Robot-assisted (robotic) Hysterectomy
If you have been told you need a hysterectomy, you have to know your options. Not all types of hysterectomy procedures are the same.
The most revolutionizing way to perform Hysterectomy today is through the robotic-assisted method. Highly specialized gynecologists offer this state of the art technique to patients requiring Hysterectomy, minimizing the complication rate and the chance to convert to large open incisions due to intraoperative findings.
Benefits of Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopy
Less estimated blood loss
Earlier oral intake
Lower wound infection rates
Lower post-op bleeding
Shorter hospital stay (typically overnight stay)
Better cosmetic results
Quicker return to normal activities
Minimally invasive treatment to obese patients otherwise needing big laparotomies
The vast majority of minimally invasive procedures in the USA are currently performed throught the robotic approach. Hysterectomies are performed to treat conditions such as:
• Uterine fibroids
• Cancer or precancer of the uterus or cervix
• Uterine prolapse
• Abnormal vaginal bleeding
• Pelvic pain
Following a hysterectomy, menstruation ceases.
Risks related to Hysterectomy
Even though daily thousands of procedures are performed worldwide, proving the efficacy of robotic surgery, you should bear in mind that any surgical procedure has risks. Complications related to robotic-assisted Hysterectomy include:
• Heavy bleeding
• Blood clots in the legs or lungs
• Injury to ureter
• Damage to surrounding organs (bladder or bowel)
• Adverse reaction to an anesthetic
• Vaginal prolapse
• Ovary failure (if preserved they may not survive)
• Menopausal symptoms (if ovaries are removed)
• Urinary tract infection
Patients recover at different rates. Most of the patients stay at the hospital overnight. You will be taking medication for pain and blood clots for several days, according to your doctor’s instructions. Vaginal bleeding is anticipated for a few days to weeks after surgery. Full recovery will take from 2 to 4 weeks. You are advised not to lift anything heavy (heavier than 10 kg) and refrain from sexual intercourse for six weeks. After a hysterectomy, you’ll no longer have periods or be able to get pregnant.
It will take up to four weeks until our pathologists review the whole specimens and provide you with a written detailed histology report. This report can be sent by post to your GP according to your instructions.
What to expect after removal of the uterus / hysterectomy
If your ovaries have been removed but hadn’t reached menopause, you’ll have menopause symptoms immediately after surgery. You might have symptoms such as vaginal dryness, hot flashes, and night sweats. Ask your doctor about the advice of relieving these symptoms.
If your ovaries remain in place and you hadn’t reached menopause before your surgery, your ovaries will still produce hormones until you reach natural menopause. In this case, you will not experience any menopausal symptoms.
Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Hysterectomy
Surgeons dedicated to performing minimally invasive procedures are committed to personalized treatment for every individual patient. Robotic-assisted procedures are considered safe and effective. It is appropriate for most patients, but not for all.
Let’s discuss your treatment options.
If you are a surgical candidate for robotic surgery, skilled robotic surgeons with high-end equipment will be able to offer you treatment and relief of your symptoms.