If your provider has recommended a hysterectomy, you may be a good candidate for a minimally invasive procedure performed with a robot assisting the surgeon.
Robot-assisted surgery uses precise imaging and placement tools that allow surgeons to accomplish hysterectomies without surgically opening a large area in the patient’s abdomen during complex surgery.
Marshfield Clinic Health System physicians have performed hundreds of robotic assisted surgical procedures, including hysterectomy and gynecologic cancer, using the da Vinci® system.
The benefits of minimally invasive surgery includes:
- Shorter hospital stays – usually about 24 hours compared to several days with traditional procedures
- Quicker recovery – patients are often back to their normal routine in fewer than three weeks
- Less blood loss
- Less pain
- Fewer complications
Please note that the robot does not perform the surgery. Your provider performs the surgery using a robotic tool that is less invasive than normal procedures.
Not every patient is a candidate for robotic surgery. However, your provider can determine if robot-assisted surgery is a good solution for your health condition. It’s important to talk to your provider to get the treatment that works best for you.
Common symptoms to talk to your provider about include:
- Painful periods
- Heavy periods
- Pain with intercourse
- Pelvic pressure/fullness
- Pain or issues with bowel function
- Urinary urgency