Hysterectomy is a surgical procedure that removes a woman’s uterus and is the second most common surgery among women in the United States of America. In fact, one in three women in this country will have a hysterectomy before they reach 60 years of age.
There are a number of reasons why your doctor may recommend a hysterectomy, including cancer, fibroids, endometriosis when other treatments have not helped, chronic pelvic pain or abnormal vaginal bleeding.
Hysterectomies can be done through traditional abdominal surgery, through laparoscopic surgery or robotically with the da Vinci Robot. The majority of gynecologic conditions that can lead to hysterectomy can now be treated effectively without a big incision. With the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System, a hysterectomy requires only a few small incisions.
The da Vinci Robot allows doctors to perform precise, minimally invasive hysterectomies that offer many potential benefits over traditional open surgery for most women, including:
- Significantly less pain
- Minimal blood loss and reduced need for transfusion
- Fewer complications
- Shorter hospital stays
- Quicker recovery and return to normal activities
- Small incisions for minimal scarring
- Better outcomes and greater patient satisfaction
While clinical studies support the effectiveness of the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System when used in minimally invasive surgery, individual results may vary. Surgery with the da Vinci Robot may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.