There are many reasons a woman may need a hysterectomy, including cancer of the uterus, cervix or ovaries, chronic pelvic pain and childbirth complications. Franciscan Health offers minimally invasive hysterectomy.
When medication and other treatments are unable to relieve symptoms, a hysterectomy - the surgical removal of the uterus - is often recommended as a definitive solution for some gynecological conditions. In fact, this procedure is the second most common surgical procedure for women in the United States.
If your doctor recommends a hysterectomy, you may be a candidate for the da Vinci® Hysterectomy, one of the most effective, least invasive treatment options for a range of uterine conditions. A da Vinci® Hysterectomy is performed using the da Vinci® Surgical System, which enables surgeons to perform with unmatched precision and control – using only a few small incisions.
For most patients, a da Vinci® Hysterectomy can offer numerous potential benefits over traditional approaches to vaginal, laparoscopic or open abdominal hysterectomy, particularly when performing more challenging procedures like radical hysterectomy for gynecologic cancer.
Potential benefits of a da Vinci® Hysterectomy include:
Moreover, da Vinci® provides the surgeon with a superior surgical tool for dissection and removal of lymph nodes during cancer operations, as compared to traditional open or minimally invasive approaches. A da Vinci® Hysterectomy also allows your surgeon better visualization of anatomy, which is especially critical when working around delicate and confined structures like the bladder. This means that surgeons have a distinct advantage when performing a complex, radical hysterectomy involving adhesions from prior pelvic surgery, or non-localized cancer, or an abdominal hysterectomy.
As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is both patient- and procedure-specific. While a radical hysterectomy or abdominal hysterectomy performed using the da Vinci® Surgical System are considered safe and effective, these procedures may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.