A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus. Many women get hysterectomies to prevent pregnancy, while others seek to treat medical conditions, such as:
Robotic hysterectomy is a minimally invasive procedure using robotic surgical equipment and a computer screen to remove the uterus. Robotic surgery is performed through a few small incisions around the belly button using state-of-the-art equipment. Dr. Salom and Dr. Tangir use robotic arms, a scope, and surgeon-controlled wrist attachments to remove the uterus.
As a minimally invasive procedure, robotic hysterectomy typically requires less anesthesia, shortens hospitalization, results in fewer complications, and promotes faster recovery. The smaller incisions lead to less noticeable scars. It also reduces the risk of blood loss, infection, and pain.
The robotic machinery allows for more exact movements. The visual equipment allows your surgeon to see inside the body with much more clarity, while the robotic wrists and miniature tools make the most precise movements.
You can return to your normal activities much quicker with robotic hysterectomy than you would with abdominal hysterectomy. You can expect complete recovery between a few weeks and a few months, but you will be able to resume your normal routine gradually.
Hysterectomy is a fairly safe surgical procedure. However, like any surgery, risks include infection, blood clots, bleeding, and reactions to the anesthesia.
When you wake up from the procedure, you might experience some pain. Dr. Salom or Dr. Tangir will order pain medication for your IV and send you home with a prescription for pain medication, if necessary.
You may also notice spotting and other discharge after the procedure as your body heals. To prevent blood clots, your healthcare team will encourage you to start walking as soon as you can and continue when you go home. Your surgeon will provide wound care and guidance for recovery before you leave the hospital.
If you haven’t gone into menopause before your hysterectomy, you will start experiencing menopausal symptoms right away. Hysterectomy also increases your chances of developing osteoporosis, so it’s important to keep your routine appointments.
If you’re considering hysterectomy, call the experienced specialists at the Center for Gynecologic Oncology to schedule your first appointment.