A hysterectomy is removal of a women’s uterus. It is a common procedure done by women who have heavy periods, fibroids, severe pelvic pain, endometriosis or pre-cancerous changes in the uterus. There are several ways to perform a hysterectomy. Traditionally, it has been performed through a large incision 10-12cm in size. But now there are Minimally Invasive Techniques including laparoscopy and robotics that allow a surgeon to perform the hysterectomy through an incision the size of a dime. Why should patients have MIS (minimally invasive surgery)?
- Faster recovery (2 weeks vs 6 weeks) back to work
- Overnight in hospital vs 2 nights
- Less pain
- Smaller incisions for those who are prone to infection
- Less blood loss
- Fewer complications
Why robotic hysterectomy over traditional laparoscopy? Robotics are essentially advanced laparoscopy. The robot allows the surgeon to perform more difficult procedures. The advantages include:
- Better camera (3D with 1080 resolution)
- Surgeon can sit decreasing fatigue
- 360 degree motion with wrists compared to 180 degrees
- Smaller instruments.
Who is a good candidate for robotic hysterectomy? Almost everyone is a good candidate. It is especially good for patients who have scar tissue, overweight, or who have not had children. If you are interested in viewing a robotic hysterectomy, please click here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tcDGcHWPzY.
If you are interested in having a robotic hysterectomy, and live in Mid-Missouri, call Women’s Health Associates, Inc. at 573-443-8796 and schedule an appointment with Jennifer Roelands, M.D. To schedule an appointment with a qualified Da vinci surgeon outside of Mid-Missouri, visit http://www.davincisurgeonlocator.com/en/profile/surgeon/78740.