of the uterus.
If your doctor recommends hysterectomy, you may be a candidate for an innovative, less invasive surgical procedure called robotic hysterectomy. This procedure uses a state-of-the-art surgical system designed to help your doctor perform the most precise and least invasive hysterectomy available today.
For most women, a robotic hysterectomy offers numerous potential benefits over traditional surgical approaches, including:
- Significantly less pain
- Less blood loss and need for transfusion
- Less risk of infection
- A shorter hospital stay
- Quicker recovery and return to normal activities
- Small incisions for minimal scarring
- Better outcomes and patient satisfaction, in many cases
How robotic-assisted surgery works:
Your surgeon is 100% in control of the robotic system. Through a high-tech control module, surgeons move miniaturized operating instruments that allow for extremely precise movements. In fact, robotic surgeons have a greater range of motion, they can see more clearly and they have better dexterity when using the system.
Though robotic surgery has been used successfully worldwide in hundreds of thousands of procedures to date, not all patients are candidates for a robotic hysterectomy. Hysterectomies can be performed by open surgery, minimally invasive surgery or robotic surgery. Be sure to discuss the benefits and risks of each surgical technique with your doctor to decide which would be best for you.