Robotic GYN surgery found to be easier, faster, more appealing
One in three U.S. women will have a hysterectomy before the age of 60. Finding an easier and faster way through the recovery than the traditional six week sounds appealing to women who can’t be out of commission for that long.
“Traditionally anytime you can do something minimally invasive, you’re going to have less pain, less risk of infection, less blood loss, a shorter hospital stay and a quicker return to normal activity,” says Paul Hudock, MD, one of two OB-Gyns who uses the daVinci Si robot to assist in the operating room. “If you’re facing a hysterectomy, you may want to explore whether you’re a candidate.”
Da Vinci surgery provides precise treatment for gynecologic conditions in a minimally invasive fashion – through tiny incisions instead of a long open incision. The benefits for patients of a da Vinci approach include:
- Better clinical outcomes, in many cases
- Shorter hospital stay & faster recovery
- Significantly less pain
- Tiny incisions for minimal scarring
Kristine Pelagalli, MD also performs robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery and appreciates daVinci Si’s capabilities for procedures such as hysterectomies, or removal of the uterus, and myomectomies, or surgical removal of fibroid tumors that keeps the uterus intact for women who still want the option of future pregnancies.
Hysterectomies, the second most common operation for U.S. women, are often recommended to treat conditions such as: fibroid tumors, severe endometriosis, heavy uterine bleeding and certain gynecologic cancers.
“Patients who want to benefit from the latest technology will benefit from the da Vinci, which is the most up-to-date da Vinci in the greater Cleveland area,” says Dr. Pelagalli, who gave a talk on the Bionic Surgeon at the October HealthiHer retreat.