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Single-Site Robotic Hysterectomy Ensures Faster Recovery with Virtually No Scars

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By Jamie Lipeles

Posted on January 20th, 2019 in Gynecology

Hysterectomy is a surgical procedure which involves the removal of the uterus and sometimes along with the ovaries and fallopian tubes. It is the second most common surgery performed in women with nearly 600,000 procedures done each year in the United States. The field of robotic surgery has developed rapidly and after the FDA approved robotic gynecologic surgery in 2005, there has been exponential growth. In 2012, the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) has acknowledged the advantages of robotic surgery in the treatment of gynecologic cancers.

Until recently, all hysterectomy procedures including vaginal hysterectomy, open abdominal surgery, laparoscopic surgery, and even robotic surgery involved multiple incisions, which led to scarring. But, an innovative type of hysterectomy procedure called the Single-Site Da Vinci Technique has been developed that helps women avoid scars completely and significantly reduce the downtime following the surgery. The use of the robot-assisted approach for the hysterectomy procedure has led to a decrease in the use of the traditional laparoscopic technique.

When to Get a Single-Site Hysterectomy

Unfortunately, there are many benign diseases that can affect the reproductive system of a woman varying from the uterus, to the cervix, to the ovaries, and finally, the fallopian tubes. Among the most frequent benign illnesses are:

Most gynecologic conditions require surgery, however, they could be treated with less pain and fewer incisions. A hysterectomy could be performed in different ways, but if you and your doctor agree on a Single-Site procedure there are quite a few advantages, in comparison to more traditional interventions, that are worth your consideration.

How Is the Single-Site da Vinci Hysterectomy Different?

The da Vinci robotic system can be used for hysterectomy only in benign conditions. This new technique involves only one small incision in the central portion of the abdomen (belly button). This opening serves as an entry point for all instruments and the camera needed to visualize the internal organs of the patient.

The da Vinci Surgical System with the Single-Site technology gives surgeons enhanced capabilities such as a high-definition three-dimensional vision and a magnified view. When your surgeon controls the da Vinci system, the hand movements will be precisely translated into corresponding movements of the tiny robotic arms within your body. The surgical procedure involves the separation of the uterus from its ligaments/tissues and the removal through the incision. Once the removal is complete, the instruments are drawn back and the incision is closed with sutures.

The entire procedure may take about an hour and the hospital stay would last for about 24 hours.

How a Single-Site Hysterectomy Works

The Da Vinci Surgical system is composed of only 3 pieces: the console, controlled by the surgeon, the side cart, meant for the patient and the electronic cart, consisting of both hardware and software elements.

Some of the benefits of using the Da Vinci technology include:

  • advanced vision (a 3D high-definition perspective inside the patient’s body)
  • quality in-time video imaging (with the help of a laparoscope)
  • clear-cut instruments with a great degree of mobility (functioning from positions impossible for the human hand to replicate)

It should be kept in mind that every surgical intervention is in itself unique and it is absolutely necessary to fully address one’s medical condition before committing to one way or another in order for them to be able to make an informed decision.

How Can You Benefit from the Single-Site Robotic Hysterectomy?

In addition to the minimal scarring, clinical data have suggested several potential benefits from the da Vinci Single-Site Hysterectomy, which include:

  • less blood loss
  • lower complication rates or risk of infection
  • low chance of requiring blood transfusion or need of switching to open surgery
  • shorter hospital stay
  • minimal postoperative pain 
  • faster recovery rate with the ability to resume activities within a few days and complete healing within a few weeks.

This innovative technique has given a new dimension to minimally–invasive hysterectomy by allowing quick recovery with less pain, fewer scars, pleasing cosmetic outcome, and thus better patient satisfaction.

Post-surgery Care

Over the course of your stay in the hospital, you will be under constant medical supervision. Your condition will be periodically checked and according to the state that you are in, you might receive medicine to either prevent infection or relieve pain. That being said, it is important to consistently follow the instructions given by your doctor after leaving the hospital, so that your recovery is successful. The main things to consider would be:

  • little physical activity
  • plenty of rest
  • no heavy lifting
  • no sexual intercourse for about 9 weeks

Since everybody is different, everybody will recover differently. A few days or weeks following the surgical intervention, you might have to deal with some light vaginal bleeding. However, you should monitor the circumstances and take the issue to your doctor if you feel like it is necessary.

If You Have a Benign Condition of Your Reproductive System, You Deserve Special Care

Take away information about benign hysterectomy surgery with da Vinci Single-Site technology in our brochure designed for our patients. Talk with our specialists if you have any additional questions about the procedure. Our goal is to ensure safe, high-quality health care by improving accuracy, outcomes, and overall patient experience.