Your doctor may recommend surgery if you have been diagnosed with fibroid tumors, endometriosis, excessive menstrual bleeding, pelvic prolapse or cancer.
Gynecologic surgery is often performed using either traditional open surgery or minimally invasive surgery.
During an abdominal hysterectomy (open surgery), your uterus is removed through a large open incision. The incision must be large enough for your surgeon to see your organs and fit his/her hands and instruments inside your body.
An open surgery incision can be horizontal or vertical. Many women are familiar with the horizontal incision (also called a “bikini” incision) since it is commonly used for a C-section.
Minimally Invasive Surgery:
Laparoscopy: With traditional laparoscopy, your surgeon operates through a few small incisions using long instruments and a tiny camera to guide doctors during surgery. Your uterus may also be removed through a single incision in the belly button.
da Vinci® Surgery:
da Vinci Multi-Port Surgery: If you are considering gynecologic surgery, ask your doctor about minimally invasive da Vinci Surgery. da Vinci surgeons operate through a few small incisions instead of a large incision - similar to traditional laparoscopy. The da Vinci System provides your surgeon with a 3D HD® view inside your body. da Vinci has special wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human wrist. As a result, da Vinci enables your surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision and control.
State-of-the-art da Vinci uses the latest in surgical and robotics technologies for simple and complex procedures. Your doctor controls the da Vinci System, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body.
da Vinci Single-Site Surgery - da Vinci Single-Site hysterectomy is available for benign (non-cancerous) conditions. Your uterus can be removed minimally invasively through a small incision in your belly button. da Vinci Single-Site technology allows for virtually scarless results.
Learn more about da Vinci Surgery if you are facing:
- Uterine Fibroids
- Excessive Menstrual Bleeding
- Pelvic Prolapse
- Gynecologic Cancer
Important Safety Information: Serious complications may occur in any surgery, including da Vinci® Surgery, up to and including death. Individual surgical results may vary. Patients should talk to their doctor to decide if da Vinci Surgery is right for them. Patients and doctors should review all available information on non-surgical and surgical options in order to make an informed decision. Please also refer to daVinci safety for Important Safety Information.
When Is Single-Site Technology Used and What Are the Risks?: da Vinci Surgery with Single-Site® Instruments is cleared for use in gallbladder removal, and for hysterectomy and ovary removal for benign conditions. Patients who are not candidates for non-robotic minimally invasive surgery are also not candidates for da Vinci Surgery, including da Vinci Surgery with Single-Site Instruments. There may be an increased risk of an incision-site hernia with single-incision surgery, including Single-Site surgery with the da Vinci System.
Important Safety Information: This website does not provide medical advice. If you think you have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.
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If you have questions about the da Vinci® Surgical System or about surgical procedures conducted with the da Vinci Surgical System, consult a surgeon that has experience with the da Vinci Surgical System. A list of surgeons that have experience with the da Vinci Surgical System can be found in the Surgeon Locator.