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A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure which involves removing the uterus.  Often times, removal of the ovaries, fallopian tubes and cervix are included in this procedure depending on the condition we are treating. 

There are several different options for hysterectomy:  abdominal, vaginal, laparoscopic and the state-of-the-art Da Vinci Robotic surgery. 

Abdominal Hysterectomy:   performed by either a horizontal “bikini” or vertical incision in the abdomen.  This procedure typically involves a 2-night stay in the hospital with a 6 week post-operative recovery period.

Vaginal Hysterectomy:  Performed without the need for any abdominal incision and patients can return home after a one-night stay in the hospital.  Recovery time can range from 3-6 weeks. 

Laparoscopic Hysterectomy:  With the aid of a laparoscopic camera, the doctor can visualize the abdomen and pelvic organs through 3-4 small incisions in the abdomen.  Recovery for this type of hysterectomy is similar to a vaginal hysterectomy with an expected one-night hospital stay and 3-6 weeks post-operative recovery.   

Minimally Invasive Da Vinci Robotic Surgery:

If you plan to have a hysterectomy, ask your doctor about da Vinci Surgery.

Using the da Vinci System, your surgeon makes a few small incisions – similar to traditional laparoscopy.

The da Vinci System features a magnified 3D HD vision system and special instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand.

Da Vinci enables your doctor to operate with enhanced vision, precision and control. As a result of da Vinci technology, da Vinci Hysterectomy offers many potential benefits as compared to open surgery:

  • Reduced complication rate
  • Reduced length of hospital stay
  • Reduced blood loss and less likelihood for transfusion

As compared to traditional laparoscopy:

  • Reduced complication rate
  • Reduced length of hospital stay
  • Reduced blood loss
  • Reduced chance of procedure converting to an abdominal procedure
  • Less likelihood of blood transfusion as compared to vaginal surgery

If you find yourself requiring surgical intervention, talk to our providers to see if da Vinci robotic surgery is right for you.