University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin offers the robotic-assisted hysterectomy, the surgical removal of the uterus. Our gynecologic cancer specialists are currently using this advanced procedure to treat selected women with endometrial and cervical cancer.
Traditionally, the best possible procedure for patients who required a hysterectomy was a laparotomy, a procedure that begins with the surgeon making a large, vertical incision. Recent developments now allow physicians to perform a laparoscopic hysterectomy, a minimally invasive procedure that uses a lighted instrument (called a laparoscope) to pass through a small incision in the abdomen to examine the ovaries and uterus. Laparoscopic surgery has many benefits for patients, but not all patients are appropriate candidates.
The da Vinci® robotic hysterectomy offers patients an alternative to a laparotomy and takes laparoscopic surgery to the next level. It offers additional benefits and is more precise for surgeons.
Benefits of Robotic Surgery
The state-of-the-art da Vinci® robot gives your surgeon a three-dimensional view that as a result, creates a more precise surgery.
Benefits for patients include:
- Shorter hospital stay
- Less pain
- Faster recovery
- Quicker return to normal activities
- Less risk of wound infection
- Less blood loss
- Less scarring
Benefits are patient-specific, and it is important for you to talk with your doctor to find out if you are an appropriate candidate for the robotic hysterectomy.