There are a lot of reasons that a woman might have to undergo a hysterectomy. Those range from cervical cancer to issues with severe periods. In the past, a hysterectomy has been a very invasive surgery. That's because in order to get your uterus out, the doctor would have to make an incision that would have to run from one hip to the other. That cuts through a large amount of abdominal muscles, which can take weeks to heal. Those muscles are used for everything from breathing to sitting, so it can end up causing a lot of pain. However, there are new options that can make the surgery easier.
Robotically Assisted Laparoscopic Surgery
Laparoscopic surgeries are done by going through the belly button. There are also generally two more small incisions on either side of the abdomen, usually right above the hips. Those three incisions allow the doctor to get very small tools into the abdominal cavity. Those tools are used to disconnect the uterus from the rest of your body, by severing the ligaments, nerves, and blood vessels. The uterus can then be removed from the body.
When the surgery is robotically assisted, it can be even easier for the doctor. The robot does all the actual work while the doctor operates the robot. The robot is actually able to use more delicate tools and to make more precise incisions than the doctor can.
Benefits of Robotically Assisted Laparoscopic Surgery
One of the biggest benefits to your doctor using this kind of surgery is the fact that it causes a lot less pain. It is much less invasive because there are only three small incisions versus one large incision. There is less trauma to the abdominal muscles, and that can mean a healing time of 2 to 4 weeks instead of a healing time of 6 to 8 weeks. The surgery can also be quicker because there is much less damage that will need to be repaired.
Having a hysterectomy is a major surgery. It involves a lot of internal work in order to make sure that everything is finished correctly, no matter which way your hysterectomy is performed. If your doctor can do your hysterectomy laparoscopically with the aid of a robot, it's a much easier surgery.
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