Swift, Safe and Secure: Single-Site Hysterectomy

September 24th, 2018 - Posted to Gynecology

The second most common surgery among women in the United States is a hysterectomy, with doctors performing around 600 K annually. The procedure could be done either partially, by removing the uterus, or totally, by removing the uterus and the cervix. The particular condition and medical history of the patient are the most important factors to consider when deciding on the best type of medical intervention. Over 3 million people across the world have already undergone successful robotic procedures, with the Da Vinci system leaving no noticeable scarring. The increasingly popular Single-Site instruments entail a single incision resulting in a quick, safe and precise intervention.

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:

  • endometriosis (uterine lining grows outside the uterus)
  • adenomyosis (uterine lining grows into the wall of the uterus)
  • fibroids (growths in or around the uterus)
  • pelvic prolapse (the slipping of the uterus, vagina and bladder)
  • atypical vaginal bleeding

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.

Why You Should Have a Single-Site Hysterectomy

For the most part, both surgeons and patients have declared themselves satisfied with the results of surgeries involving the Da Vinci system and they have shown enthusiasm at the prospect of incorporating innovative technology for the betterment of the individual.

If your doctor deems you eligible for a Single-Site Hysterectomy, these are a few advantages of this choice:

  • minimal pain
  • minimal blood loss
  • minimal scarring
  • minimal rate of complications
  • faster recovery

The Single-Site robotic procedure could usually be performed in under an hour, and the patient will be allowed to leave the hospital after 24 hours or less depending on the verdict given by the doctor in charge of their stay.

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.

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.