New da Vinci Hysterectomy
An innovative option for quicker recovery after Hysterectomy.
Many woman already have anxiety or dread surrounding a hysterectomy. Not only is it a surgical procedure, but for some women, it also can be an emotional experience. On top of that, spending a few months recuperating isn’t ideal when you are trying to get back to your regular routine. You may be anxious to get back to work or keep up with a house full of kids or grandkids.
Thanks to innovative technology, there is now an option for women who want to minimize discomfort and recovery time following a hysterectomy. Our physicians at miVIP utilize advances in robotics for a minimally invasive procedure. A da Vinci hysterectomy enables women to have the surgery without the extensive aftermath.
How does a da Vinci Hysterectomy work?
Our surgeons will also work with you one-on-one to determine your candidacy for the procedure. While the da Vinci method is a wonderful option for many women, there are some people who are not eligible for the procedure. For example, women who have had prior surgery to their reproductive organs typically are not good candidates, as scar tissue can affect the outcome of your hysterectomy. Additionally, patients who have bleeding disorders or advanced heart disease should discuss those factors with their physician.
Women who are good candidates for da Vinci hysterectomy include:
- Patients with disease of the uterus and cervix
- Patients with menstrual problems or chronic pelvic pain
- Patients severe vaginal bleeding
- Patients with uterine fibroids, endometriosis or prolapsed uterus
- Patients with cervical or uterine cancer
A traditional hysterectomy involves a long, 6- to 12-inch incision along the abdomen, causing trauma to the skin and connective tissue. A robotic hysterectomy utilizes only four small 1 to 2-centimeter incisions, which are easy to close with dissolvable sutures or surgical glue. There are a number of advantages to choosing a da Vinci procedure:
- Smaller incisions mean a substantially less painful recovery
- A minimally invasive procedure means less blood loss compared to laparoscopic and open procedures
- Minimal risk for the need of a blood transfusion
- Complications and wound infections are rare
- There is a more precise removal of cancerous tissue
- Minimal scarring
During a robotic hysterectomy, a surgeon is in control of the da Vinci system, which translates the doctor’s hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments working inside your body. Surgery time is typically a few hours for simple procedures, though may be longer for more complex situations.
The Surgeons at miVIP
More than 1.5 million da Vinci surgeries have been performed successfully across the country. Our miVIP surgeons are all board-certified, making them highly qualified to take care of your needs. We understand that a hysterectomy can be an emotional procedure for any woman, and our surgeons will take the time to address any concerns or issues you may have prior to the surgery.
Thanks to advances in robotic surgeries, recovery time for a da Vinci hysterectomy is minimal. Immediately following the procedure, you may spend a few hours in a post-surgery recovery unit. Our physicians will encourage you to walk and eat regular foods. While many patients do not need medication for pain, they will be available should you need them. Most patients can go home the same day of their surgery and do not require an overnight stay.
You may be able to resume most of your regular activity within days of your procedure. Compared with an open hysterectomy, you also may be able to resume exercise much quicker. Many women find this appealing, as working out can be a mood-booster, helping with any post-operation emotional issues you may experience. It is also possible in the days following your surgery that you may experience:
- Minor bloating and gas
- Some discomfort
- Increased fatigue
Cost of Surgery
Your expenses for a da Vinci hysterectomy surgery will largely depend on your insurance provider. Consult with your carrier about the procedure to determine what is covered. Our representatives will be happy to assist you with the process.
Long-term effects and other information.
For women who need a hysterectomy due to uterine or ovarian cancer, a da Vinci procedure can be especially beneficial, as there is less overlap between healing from the surgery and the side effects of chemotherapy or radiation.
While many people choose a laparoscopic procedure, a robotic hysterectomy offers a better chance of avoiding an open hysterectomy. Some people are not eligible for laparoscopy, and at times, surgeons do not realize this until they have already begun the procedure, having to then convert to an open surgery. In fact, one in five procedures for non-cancerous conditions that begin as laparoscopic surgery result in open procedures, whereas that number is as low as four out of every 100 for robotic procedures.
For many women, a robotic hysterectomy is a solution to serious problems and means a much quicker recovery time over other options. Call our miVIP team to schedule your consultation today: 855-496-4847.