Parkridge Health System - October 03, 2019

Understanding hysterectomy and when a robotic hysterectomy is an option

More than 600,000 hysterectomies are performed each year in the United States. In fact, by 60 years of age, more than one-third of all women have had a hysterectomy.

Why is a hysterectomy performed?

Several reasons – including issues caused by uterine fibroids, pelvic inflammatory disease, uterine prolapse, endometriosis and cancer – can cause complications that require a surgical procedure to remove the uterus, also known as a hysterectomy.

Should I have a hysterectomy?

One of the first questions you might be asking yourself is if you should, in fact, undergo a hysterectomy. This is a decision that should be made based on your individual health needs and the guidance of your doctor.

Consider how the procedure will impact your life and health, as well as how your medical condition is affecting your quality of life or even life expectancy.

If you have been diagnosed with cancer, for example, a hysterectomy could save your life. In another situation, if you are experiencing heavy bleeding, severe endometriosis and/or sagging of the uterus, a hysterectomy can restore your quality of life.

When is robotic hysterectomy an option?

In the past, hysterectomies were complicated procedures that required significant incisions and a long recovery time. In many cases today, there are less invasive options that allow women to recover more quickly.

A robotic hysterectomy is one such option—and rest assured, the robot isn't performing the surgery. Instead, the robotic instruments simply make movements within the body in spaces that a surgeon's hand and fingers could not access. The robot is guided in real-time by the surgeon, who views the surgical area through a high-definition camera display.

There are many benefits of robotic procedures. This may include:

  • Shortened surgical duration
  • Less invasive nature
  • Improved safety
  • Smaller incisions
  • Less scarring
  • Decreased pain

However, one of the biggest benefits is the recovery time. Most women who undergo a robotic-assisted hysterectomy are able to recover faster and return to normal activity in a quicker manner.

But it's important to remember that only your doctor can determine whether a robotic procedure is right for you, so consult with him or her about your options.

Parkridge East Hospital is committed to providing a wide range of women's health services, including robotic hysterectomy, so that community members can find high-quality care close to home!