Hysterectomy? At Glenwood, You Have Options.
Did you know that one in every three women undergoes a hysterectomy prior to her 60th birthday? With figures like that, our women’s care team believes in providing the West Monroe community with options – the very best options.
Surgeons at Glenwood Regional Medical Center are proud to offer minimally invasive, robotically assisted hysterectomies through the da Vinci Surgical System. da Vinci is a revolutionary, state-of-the-art system that allows the surgeon to perform complex operations with more control, precision, and better imaging technology.
Open Abdominal Hysterectomy
Despite technological developments, the majority of hysterectomies performed in the United States today are open abdominal hysterectomies. Using this method, the surgeon makes a 5-7 inch-long incision across the abdomen, through which the uterus is removed.
In a vaginal hysterectomy, the surgeon makes a small incision in the vagina, through which the uterus is removed. There is no visible scarring following this procedure. This method may not be an option for a woman with a narrow pubic arch, severe endometriosis, or scar tissue (e.g. C-section).
In a laparoscopic hysterectomy, 3 to 5 small incisions are made on the abdomen, through which surgical instruments and an endoscope are inserted. In many areas of the country, a laparoscopic hysterectomy may be a patient’s best option.
da Vinci Hysterectomy
Women in the West Monroe area have an option that keeps going where laparoscopic surgery leaves off: da Vinci hysterectomy. Using the da Vinci Surgical System, the surgeon makes miniscule 1-2 centimeter incisions. Sitting just a few feet away from the operating table, the surgeon uses small controls to maneuver the surgical system’s robotic arms. The surgeon can rotate tools a full 360º, and can view the inside of the body in 3D on high-definition monitors. With da Vinci, your surgeon has the ability to do things that are impossible for the human hand.