Guide to Advanced Surgery for Women's Health
Why Choose Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital for Hysterectomy?
Hysterectomy is a serious step regarding your future health and this is why at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital you can find the safest and most advanced methods of treatment. Being one of the best practices in Los Angeles dedicated to women’s health, we have gathered at our facility the best professionals.
The most important aspect regarding hysterectomy performed by our surgeons is that the entire procedure will be a minimally invasive one, promising you less scars, less pain and a shorter recovery period.
Hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus, also called the womb. Hysterectomy is the second most common operation performed on women in America, used to treat serious gynecological disorders. (The most common is Caesarian section.) It is a serious step, to be taken when the risk of not doing the surgery outweighs the negative consequences of the operation.
There are several types of hysterectomy, ranging from partial (where the surgeon removes only the upper part, leaving the cervix) to radical (where the surgeon removes the uterus, the cervix, the tissue around the cervix, and the upper part of the vagina).
How much tissue is removed depends on the disorder that the surgery is meant to treat. For example, radical hysterectomy is usually used to treat cancer. In addition to the uterus, the surgeon may remove the ovaries and Fallopian tubes, which produce eggs and carry them to the uterus.
A Hysterectomy is carried out to treat various problems associated with pelvic pain, periods, tumors and other related conditions:
- Uterine Fibroids (myomas)
- Uterine prolapse
- Pelvic pain
- Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
- Endometrial cancer (cancer of the lining of the uterus)
- Cervical cancer
- Uterine cancer
- Extremely severe pre-cancers (called dysplasia, carcinoma in situ, or CIN III, or micro invasive carcinoma of the cervix).
- Cancer of the fallopian tubes or ovaries.
Hysterectomy surgery can help ease the symptoms associated with conditions of the uterus. Surgery can improve abnormal bleeding and pelvic pain, prevent the possibility of future uterine cancer or solve the problem of uterine fibroids or growths. Most of all, for those who suffer, a hysterectomy can improve quality of life.
With minimally invasive surgery, the biggest difference that the patient will notice is in recovery. A laparoscopic hysterectomy requires a few tiny incisions in comparison to a traditional abdominal hysterectomy which is done through a 3-6 inch incision.The surgeon then removes the uterus through one of these small incisions.
With robotic surgery the da Vinci Si surgical robot enhances the surgeon's natural steadiness and precision, resulting in incisions that are more precise than is possible with the human hand alone.
Other advantages of minimally invasive surgical treatment are:
The da Vinci® Surgical System is a new sophisticated robotic platform specially designed to expand the surgeon’s capabilities and offer state-of-the-art minimally invasive facilities for major surgery.
Marina Women's Health’s surgeons have extended experience in operating with the Da Vinci® Surgical System.
The key components of this system include:
- 4 interactive robotic arms
- A high-definition 3D vision system
- A patient-side cart where the patient is placed during the operation
- An ergonomic console for the surgeon to sit at during the surgery
- Proprietary EndoWrist® tools
Single-site hysterectomy takes the minimally invasive concept and moves it one step further. Rather than a series of small cuts, with single-site hysterectomy the surgeon makes only one small incision. This reduces trauma, scarring, blood loss, and the likelihood of a long recovery or negative consequences.