Robotic Hysterectomy

During a robotic hysterectomy, your surgeon will perform any type of hysterectomy (total, partial or radical hysterectomy) using a laparoscope, camera, and other surgical instruments that are inserted through several incisions around the abdomen. The laparoscope helps the surgeon see inside your abdomen. A robotic hysterectomy is very similar to a laparoscopic hysterectomy, but the surgeon uses a robot to manipulate the instruments.

During your robotic hysterectomy, you will be under general anesthesia. The length of the surgery will depend on your condition and your surgeon’s skill level, but it may range from 3 to 4 hours¹.

Your surgeon will remove your uterus in small pieces through the incisions in your abdomen, and may also remove your cervix, fallopian tubes and/or ovaries at the same time.

You will be left with several visible incisions on your abdomen.

Benefits of Robotic Hysterectomy

When a Hidden Scar hysterectomy is not recommended, robotic hysterectomy may be an alternative, minimally invasive option compared to abdominal hysterectomy.

When comparing robotic hysterectomy to abdominal hysterectomy:

  • Less average blood loss²
  • Shorter hospital stay²
  • Smaller scars

Risk of Robotic Hysterectomy

A robotic hysterectomy is often called a “minimally invasive” approach, and there is a lot of buzz around these types of surgeries. However, these approaches require surgeons to go through a lot of training, are very costly, and the outcomes are varied.  As a result, robotic hysterectomy is not available in every hospital. There can be more complications with robotic hysterectomy compared to vaginal or abdominal hysterectomy.

When comparing robotic hysterectomy to Hidden Scar hysterectomy:

  • Longer operating time²
  • Higher risk for complications and re-operation³
  • Higher costs²
  • Several abdominal incisions will leave visible scars on the abdomen and increase your risk for wound infection³

When comparing robotic hysterectomy to abdominal hysterectomy:

  • Longer operating time²
  • Higher costs²

Preparing for Hysterectomy

To best prepare for hysterectomy, you should do a lot of research to determine which treatment is right for you. Learn more.

Recovery from Hysterectomy

It’s important to prepare for your hysterectomy recovery. Learn more.

Life after Hysterectomy

Many women wonder what life will be like or after hysterectomy surgery. Learn more.

References

  1. http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/test_procedures/gynecology/robotic_hysterectomy_135,12/ (surgery time)
  2. Wright K, et al.  Costs and Outcomes of Abdominal, Vaginal, Laparoscopic and Robotic Hysterectomies.  JSLS (2012) 16:519-524
  3. Safety in gynecologic surgery: A roundtable discussion, OBG Management Supplement, Lonky, Gebhart, Kho, Munro, October 2015, obgmanagement.com

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