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Robot-Assisted Hysterectomy: Is it Right for You?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), hysterectomy is the second most common surgery undergone by women in the U.S. However, the fact that the procedure is commonplace doesn’t make it any less worrisome for many women. Fortunately, new technologies like the da Vinci Surgical System can reduce the pain and invasiveness of a hysterectomy.

Physicians at East Valley Women’s Medical Group are committed to providing you with the best in women’s health care, which includes offering minimally invasive hysterectomies. Learn more below about da Vinci robot-assisted hysterectomy, available through physicians in Mesa and Tempe, AZ.

What is a da Vinci hysterectomy?

da Vinci Surgical Systems is a leading surgical technology company that has created advanced surgical platforms for many common procedures. The da Vinci system aids specially trained surgeons with a wide range of procedures, from cardiac to urologic and everything in between. Gynecologic surgeries are some of the most common procedures done with the da Vinci Surgical System.

This sophisticated technology is robot-assisted, which does not mean that a robot is performing the surgery or that the procedure is “automated.” A physician controls every movement and motion of the robotic devices. The da Vinci Surgical System allows the doctor to perform very precise and technical motions that are beyond the ability of the unaided human hand. See the video below for a demonstration of this system’s precision.

During a da Vinci hysterectomy, the surgeon sits just feet away from the operating table at a control center, where she guides the instruments that perform the procedure. These small grips are tremor-resistant and can modify large movements so that they are replicated on a smaller scale. The surgeon uses magnifiers to see the operating area on a 3-D viewer directly above the control station. This provides real-time information and helps to ensure accuracy.

What are the benefits of the da Vinci Surgical System?

During a traditional open hysterectomy, a woman has one large incision across her lower abdomen. One of the many advantages of the da Vinci Surgical System for hysterectomies is that a series of very small incisions substantially reduces visible scarring. These incisions are even smaller than those made in a laparoscopic hysterectomy.

Other benefits of choosing da Vinci for your hysterectomy may include:

  • Reduced time in hospital. Often, same-day discharge or a one-night stay is possible.
  • More precision in the removal of a tumor or cancerous tissue.
  • Quicker recovery.
  • Less pain.
  • Less blood loss.
  • Lower risk of infection at the surgical site.
  • Faster return to normal activities. Many patients return to work within a week.
  • Lower risk of procedure being converted to an open surgery.

Why choose a da Vinci hysterectomy?

Dr. Kothari at East Valley Women’s Medical Group may recommend hysterectomy if you suffer from:

  • Heavy menstrual flow
  • Pelvic pain
  • Fibroid tumors
  • Endometriosis
  • Cervical, ovarian or other gynecological cancer
  • Prolapse of the vagina or uterus

da Vinci hysterectomy may be preferred over other surgical approaches in patients who have an enlarged uterus due to tumors or cancer. (These factors can sometimes make a vaginal hysterectomy difficult.) da Vinci provides an viable alternative to the standard open hysterectomy usually performed under those circumstances. If your physician in the Tempe or Mesa area has discussed hysterectomy with you, you may be referred to a surgeon with East Valley Women’s Medical Center.

Are there risks with da Vinci?

Yes. As is the case with all forms of surgery, there are risks involved. Aside from the general risks of surgery and anesthesia, hysterectomies (whether da Vinci or traditional) carry the risk of urinary tract injury, separation of the vaginal incision and blockage of the lung artery. These are not common occurrences, but it is important to be educated and informed of the surgical risks. In addition, minimally invasive hysterectomies, including the da Vinci procedure, have a slight risk for hernia or bulging at the site of the incisions.

Who should consider the da Vinci procedure?

The da Vinci surgical system may be an excellent choice for patients with early stage cancer of the reproductive system and women experiencing the conditions described above. However, only your surgeon can determine the best course of action for you based on a personalized consultation.

Contact East Valley Women’s Medical Group in Tempe or Mesa AZ to speak with a staff member. Physicians are available to meet with you and decide if robot-assisted da Vinci hysterectomy is right for you.

Contact a Gynecologist in Tempe or Mesa, AZ

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Mesa, AZ – 480-632-2004
Tempe, AZ – 480-257-2777

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