da Vinci® Hysterectomy
If you have a gynecologic cancer – such as cancer of the uterus or cervix – your doctor may recommend a hysterectomy (removal of your uterus). Hysterectomy is a common procedure. An estimated one third of all U.S. women have a hysterectomy by age 60.1 While this figure is lower in many other countries, it is still a common procedure worldwide.2 The type of hysterectomy you have will depend upon your medical history and health, as well as the location and stage of the cancer.
A hysterectomy may be performed with open abdominal surgery using a long vertical incision (frothe pubic bone to just above the navel). The incision must be large enough for your surgeon to fit his or her hands and instruments inside your body. Open surgery allows doctors to touch your organs as they operate. da Vinci Surgery:
A hysterectomy can also be performed using minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery. This means your surgeon operates through a few small incisions in your abdomen using long instruments and a tiny camera. The camera sends images to a video monitor in the operating room to guide your surgeon during the procedure. There is another minimally invasive surgical option for women planning to have a hysterectomy: da Vinci® Surgery.
Using the da Vinci System, your surgeon makes a few small incisions – similar to traditional laparoscopy. The da Vinci System features a magnified 3D HD vision system and special instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand. These features enable your surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision, and control.
As a result of da Vinci technology, da Vinci Hysterectomy offers the following potential benefits as compared to traditional open surgery:
- Lower complication rate
- Less need for narcotics after the surgery
- Shorter hospital stay
- Less blood loss and less likelihood for transfusion
As a result of da Vinci technology, da Vinci Hysterectomy offers the following potential benefits as compared to traditional laparoscopy:
- Shorter hospital stay
- Less blood loss
- Less chance of changing procedure to open surgery
For more information about da Vinci hysterectomy at Glenwood Regional Medical Center, please call 1-877-726-WELL.
Risks and Considerations Related to Hysterectomy Cancer (removal of the uterus and possibly nearby organs): injury to the ureters (the ureters drain urine from the kidney into the bladder), vaginal cuff problem (replaces cervix): scar tissue in vaginal incision, infection, bacterial skin infection, pooling/clotting of blood, incision opens or separates, injury to bladder (organ that holds urine), bowel injury, vaginal shortening, problems urinating (cannot empty bladder, urgent or frequent need to urinate, leaking urine, slow or weak stream), abnormal hole from the vagina into the urinary tract or rectum, vaginal tear or deep cut.
Important Information for Patients
Serious complications may occur in any surgery, including da Vinci® Surgery, up to and including death. Examples of serious or life-threatening complications, which may require prolonged and/ or unexpected hospitalization and/or reoperation, include but are not limited to, one or more of the following: injury to tissues/organs, bleeding, infection and internal scarring that can cause long-lasting dysfunction/pain. Risks of surgery also include the potential for equipment failure and/or human error. Individual surgical results may vary. Risks specific to minimally invasive surgery, including da Vinci Surgery, include but are not limited to, one or more of the following: temporary pain/nerve injury associated with positioning; temporary pain/discomfort from the use of air or gas in the procedure; a longer operation and time under anesthesia and conversion to another surgical technique. If your doctor needs to convert the surgery to another surgical technique, this could result in a longer operative time, additional time under anesthesia, additional or larger incisions and/or increased complications. Patients who are not candidates for non-robotic minimally invasive surgery are also not candidates for da Vinci® Surgery. Patients should talk to their doctor to decide if da Vinci Surgery is right for them. Patients and doctors should review all available information on non-surgical and surgical options in order to make an informed decision. For Important Safety Information, including surgical risks, indications, and considerations and contraindications for use, please also refer to www.davincisurgery.com/safety and www.intuitivesurgical.com.