Hysterectomy, the surgical removal of the uterus, is the second most common surgery among women in the United States. Typically, with traditional surgery, this operation means a hospital stay of three days and up to six weeks of recovery time.
At McLaren Macomb, surgeons are getting women back to their normal routines faster using a superior robotic surgical system. With the hospital’s advanced daVinci® robotics, surgeons are able to make only small incisions in the patient’s abdomen.
That’s because the robotics platform has tiny instruments that replicate the movements of the human wrist, allowing the surgeon to make more precise, fine movements. These special instruments – in miniature scale – allow for an even greater range of motion than the human hand.
The system also projects a 3-D, high-definition image of what’s going on inside the body during the procedure. Surgeons say the image of the patient’s anatomy is actually clearer than with the naked eye.
Robotic tools help with even the most complicated surgeries for severe endometriosis or extensive pelvic scarring from a previous surgery.
With a robotically performed hysterectomy, patients can typically return to work in about two weeks.
“I’ve experienced great success with this robotics system. I’ve really noticed a huge difference in recovery time and the amount of pain for the patient. Overall, this system allows for much less bleeding, less tissue damage and a much lower risk of infection.”
- Dr. Stephen Olson, a board-certified specialist in obstetrics and gynecology
Surgeons at McLaren Macomb are also using robotic tools for:
Myomectomy – a procedure that allows a woman to have fibroids or tumors removed from the uterus without losing her ability to become pregnant.
The advanced robotic instruments are especially suited to this type of procedure, allowing the surgeon to make only a small incision in the abdomen.
Repair of prolapsed vaginal tissue – Surgeons can successfully repair the tissue with much less pain through tiny incisions in the abdomen or vagina.
Sacrolpopexy – a complex procedure to correct uterine prolapse. The procedure supports the uterus by suspending the walls of the vagina from the back of the pelvis. In the past, hysterectomy was the recommended for prolapse treatment, but today, most doctors recommend that the uterus be re-suspended. The minimally invasive procedure using the da Vinci system is the gold standard for this type of surgery.