Why a Hysterectomy?

There are many conditions that can affect the uterus – the hollow, fist-sized organ that holds a baby during pregnancy – for which a woman might need to consider a hysterectomy. The most common benign (non-cancerous) conditions include:

  • Fibroids: growths in and/or around the uterus
  • Endometriosis: occurs when the uterine lining grows outside the uterus
  • Adenomyosis: occurs when the uterine lining grows into the wall of the uterus
  • Pelvic Prolapse: slipping of the uterus, vagina and/or bladder

These conditions can cause a variety of symptoms or no symptoms at all. However, some of the more common symptoms associated with these conditions include: pelvic pain, heavy bleeding, irregular periods, fatigue, unusual bloating, pain during intercourse and infertility.

If your symptoms are severe and non-surgical treatment options have been unsuccessful, your doctor may recommend a surgical option, such as hysterectomy (removal of the uterus). The procedure is very common in the U.S. and there are many options available.

What options are available?

If your doctor recommends that you have a hysterectomy, there are few different ways your uterus can be removed. Options include:

  • Vaginal: surgeon makes a cut in the vagina, removes uterus through this incision and closes it with stitches
  • Abdominal: surgeon removes uterus through an open incision large enough to fit his or her hands inside the body allowing them to see and touch organs
  • Laparoscopic: surgeon operates through a few small incisions in the abdomen using long-handled surgical instruments including an endoscope – a narrow tube with a camera at the end which send images to a video monitor in the operating room to guide the surgeon during the procedure
  • da Vinci Robotic: a state-of-the-art, minimally invasive option where surgeons make a few small incisions and use the da Vinci surgical system, equipped with a magnified 3D HD vision system and special instruments that bend and rotate far more than the human wrist, to perform surgery
Hysterectomy Incisions

If you plan to have a hysterectomy, ask your doctor about the da Vinci Surgical System.

Benefits of a da Vinci Hysterectomy

The da Vinci surgical system allows doctors to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control. This state-of-the-art system utilizes the latest in surgical and robotics technologies and is beneficial for performing complex and delicate surgery. Surgeons are 100% in control of the da Vinci system, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside the body. Surgeons have used the da Vinci system successfully worldwide in approximately 1.5 million various procedures.

da Vinci hysterectomy offer the following potential benefits when compared to traditional open (abdominal) surgery:

  • Less blood loss
  • Fewer complications
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Minimal scarring

And these potential benefits when compared to traditional laparoscopic surgery:

  • Less blood loss
  • Lower conversion rate to open surgery
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Less need for narcotic pain medicine

If you are interested in a da Vinci hysterectomy at St. Mark’s Hospital, call us at (801) 268-7111 to discuss your procedure.