The hysterectomy procedure is a surgical operation in which a woman’s uterus is removed from the body. This is a relatively common procedure for women as nearly 600,000 operations of this kind are performed each day. Women have this operation performed for a variety of reasons, at various stages of life. In many cases, this procedure is performed on High Desert women who are entering menopause and experiencing heavy menstrual bleeding, pain, pelvic pressure or severe bloating. The hysterectomy is also performed as a treatment method for endometriosis. Traditionally, this procedure was performed utilizing an open technique, but the da Vinci® Robotic Surgery system now offers patients a minimally invasive option. The da Vinci hysterectomy is increasing in popularity each year.

What are the Benefits of the da Vinci® Hysterectomy?

There are many benefits associated with the da Vinci hysterectomy procedure. First and foremost, patients will find that the recovery period is significantly easier after having this procedure performed. Smaller incisions are made in order to perform the procedure, so there is less scarring after the fact. There are fewer risks associated with this procedure as well as the danger of damaging other organs is minimized greatly as is the risk of blood loss.

What are the Advantages of this Technique?

OBGYN surgeons across the country are finding that there are many advantages to working with this system. Specialized instruments are used in combination with the robotic assistant, allowing the surgeon more flexibility and greater precision when operating on the patient. The 3D vision system and magnified cameras give the surgeon the best vantage point available, one that is even better than that of the naked human eye. Finally, this system is more comfortable for the surgeon and can reduce fatigue for the surgeon as well as reduce the natural hand tremor of the human hand.

How is the da Vinci® Hysterectomy Performed?

The surgeon utilizes the da Vinci® Robotic Surgery system in order to perform this surgery. The robotic assistant is equipped with specialized instruments that are designed to fit in the smallest incisions and can make movements that cannot be made by human hands. Tiny incisions are made around the area of the uterus, and the robotic assistant helps to remove the uterus during this operation. The surgeon is in control the entire time and works out of the 3D vision system. The robotic surgery assistant only operates at the command of the surgeon and cannot make any movements on its own.

Obstetrics and gynecology experts across the country are realizing that the da Vinci® Robotic Surgery system provides them with an endless amount of options for minimally-invasive procedures. With this option available, many patients have found it easier to make a decision about having a major procedure such as the hysterectomy performed. Women who are interested in learning more about their options for minimally-invasive surgical procedures should set up an appointment with their OB/GYN as soon as possible.