The da Vinci Hysterectomy Offers Women Another Surgery Option
More than 600,000 women undergo hysterectomies in the U.S. each year to treat conditions such as cancer, uncontrollable bleeding, fibroids, endometriosis, infertility, pain or uterine prolapse. Until the last few years, the surgical options were limited to a traditional abdominal hysterectomy, a laparoscopic hysterectomy and a vaginal hysterectomy.
However, the St. Elizabeth Robotic Surgery Center provides women with a fourth option: a da Vinci® Hysterectomy. The da Vinci® System offers significant benefits to both surgeon and patient. The intuitive motion of the instruments offers the surgeon greater precision and control, while the highly magnified, three-dimensional vision provides a better view of the target anatomy without requiring a larger incision.
From the patient’s perspective, the smaller (one to two centimeter) incisions needed for the instruments minimizes the pain and risks associated with large incisions, and increases the likelihood of a fast recovery and excellent patient outcomes.
Overall, a da Vinci® Hysterectomy offers several important potential benefits to patients including
• Less blood loss and scarring
• Significantly less pain
• Fewer complications and less risk of wound infection
• A shorter hospital stay with a faster return to normal daily activities.
Also, because the robotic arms pivot in a significantly smaller operating port compared to other forms of hysterectomy, the risk of tissue and nerve damage to the patient is minimized. However, as with any surgery, all benefits are patient- and procedure-specific.
Powered by state-of-the-art robotic technology, the da Vinci® Surgical System enables surgeons to perform complex surgeries through tiny surgical openings. The surgeon maintains complete control of the System, which seamlessly translating his or her movements into precise, real-time movements of the surgical instruments inside the patient. Supporting surgical team members install the correct instruments and supervise the laparoscopic arms and tools being utilized.
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