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Hysterectomy

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If you are a candidate for hysterectomy and would like to talk to a gynecologist or gynecologic oncologist (a cancer specialist) who performs robotic hysterectomy, call The Methodist Hospital at 713-790-3333.

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Hysterectomy

If your doctor recommends hysterectomy, you may be a candidate for a robotic hysterectomy, a less invasive surgical procedure for a range of uterine conditions. A robotic hysterectomy is performed using the da Vinci® robot, which enables surgeons to operate with unmatched precision and control using only a few small incisions.
da Vinci hysterectomy incision

Benefits of Robotic Surgery

For most patients, robotic hysterectomy can offer numerous potential benefits over traditional approaches to vaginal, laparoscopic or open abdominal hysterectomy, particularly when performing more challenging procedures like radical hysterectomy for gynecologic cancer.

Potential benefits include:

  • Significantly less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Fewer complications
  • Less scarring
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Faster recovery
  • Faster return to normal daily activities

The da Vinci® robot provides the surgeon with a superior surgical tool for dissection and removal of lymph nodes during cancer operations, as compared to traditional open or minimally invasive approaches. Robotic hysterectomy also allows your surgeon better visualization of anatomy, which is especially critical when working around delicate and confined structures like the bladder. This means that surgeons have an advantage when performing a complex, radical hysterectomy involving adhesions from prior pelvic surgery or non-localized cancer, or an abdominal hysterectomy.

As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is both patient- and procedure-specific. Robotic hysterectomy may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.