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IS ROBOTIC HYSTERECTOMY RIGHT FOR YOU? Information from Jen Roelands, M.D. October 17, 2012

Filed under: Gynecological Surgery — womenshealthassociatesblog @ 6:39 pm
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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.