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Robotic surgery is a form of minimally invasive abdominal surgery. It allows for complex procedures to be performed through dime size incisions in your abdomen.
Gynecological surgical procedures that can be performed robotically include Myomectomy (removal of fibroids while keeping the uterus) removal of adnexal masses (ovarian cysts for example) and hysterectomy.
There are many benefits to having robotic surgery. A couple of these are outlined below.
#1 – Shorter Recovery Time
One of the biggest benefits of robotic surgery is the fact that you have a shorter recovery time with less discomfort. Most women can expect to spend one night in the hospital post-operatively and can be expected to return to work as soon as one week.
This compares to two to three nights in the hospital and six weeks out of work for a larger incision for a hysterectomy for example.
#2 – Less Blood Loss
Because the incisions are smaller, there is less risk for blood loss compared to larger incisions/surgeries.
#3 – Less Risk of Infection
With robotic surgery, smaller incisions and greater precision mean less chance of error or infection/complications.
Candidates include women with any benign or malignant gynecologic condition for which open abdominal surgery would be indicated. Depending on the size of the mass that needs to be removed, robotic surgery may not be an option.
Morcellation, or the removal of the uterus in small pieces in a contained bag, is often needed. Robotic surgery is not an alternative to vaginal surgery. Women with severe heart and lung disease are often not good candidates for robotic surgery.
For more information about gynecological surgery or general OB-GYN questions/concerns or gynecology services, contact WakeMed Physician Practices OB-GYN by calling:
Dr. Curt Jacobs is an obstetrician/gynecologist with WakeMed Physician Practices – OB-GYN. He has clinical interests in: obstetrics, routine gynecological care, minimally-invasive and robotic surgery and in-office procedures such as endometrial ablation and permanent contraception.
Have a question that you’d like Dr. Jacobs to address? Email us your questions, and we’ll address them in a separate post. Be sure to reference this blog post in the subject line of your email. Your name/information will remain anonymous.
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