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Robotic Hysterectomy 101: Is a Robotic Hysterectomy Better?
Endometriosis is not an easy condition to deal with. From heavy bleeding and pelvic pain to painful intercourse, there are a lot of different symptoms that can significantly disrupt your life. While some women manage these difficult symptoms with medications and lifestyle changes, others may find relief from having their uterus removed altogether. If you’re considering a hysterectomy, you have options for your surgery, including a robotic hysterectomy.
If you have never heard of this procedure before, it could sound intimidating or impersonal. However, at Endometriosis Treatment Center of America, we use the state-of-the-art da Vinci robotic surgical system, which gives your surgeon unparalleled precision and control. We’re here to provide you with everything you need to know about robotic hysterectomies and the skilled surgical team behind the system.
What A Robotic Hysterectomy Is
You may already know that a hysterectomy is a type of surgery to remove your uterus and, in some cases, your cervix as well. A robotic hysterectomy is a minimally invasive way of removing your uterus. The “robotic” part of the name simply means that your surgeon is assisted by a sophisticated robotic system when performing your hysterectomy. It doesn’t mean that a robot performs the surgery.
With this approach, your doctor will remove the uterus using incredibly precise instruments that are passed through small incisions in your abdomen. The magnified, 3D view ensures greater control, flexibility, and precision, ensuring much better results from the surgery.
Reasons You May Be Advised to Have a Robotic Hysterectomy
There are a number of different conditions that can be treated with a robotic hysterectomy. We can use this procedure to treat conditions such as:
- Large uterine fibroids
- Uterine prolapse
- Gynecologic cancer
- Chronic pelvic pain that does not respond to other treatments
A robotic hysterectomy may also be recommended to treat cancer of the ovaries, cervix, or uterus. Your doctor may advise that you have a robotic hysterectomy if your condition presents challenges that would make vaginal or open abdominal hysterectomies difficult.
What Happens During a Robotic Hysterectomy
During the procedure, you will lie on your back, and you’ll be asleep under general anesthesia. Once you have been given the anesthetic, the doctor will make five small incisions and insert a slender surgical instrument through them. Your surgeon will then guide the instrument using a highly precise remote control device.
Because the instruments are so small, this computerized device gives your surgeon the stability and control to remove your uterus effectively, with less trauma to the surrounding tissues. The system allows your surgeon to maneuver in tiny spaces and have a better view than traditional hysterectomy procedures. Members of the anesthesia team will monitor your comfort and condition continually.
Benefits of a Robotic Hysterectomy
Robotic hysterectomies have many benefits when compared to traditional surgeries. This treatment is known for having fewer complications, and you can also expect less blood loss, less scarring, and less pain. You will also have a shorter stay in the hospital, and the recovery is much quicker as well when compared with the other options that are available. Further benefits include:
- Smaller incisions
- Minimally invasive procedure
- Smaller risk for infection
- A faster return to normal daily activities
- Permanent relief from unmanageable symptoms of endometriosis and other conditions
Explore Your Options with an Empathetic Team
Many women want to know if robotic surgery is better than a traditional hysterectomy. At Endometriosis Treatment Center of America, our surgical team has been highly trained in this state-of-the-art procedure, and we love to recommend it to women who would benefit from its many advantages.
If you’re wondering whether or not you would be a suitable candidate, or you would like to find out more about this procedure, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today for more information. We look forward to helping you on your journey to a pain-free life.
Endometriosis Treatment Center of America: da Vinci Robotic Surgery Specialists in Michigan
At ETCOA, we’re dedicated to providing women with access to the latest technologies and options for relieving their endometriosis pain, chronic pelvic pain, and other uncomfortable gynecologic conditions. If you are interested in speaking with an endometriosis specialist about all of your treatment options, request an appointment online today. You can also call our Lake Orion, MI, location at (248) 397-9129 or our Birmingham, MI, location at (248) 731-2155.