Removal of the Uterus (Robotic Hysterectomy)
If you are undergoing a hysterectomy, you may be a candidate for a robotic hysterectomy. A robotic hysterectomy using the da Vinci® Surgical System requires only a few small incisions and allows for unmatched precision and control, making it one of the most effective and least invasive treatments for a range of uterine conditions.
For most patients, a robotic hysterectomy offers numerous potential benefits over traditional approaches to vaginal, laparoscopic or open abdominal hysterectomy. Robotic hysterectomy is particularly beneficial for more complex procedures such as a radical hysterectomy for gynecologic cancer.
Potential benefits include:
- Significantly less pain
- Less blood loss
- Fewer complications
- Less scarring
- A shorter hospital stay
- A faster return to normal daily activities
Compared to traditional open or minimally invasive approaches, the da Vinci provides a superior surgical tool for dissecting and removing lymph nodes during cancer operations. 1 A da Vinci hysterectomy also allows for better visualization of the surgical site, which is especially critical when working around delicate and confined structures like the bladder. It also gives surgeons a distinct advantage when performing a complex, radical hysterectomy involving adhesions from prior pelvic surgery or non-localized cancer, or an abdominal hysterectomy. 2
As with any surgery, the benefits of robotic surgery are both patient- and procedure-specific. Radical and abdominal hysterectomies performed with the da Vinci Surgical System are both considered safe and effective, but may not be appropriate for everyone. We will work with you and your primary care physician to determine the best treatment option for you, and ensure that you understand the benefits and risks of each.
For more information about robotic gynecologic surgery at Rochester General Hospital, please contact us at any time at 585.922.
1. Boggess JF. da Vinci® Hysterectomy for Endometrial Cancer with Staging. Presented at ISI WWSSM 1/06. 871391_rev B_dVH Endometrial Cancer Presentation
2. UNC Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology Health & Healing in the Triangle Vol 8 No 3 pp 22-23.