Hysterectomy, a procedure to remove a woman’s uterus, is traditionally performed by open surgery through a large incision. Laparoscopic surgery is one minimally invasive alternative to open surgery. In laparoscopic hysterectomy, the surgery is done through a few small incisions in the abdomen or, in some cases, one small incision.
For laparoscopic procedures, surgeons use long-handled instruments and, to guide them as they operate, a very small camera that sends images from inside the body to a video monitor.
Now, minimally invasive hysterectomy can be performed using the da Vinci Surgical System, which uses the latest advancements in robotics and computer technology to remove the uterus.
Like laparoscopic surgery, a da Vinci hysterectomy can be performed through a few small abdominal incisions or, for some patients, one small incision in the belly button. When only one incision is used with the da Vinci, the procedure is called Single-Site surgery.
Learn more in this video about your treatment options, including da Vinci surgery and its potential benefits.
A number of medical conditions might lead your health care provider to recommend you have a hysterectomy. Those conditions can include:
Comparison of hysterectomy surgery incisions: open surgery (left), laparoscopic surgery (center) and da Vinci Single-Site surgery (right). Note: Single-Site surgery may not be suitable for all patients and conditions; however, other da Vinci surgery approaches are available that may be. Talk to your doctor.
The da Vinci system features a magnified 3D high-definition video system and flexible instruments, which enable doctors to operate with enhanced vision and precision. It works by translating your doctor’s hand movements into the smaller, more accurate movements of these tiny instruments inside your body.
Compared to traditional hysterectomy, the very small incisions created by da Vinci robotic surgery can greatly reduce time in the hospital and reduce recovery times, allowing patients to return to their daily routines faster.
Hysterectomy using da Vinci also offers several other potential benefits, such as:
That’s a question to ask your doctor. Clinical studies suggest da Vinci surgery is effective for hysterectomy. Since individual results may vary, it’s important to discuss your treatment and surgical options, as well as the risks and benefits of each, with your health care provider.
Hysterectomies performed using da Vinci – including Single-Site surgery – are offered at Holston Valley Medical Center and Bristol Regional Medical Center.
If you're looking for more information or have questions about minimally invasive da Vinci robotic surgery,
please contact us or speak to your primary care provider or a da Vinci-trained surgeon.
Hysterectomy procedures with the da Vinci Surgery System are offered near you.
Very small surgical instruments used with the da Vinci system help make minimally invasive procedures possible. Da Vinci translates your doctor’s hand movements into the smaller, more precise movements of these instruments inside your body.
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