There are many reasons for a woman to have her uterus surgically removed from chronic pain conditions to various types of cancer. Robotic hysterectomies have become increasingly popular due to faster recovery times and less postoperative pain.
What is it?
A hysterectomy is a procedure to remove the uterus (and sometimes cervix) for a variety of reasons. Some patients qualify for a robotic hysterectomy, which incorporates robotic tools and small incisions made in the abdomen. A robotic hysterectomy usually results in less pain for patients and ensures surgeons greater precision and accuracy while performing the surgery.
How to Prepare
General anesthesia will be used for most hysterectomy procedures. Patients should talk to their doctors beforehand about allergies to medications. Patients should be prepared to stay in the hospital for 1-2 nights. Typically, patients will need help at home/work for a few weeks following surgery. Patients should have some assistance during their recovery period. Doctors may also ask patients not to eat or drink anything the night before surgery.
What happens during the process?
After patients are given general anesthesia, the surgeon will begin by making several small incisions in the abdomen. The surgeon will then use robotic tools to cut the uterus (and cervix/ovaries if necessary) into small pieces to be taken out through the small incisions or the vagina. The doctor may add gas to your abdominal cavity to create more space in which to work. After removing the parts of the uterus, the tools are removed and the incisions are sealed.
Risks and Complications
- Complications due to anesthesia
- Damage to the ureter, bladder, or bowel
- Excessive bleeding or infection
- Early menopause
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