Minimally-invasive robotic surgery for women's health concerns
If your doctor has recommended a hysterectomy, an innovative option is now available at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Bloomington-Normal: minimally-invasive da Vinci® robotic surgery.
Hysterectomy is sometimes performed through the vagina. However, in cases where the uterus is large or if there is internal scarring from prior surgery or other conditions, abdominal hysterectomy is usually performed. Abdominal hysterectomies are traditionally performed with open surgery and require a wide incision below the navel. This procedure is usually painful, involving heavy pain medications, risk of infection and significant blood loss. After surgery, the recovery period that can last as long as 6 weeks. Patients are often displeased with the scar left by the incision, as well.
In contrast, a minimally-invasive da Vinci® hysterectomy is unique because it is performed through several small incisions. For most patients, the advantages* are:
A shorter hospital stay
Less pain and scarring
Less risk of infection
Less blood loss and fewer transfusions
Quicker return to normal activities
* As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is patient- and procedure-specific.
da Vinci® surgery can be used to treat other women's health conditions as well, including the removal of fibroid tumors (myomectomy), tubal reconstruction and uterine prolapse. While it may not be appropriate for all patients, ask your doctor if your condition could benefit from a da Vinci® procedure.