Know Your Options
If you have a benign (non-cancerous) condition that affects your health and quality of life, your doctor may suggest surgery. Surgery to remove the uterus is called a hysterectomy. It can be done with open surgery through one large incision (cut). It can also be done with minimally invasive surgery through a few small incisions using traditional laparoscopy or da Vinci Surgery.
Why da Vinci Surgery?
The da Vinci System is a robotic-assisted surgical device that your surgeon is 100% in control of at all times. The da Vinci System gives surgeons:
- 3D HD view inside your body
- Wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand
- Enhanced vision, precision and control
da Vinci Hysterectomy offers the following potential benefits compared to traditional open surgery:
- Lower complication rate 1,2,3,4
- Shorter hospital stay 1,2,3,4,5
- Less blood loss and less chance for a transfusion 1,3,4,5
- Lower hospital readmission rate 4, 5
da Vinci Hysterectomy offers the following potential benefits compared to traditional laparoscopy:
- Lower complication rate 1, 4, 6
- Shorter hospital stay 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
- Less blood loss 1, 2, 5, 8 & less chance of blood transfusion 4, 9
- Less chance of surgeon switching to open surgery 2, 6
da Vinci Hysterectomy offers the following potential benefits compared to vaginal surgery:
- Shorter hospital stay 2,4,5
- Less blood loss 2,5
The da Vinci System has brought minimally invasive surgery to more than 3 million patients worldwide. da Vinci technology – changing the experience of surgery for people around the world.
da Vinci Hysterectomy is the #1 minimally invasive hysterectomy performed in the U.S.10
*da Vinci Single-Site is available for benign (non-cancerous) hysterectomy.
Risks & Considerations Related to Hysterectomy, Benign (removal of the uterus and possibly nearby organs): injury to the ureters (ureters drain urine from the kidney into the bladder), vaginal cuff problems (scar tissue in vaginal incision, infection, bacterial skin infection, pooling/clotting of blood, incision opens or separates), injury to bladder (organ that holds urine), bowel injury, vaginal shortening, problems urinating (cannot empty bladder, urgent or frequent need to urinate, leaking urine, slow or weak stream), abnormal hole from the vagina into the urinary tract or rectum, vaginal tear or deep cut. Uterine tissue may contain unsuspected cancer. The cutting or morcellation of uterine tissue during surgery may spread cancer, and decrease the long-term survival of patients.
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10. Inpatient data: Agency for Healthcare, Research and Quality (AHRQ). Outpatient data: Solucient® Database - Truven Health Analytics. da Vinci data: Intuitive Surgical internal estimates. 2014