While no woman wants to face surgery, today the vast majority of gynecologic conditions can now be treated effectively without a big incision and shorter recovery time. Robotic assisted surgery requires only a few small incisions, so you can get back to life faster – within days rather than the usual weeks required with traditional open abdominal surgery.
Robotic assisted surgery offers a minimally invasive option with all the impact of an open procedure for certain surgeries including urology, gynecology and cardiothoracic surgery.
At the cutting edge of robotic technology, the da Vinci Robotic Surgical Systems gives surgeons better images with three dimensional, true to life pictures in crisp detail. With this degree of accuracy, surgeons can operate in relatively confined spaces with significantly increased visualization and precision. These surgical instruments are designed to precisely mimic motions of the human hand and wrist.
Minimally invasive robotic gynecologic procedures include hysterectomy, sacrocolpopexy, ovarian cystectomy, and salpingo-oopherectomy (bilateral and unilateral). The most common is hysterectomy. If you are considering or your doctor has recommended a hysterectomy, you are not alone – one in three women in the U.S. will have a hysterectomy before turning 60. However, new technology like the da Vinci Surgical System has made the traditional hysterectomies a thing of the past. The traditional abdominal hysterectomies are performed with open surgery, which requires a wide incision below the navel. This procedure can be painful, involving heavy medications, risk of infection and significant blood loss. After surgery, a recovery of at least 6 weeks is necessary. In addition, many patients are not happy with the scar left by the incision of a traditional abdominal hysterectomy.
Since minimally invasive surgeries require only tiny openings for instruments, patients leave the hospital without large, traumatic incisions. There are many other benefits as well: Minimally invasive entry points, smaller incisions, shorter hospital stay, tiny scars, decreased risk of infection, less scarring and blood clots, faster recovery time, speedier return to daily activities and in many cases, better clinical outcomes.
As you can see a minimally invasive robotic surgery will have you getting back to life much faster. As a woman, I understand those benefits and educate my patients to the best of my knowledge. If I am personally faced with having a hysterectomy, I will definitely choose the minimally invasive option.
Grace Gibbs, D.O., F.A.C.O.O.G.
Lexington Women’s Health