For many women, the thought of having a hysterectomy can be scary. If your doctor has recommended that you have this procedure, it can feel a little daunting.
You might be thinking, “Where should I get it done? What should I expect during the surgery? What about after the surgery?”
These questions are common and completely understandable. It’s also normal to be nervous.
However, we have found that our patients usually feel better once they understand what’s about to happen and why it’s not as scary as it sounds.
Here’s what you need to know about hysterectomies, and why choosing a robotic hysterectomy could be your best option.
What is a Hysterectomy?
A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus and sometimes the cervix and supporting tissues.
Also, if your doctor is recommending one, you’re not alone. It is the most common non-pregnancy-related major surgery performed on women in the United States, with one in three women having a hysterectomy by age 60.
If you have not reached menopause, a hysterectomy will stop your monthly bleeding (periods). You also will not be able to get pregnant.
If the ovaries are removed in a woman before she reaches menopause, the loss of female hormones will also cause you to suddenly enter menopause (this is known as “surgical menopause”).
Why Do I Need a Hysterectomy?
Only your doctor can diagnose your health needs and recommend that you have a hysterectomy. If you think you might need one, please seek out the help of a medical professional, such as a doctor, gynecologist, or other medical provider.
However, many women need to have hysterectomies for the following reasons:
- Uterine fibroids
- Uterine prolapse
Some other reasons why you might need a hysterectomy include chronic pelvic pain, heavy bleeding and chronic pelvic inflammatory disease.
If you are in need of a hysterectomy, choosing a robotic hysterectomy could be your best option.
What is a Robotic Hysterectomy & What are the Benefits?
A robotic hysterectomy, also known as the da Vinci Treatment, is a minimally invasive surgery.
During the robotic hysterectomy, da Vinci surgeons make just a few small incisions instead of a large incision – similar to traditional laparoscopy (in a laparoscopy, instead of a large open incision, surgery is done through a few small incisions using a tiny camera and long, thin surgical instruments. The camera takes images inside your body and those images are sent to a video monitor which guides surgeons as they operate).
Some of the benefits of choosing the da Vinci System, or robotic hysterectomy, over traditional open surgery include:
- The da Vinci System features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and special wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human wrist. As a result, da Vinci enables your surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control.
- State-of-the-art da Vinci uses the latest in surgical and robotics technologies and is beneficial for performing complex surgery.
- Your surgeon is 100% in control of the da Vinci System, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body.
- It’s minimally invasive, which means a much smaller scar and potentially less recovery time compared to open surgery.
Why Should I Choose MyOBGyne?
At MyOBGyne, our own Dr. Figueroa is able to expertly perform a robotic hysterectomy (da Vinci surgery) if you should qualify to have one.
In addition, our staff and physicians are caring, compassionate, and trained to provide you with an individualized approach to your health needs.
We believe in a personal approach and providing all women with incredible service while empowering them with the knowledge of how to care for their own bodies.
If you need to have a robotic hysterectomy, choosing MyOBGyne will be the best decision you make. Let our staff show you that we understand the importance of treating our patients with kindness, compassion, respect and dignity, no matter their health needs.
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