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da Vinci® Hysterectomy
(Benign Hysterectomy)

Doctors often recommend surgery to women facing benign (non-cancerous) gynecologic conditions such as endometriosis, fibroid tumors, heavy menstrual bleeding and pelvic prolapse. If your doctor suggests you have a hysterectomy, you may be a candidate for minimally invasive da Vinci® Surgery.

Why da Vinci Surgery?

Instead of the large abdominal incision used in open surgery, da Vinci surgeons make just a few small incisions - similar to traditional laparoscopy. The da Vinci System features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and special wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human wrist. As a result, da Vinci enables your doctor to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control.

As a result of da Vinci technology, da Vinci Hysterectomy offers the following potential benefits compared to traditional open surgery:

  • Less blood loss1
  • Fewer complications1
  • Shorter hospital stay1,2
  • Minimal scarring

As a result of da Vinci technology, da Vinci Hysterectomy offers the following potential benefits compared to traditional laparoscopy:

  • Less blood loss3
  • Lower conversion rate to open surgery3,4
  • Shorter hospital stay3,5
  • Less need for narcotic pain medicine6,7

State-of-the-art da Vinci uses the latest in surgical and robotics technologies and is beneficial for performing complex surgery. Your surgeon is 100% in control of the da Vinci System, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body. da Vinci - taking surgery beyond the limits of the human hand.

Physicians have used the da Vinci System successfully worldwide in approximately 1.5 million various surgical procedures to date. da Vinci is changing the experience of surgery for people around the world.

da Vinci S System with surgeon console and patient cart

Risks & Considerations Related to Hysterectomy & da Vinci Surgery

Potential risks of any hysterectomy procedure include:1

  • Separation of the vaginal incision
  • Blocked lung artery
  • Urinary tract injury
  • Learn More: da Vinci Surgery

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  1. Landeen LB, Bell MC, Hubert HB, Bennis LY, Knutsen-Larson SS, Seshadri-Kreaden U. Clinical and cost comparisons for hysterectomy via abdominal, standard laparoscopic, vaginal and robot-assisted approaches. S D Med. 2011 Jun;64(6):197-9, 201, 203 passim.
  2. DuBeshter B, Angel C, Toy E, Thomas S, Glantz JC. Current Role of Robotic Hysterectomy. Journal of Gynecologic Surgery. Vol 29 Issue 4: August 2013. 29(4): 174-178. doi:10.1089/gyn.2012.0113.
  3. Payne, T. N. and F. R. Dauterive. A comparison of total laparoscopic hysterectomy to robotically assisted hysterectomy: surgical outcomes in a community practice. J Minim Invasive Gynecol, 2008;15(3): 286-291.
  4. Patzkowsky KE, As-Sanie S, Smorgick N, Song AH, Advincula AP. Perioperative outcomes of robotic versus laparoscopic hysterectomy for benign disease. JSLS. 2013 Jan-Mar;17(1):100-6. doi: 10.4293/108680812X13517013317914.
  5. Giep BN, Giep HN, Hubert HB. Comparison of minimally invasive surgical approaches for hysterectomy at a community hospital: robotic-assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy, laparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy and laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy. J Robot Surg. 2010 Sep;4(3):167-175. Epub 2010 Aug 10.
  6. Shashoua AR, Gill D, Locher SR. Robotic-assisted total laparoscopic hysterectomy versus conventional total laparoscopic hysterectomy. JSLS. 2009 Jul-Sep;13(3):364-9.
  7. Betcher R MD, Chaney P MD, Otey S MD, Wood D DO, Lacy P MD, Lee M RN, Chi G PhD. Analysis of postoperative pain in robotic versus traditional laparoscopic hysterectomy. J Robotic Surgery. 2 May 2013. DOI 10.1007/s11701-013-0418-z

All surgery presents risk, including da Vinci® Surgery and other minimally invasive procedures. Serious complications may occur in any surgery, up to and including death. Examples of serious or life-threatening complications which may require hospitalization include injury to tissues or organs, bleeding, infection or internal scarring that can cause long-lasting dysfunction or pain. Temporary pain or nerve injury has been linked to the inverted position often used during abdominal and pelvic surgery. Risks of surgery also include potential for equipment failure and human error. Risks specific to minimally invasive surgery may include: A long operation and time under anesthesia, conversion to another technique or the need for additional or larger incisions. If your surgeon needs to convert the procedure, it could mean a long operative time with additional time under anesthesia and increased complications. Temporary pain or discomfort may result from pneumoperitoneum, the presence of air or gas in the abdominal cavity used by surgeons in minimally invasive surgery. Research suggests that there could be an increased risk of incision-site hernia with single-incision surgery. Results, including cosmetic results, may vary. Patients who bleed easily, who have abnormal blood clotting, are pregnant or morbidly obese are typically not candidates for minimally invasive surgery, including da Vinci® Surgery. Other options may be available. Patients should talk to their doctors about their surgical experience and to decide if da Vinci Surgery is right for them. We encourage patients and physicians to review all available information on surgical options and treatment in order to make an informed decision. Clinical studies are available through the National Library of Medicine at www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed. For more complete information on surgical risks, safety, and indications for use, please refer to www.davincisurgery.com.

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