When women experience severe gynecological conditions, sometimes a robotic hysterectomy is necessary to remove the uterus and recover from severe pain or diseases. It is a treatment option for a variety of conditions including chronic pelvic pain, endometriosis, abnormal vaginal bleeding, uterine or cervical cancer, uterine fibroids, or uterine prolapse. When just the uterus is removed it is known as a partial hysterectomy, while a total hysterectomy involves removing the uterus and cervix. Some patients qualify for robotic hysterectomies, available as a minimally-invasive option at Ogden Clinic offices throughout northern Utah.
During a robotic hysterectomy the surgeon passes instruments with a camera through small abdominal incisions to remove the uterus. Robotic hysterectomies offer the doctor a magnified, 3-D view which gives him/her greater control, flexibility, and precision.
Robotic hysterectomies are a suitable approach for women who have previous surgical scars or another anatomical abnormality. In general, robotic procedures are a great choice for many patients as they are safer than open surgery—they reduce blood loss and tissue trauma, boast a quicker recovery time, incur less scarring, shorten hospital stay, and decrease risk of infection.
During robotic hysterectomies, your doctor will sit at a control station to maneuver robotically controlled surgical instruments and remove your uterus. They will still be in the room with you, but with improved precision, visuals, and technology. The robotic system, or da Vinci Surgical System, will translate your doctor’s movements into precise movements by each instrument.
After the robotic hysterectomy at Ogden Clinic in Utah, you will probably stay in the hospital overnight for observation. Your doctor may advise you to rest, limit physical activity, and avoid heavy lifting for a certain time following your procedure. You will need to refrain from sexual intercourse for nine weeks after your robotic hysterectomy and will be permanently unable to get pregnant.
If you have a condition that can be treated through removal of the uterus, come to Ogden Clinic in Utah to learn more about our robotic hysterectomies. Call us today to schedule an appointment with a member of our Gynecology Department.