What You Need to Know About Robotic Hysterectomy

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What is a robotic hysterectomy?

Robotic hysterectomy is a minimally invasive advanced laparoscopic surgery employing state-of-the-art robot technology and magnified 3-D vision to remove a woman’s uterus. The da Vinci robotic micro-instruments translate the precise movements of the surgeons’ hands while filtering out even the slightest tremors. High-definition scaled 3-D imaging allows for optimum viewing and manipulation of sensitive nerves and tissues.

In robotic-assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy, the surgeon uses a computer to control the surgical instruments, allowing the surgeon to control the robot's movements steadily and precisely. This lets him or her get into tiny spaces more easily and have a better view of the operation than with conventional laparoscopic surgery. This procedure continues to be researched to improve the technique.

What is the procedure’s advantage over a traditional hysterectomy?

The advantages of a robotic hysterectomy are:

  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Less pain, blood loss and scarring
  • Quick return to regular activities
  • Fewer infections and other post-surgery complications

What is the recovery time?

The recovery time for this procedure can be as short as six days to two weeks.

Do I prepare for a robotic hysterectomy the same way I would prepare for a traditional surgery?

The day of surgery, surgeons require a physical exam to ensure patients’ general health is well enough to be put under. This may also include ordering tests, such as blood tests, a chest X-ray, or an electrocardiogram (ECG). Be sure to tell your surgeon about any medications you take at home, including herbal supplements and other over-the-counter medications. You may be told to stop taking aspirin or other medications that thins your blood and could lead to increased bleeding.

How do I know if a robotic hysterectomy is right for me?

Talking to your doctor about your condition and how to achieve optimal health and recovery time is the best way to determine if a robotic hysterectomy is best option.

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