What is a minimally invasive hysterectomy?
A hysterectomy is an operation to remove a woman's uterus. In most cases, we no longer have to use the old fashioned method which requires a big abdominal incision and major down time. Now we can do this with three tiny incisions. There are a couple of ways to do the surgery.
Who’s a candidate for a minimally invasive hysterectomy?
Almost all women are candidates for a minimally invasive hysterectomy. Women with a range of gynecological conditions are prime candidates. The conditions include pain, bleeding, fibroids, and endometriosis. We can even remove a very large uterus with minimally invasive surgery.
What should I expect?
You will be put to sleep for this procedure. It will take anywhere from 90 minutes to two and half hours. We will make three small incisions. The first incision is for the camera so we can see inside. The two other incisions are for the instruments, so we can operate and maneuver.
What are the benefits?
The minimally invasive surgery results in a shorter hospital stay, less pain, less blood loss, lower risk of infection, and quicker recovery.
What are the risks?
The risks with surgery include bleeding, infection, and damage to nearby structures. Using the minimally invasive approach we can reduce the risk.