Robotic Hysterec

Monday, October 10, 2016

An estimated one-third of U.S. women will have a hysterectomy by age 60. Hysterectomy can be done as abdominal surgery, vaginal surgery or as a laparoscopic procedure, which is less invasive. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about laparoscopic hysterectomy in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Many non-cancerous conditions can affect a womans reproductive system. Common ones include fibroids, endometriosis, adenomyosis and pelvic prolapse. The woman may have pelvic pain, heavy bleeding, irregular period and unusual bloating, or she may experience no symptoms at all.

If symptoms are severe, your doctor may recommend a hysterectomy to remove your uterus. Hysterectomy can be done as abdominal surgery, vaginal surgery or as a laparoscopic procedure.

In laparoscopy, your surgeon operates using long instruments inserted through a few small abdominal incisions. One instrument has a tiny camera at the end, which sends images to a video monitor to guide the doctor.

Your surgeon may use a robotic surgical system that provides high-definition 3D images and the ability to zoom in and out. The doctor controls the special instruments. In many cases, there is only a single incision in the belly button thats hidden, so there is virtually no scar.

Women who have a robotically-assisted hysterectomy are shown to have fewer complications, less blood loss and a shorter hospital stay. If your doctor recommends hysterectomy, explore all your options.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.