Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery: An Option for Women
Physicians are usually successful at treating a variety of gynecologic conditions – particularly those affecting the uterus – with surgery. In spite of growing demand for minimally invasive procedures, the majority of these operations are still performed using large, abdominal incisions. These surgeries typically result in significant blood loss and may mean several days in the hospital followed by weeks of recovery time.
Today, a less invasive surgical treatment option is available. If your doctor recommends gynecologic surgery, you may be a candidate for one of three minimally invasive procedures using the da Vinci® robot. This includes procedures to remove uterine fibroids (myomectomy), correct uterine and vaginal vault prolapse (sacrocolpopexy) and remove the uterus (hysterectomy).
The state-of-the-art da Vinci Surgical System is designed to help your surgeon perform a more precise, less invasive procedure. For most patients, minimally invasive procedures performed with the da Vinci Surgical System can offer numerous potential benefits over traditional surgery, including:
- Shorter hospital stay
- Less risk of infection
- Less blood loss and fewer transfusions
- Faster recovery
- Less pain and scarring
- Quicker return to normal activities
In addition, for women diagnosed with uterine fibroids, da Vinci myomectomy represents a minimally invasive surgical treatment designed to preserve the uterus.