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All of the physicians at Northpointe are board certified gynecologic surgeons offering inpatient and outpatient gynecologic procedures including minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery utilizing the DaVinci Robotic System and vaginal surgery.
Understanding your options for hysterectomy Your doctor may recommend waiting to see if your symptoms progress or may try medical options such as medications to address your symptoms. It is possible your doctor may recommend a hysterectomy, a surgery to remove your uterus and possibly your ovaries and fallopian tubes.
Surgeons can perform a hysterectomy through open surgery, which requires a large incision in your abdomen, or a minimally invasive approach. In traditional open surgery, the surgeon looks directly at the surgical area through the incision and removes the uterus using hand-held tools.
There are three types of minimally invasive approaches: vaginal hysterectomy, laparoscopic hysterectomy, or robotic-assisted surgery, possibly with da Vinci® technology. Vaginal hysterectomy removes the uterus through an incision in your vagina. Doctors perform minimally invasive laparoscopic or robotic-assisted surgeries through a few small incisions or a single small incision near the belly button. To perform a laparoscopic hysterectomy, surgeons use special long-handled tools while viewing magnified images from the laparoscope (camera) on a video screen.
Why surgery with robotic assisted surgery? A review of published studies suggests that potential benefits of a benign robotic hysterectomy with da Vinci technology include:
- Patients may experience fewer complications compared to patients who had open and laparoscopic surgery.
- Patients may stay in the hospital for a shorter amount of time than patients who had open, laparoscopic and vaginal surgery.
- Surgeons may be less likely to switch to an open procedure when performing surgery with da Vinci, compared to when performing laparoscopic surgery.
- With da Vinci, you may have a single or few small incisions compared to an open procedure and, after surgery, one or a few small scars.
All surgery involves risk. Your doctor will discuss with you the associated risks of hysterectomy for benign conditions.