Many benign (non-cancerous) conditions can affect a woman’s reproductive system, including the uterus, cervix, ovaries and fallopian tubes. Common benign conditions include: fibroids, which are growths in and/or around the uterus; endometriosis, which occurs when your uterine lining grows outside the uterus; adenomyosis, which occurs when your uterine lining grows into the wall of the uterus; and pelvic prolapse, which is the slipping of the uterus, vagina and/or bladder. Gynecologic conditions can cause many different symptoms or no symptoms at all. Some of the more common symptoms may include: pelvic pain, heavy bleeding, irregular periods, fatigue, unusual bloating, pain during intercourse, and infertility.1,2 If your symptoms are severe, your doctor may suggest medicine, lifestyle changes or surgery. Surgical options will depend on your exact condition, symptoms and overall health.
The Surgery. Hysterectomy
Your doctor may recommend a hysterectomy (removal of your uterus and possibly ovaries and fallopian tubes). About one-third of all U.S. women have a hysterectomy by age 60.1 There are different ways to perform a hysterectomy, as detailed below. You should discuss all options with your doctor if he/she recommends a hysterectomy.
During an abdominal hysterectomy (open surgery), your uterus is removed through a large open incision. The incision must be large enough for your surgeon’s hands to fit inside your body and see your organs.
With traditional laparoscopy, your surgeon operates through a few small incisions using long instruments and a tiny camera to guide doctors during surgery. Another laparoscopic option is robotically- assisted da Vinci Surgery.
Your uterus can also be removed through a small incision in your belly button using single-incision traditional laparoscopy or da Vinci® Single-Site® Surgery. These procedures allow for virtually scarless results.
da Vinci Single-Site Surgery: A Virtually Scarless Procedure
With da Vinci Single-Site Surgery, doctors remove your uterus and possibly your ovaries and fallopian
tubes through your belly button using state-of-the-art instruments. Patients who choose da Vinci Single-Site Surgery experience virtually scarless results, similar to single incision traditional laparoscopy. As a result of da Vinci technology, da Vinci Single-Site Hysterectomy offers the following potential benefits:
• Low blood loss
• Low rate of converting to traditional laparoscopy and open surgery
• Low rate of complications
• Short hospital stay
• Small incision for virtually scarless results
The Enabling Technology: da Vinci Single-Site
The da Vinci Surgical System is designed to provide surgeons with enhanced capabilities, including high- definition 3D vision and a magnified view. Your doctor controls the da Vinci System, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body.
Though it is often called a “robot,” da Vinci cannot act on its own. Surgery is performed entirely by your doctor. Together, da Vinci technology allows your doctor to perform routine and complex procedures through just a few small openings, similar to traditional laparoscopy.
The da Vinci System has been used successfully worldwide in approximately 1.5 million various surgical procedures to date. da Vinci – changing the experience of surgery for people around the world.