A wide variety of both cancerous and noncancerous conditions can affect a woman's reproductive system.
Common noncancerous gynecologic conditions such as fibroids (growths in the uterine wall), endometriosis (growths of the uterine lining), and prolapse (falling or slipping of the uterus) can cause chronic pain and heavy bleeding, as well as other disabling symptoms. If you suffer from one of these conditions or if you have early stage gynecologic cancer your doctor may recommend a hysterectomy, the surgical removal of your uterus.
At Carilion Clinic, we now offer minimally invasive da Vinci® Hysterectomy. This procedure uses a state-of-the art surgical system designed to help your doctor perform the most precise and least invasive hysterectomy available today.
A common alternative to hysterectomy for fibroids is myomectomy, the surgical removal of fibroid tumors and a procedure considered standard-of-care for removing fibroids and preserving the uterus. It therefore may be recommended for women who wish to become pregnant.
Myomectomy is most often performed through a large abdominal incision. After removing each fibroid, the surgeon repairs the uterus to minimize potential bleeding, infection, and scarring. Proper repair is critical to reducing the risk of uterine rupture during a future pregnancy.
If your doctor recommends surgery to treat uterine fibroids, you may be a candidate for a uterine-preserving, minimally invasive procedure—da Vinci® Myomectomy. Using the most advanced technology available, da Vinci® Myomectomy enables surgeons to perform this delicate operation with unmatched precision, vision, and control using only a few small incisions.
da Vinci® Hysterectomy and Myomectomy offer you numerous potential benefits over traditional surgical approaches, including:
- Significantly less pain
- Less blood loss and need for transfusion
- Less risk of infection
- Shorter hospital stay
- Quicker recovery and return to normal activities
- Small incisions for minimal scarring
- Less time between surgery and follow-up treatments
- Better outcomes and patient satisfaction