The medical industry has witnessed several innovations in recent years. As technology continues to make advancements, surgical procedures have become less invasive and more precise. A perfect example of the surgical breakthrough is a robotic hysterectomy. This technological breakthrough allows for almost any women to have their uterus removed by minimally invasive surgery.

With the use of minimal incisions and computer controlled surgical instruments, a robotic hysterectomy allow the surgeon to be more precise by using very small instruments and with less risk to the patient.  The following article will provide an in-depth look at what is a robotic hysterectomy, who it can help, and how it is changing the surgical procedure process.

What Is a Robotic Hysterectomy?

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A robotic hysterectomy is a high-tech method performing a hysterectomy. During this medical procedure, small incisions are made, and a thin, lighted scope is inserted. This scope has a camera attached to the end which transmits a 3D HD live stream feed to a screen in the operating room. The surgeon guides the instruments with exact precision in real time. This is called daVinci robotic laparoscopic hysterectomy.

The surgeon uses the assistance of a computer to perform the surgery.  After he or she inserts the da Vinci surgical instruments into patient, he or she then sits next to the patient to operate the daVinci system and perform the surgery.   Despite being robot operated, the surgeon is the one who determines and directs the surgery using precise movements for the delicate procedure. The key to performing a successful hysterectomy is able to get into tiny spaces. Fortunately, the robotic laparoscopic camera provides the perfect view and gives the surgeon the perspective he needs.

While the surgeon and robotic surgeon’s console is usually located in the operating room a few feet from the patient, there have been instances where the surgeons performing the surgeries were located in different areas, different states, even different countries!  This impressive surgeon-controlled robot is named the daVinci robot. It is used in a number of surgeries, but hysterectomy is the most common type of procedure for this type of technology.

Robotic-assisted surgery is known for its minimal invasiveness using tiny incisions. This process means a quicker recovery with less pain or discomfort. It is easy to see why the robotic hysterectomy has become a popular procedure. With so many pros, this technology is changing lives.

A robotic hysterectomy costs the same to the patient as a traditional hysterectomy.  The hospital may charge more money to the insurance but actually they get a savings because patients can go home sooner and spend less time taking up a bed and therefore the hospital can admit other patients instead.  The patients receive many advantages such as less pain, smaller incisions and quicker recovery

This incredible technology is continually being improved. While it is extremely impressive now, it will be interesting to see where this technology leads years down the road.  The next system is already being used in urology and will likely revolutionize most surgeries by only requiring one small hidden incision even on major surgeries as well as.

Who Needs a Robotic Hysterectomy

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A robotic hysterectomy can be the answer for any woman that is a candidate for a traditional hysterectomy. The doctor will most likely recommend a hysterectomy for a woman that has had routine issues. There are several common issues that women deal with that can cause pain and discomfort in their everyday life. A robotic hysterectomy could be the answer to curing that pain.

John Hopkins cites these issues as common ailments as qualifications for a robotic hysterectomy:

  • Non-cancerous fibroid tumors.
  • Uterine prolapse (your uterus has slipped down into your vagina).
  • Cancerous tumors.
  • Long-term abnormal uterine bleeding.
  • Endometriosis (cells from the lining of your uterus grow outside your uterus, causing pain and bleeding).
  • Chronic pelvic pain.

Most of these conditions cause intense pain, bleeding, infertility or lead to other severe health concerns. Unfortunately, these problems are common and affect many women. In fact, about 600,000 hysterectomies are performed in the United States every year. If you suffer from any of ailments above, you could be a candidate for a robotic hysterectomy. Talk to your doctor to find out if this a possibility and get one step closer to ending the suffering.

Risks Involving a Robotic Hysterectomy

As with any surgical procedure, there are several risks. There is not such thing as a fail-proof surgery. Even though precautions are taken, anything can happen. However, the success rate for these procedures is very high. Here are some risks involving a robotic-assisted surgery.

#1. Reaction to Anesthesia

The most common risk of any surgery is a reaction to the anesthesia. After all, a number of health factors play in the safety of anesthesia. For example, an obese person is at more of a risk under anesthesia than a healthy weight person.

Another fact affecting anesthesia is that robotic hysterectomies can take a bit longer than a traditional one. This means that a patient is under longer than normal. Sometimes this longer period can pose more of a risk.  However, it is important to know that because of how minimally invasive a daVinci procedure is, that patients wake up quickly in the reovery room

#2.  Infection & Bleeding

Other common risks of any surgeries include infection and bleeding. There is also a risk of blood clots forming in the legs. These blood clots can reach to your lungs or brain and cause severe injury or even death. However, hospitals take extra precautions to help prevent blood clots from forming and will usually give you antibiotics during the surgery to prevent infection.

#3. Organ Damage

Another risk of a hysterectomy is damage to other organs inside the abdomen. Fortunately, with the use of the laparoscope, the surgeon has a great view to prevent any damage to the surrounding area. Also, with smaller incisions, there is less room for error.

Remember, that any surgery comes with its own set of risks. Take a moment to think about the pros and cons of the procedure. Make a decision you are comfortable with and do your research about the procedure. Get to know you, doctor. A good doctor will help you feel comfortable and make you feel safe under their care. These types of robotic procedures are performed around the country and are known for being a safer and less stressful option.

Putting It All Together

You should contact a daVinci trained medical professional if you believe that you would make a good candidate for a robotic hysterectomy. With a short consultation visit, you should be able to find out if you qualify. As technology continues to advance, these types of procedures will continue to amaze the boundaries of modern medicine. Do you know anyone who has had one of these advanced procedures? Join the conversation in the comments below. Be sure to share this article on social media!

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