In the past, the hysterectomy procedure was typically performed using open surgical techniques through a wide incision. Although this surgical approach allowed the surgeon full visualization of the surgical site, the open incision often resulted in long recovery periods and increased scarring. Now, with the development and introduction of da Vinci robotic surgical technology, the same procedure can be performed through incisions only centimeters in length. This new, revolutionary approach has provided hysterectomy patients with many benefits, including:
The wide incisions used in past hysterectomy procedures could often leave long scars. With the da Vinci surgical system, no long incisions are necessary. The entire procedure can be performed through tiny “keyhole” incisions that need to only be centimeters in length. These tiny incisions heal much faster and will typically result in a scar that is barely noticeable in comparison.
Reduced tissue damage
The da Vinci robotic surgical system’s advanced cameras allow physicians to visualize the surgical site magnified in three dimensions, providing them with a more precise image than can be had with the naked eye. This advanced monitoring, in combination with the increased dexterity of the robotic arms, allow for greater surgical precision around delicate body structures. This unparalleled accuracy results in reduced tissue damage, and therefore less pain, reduced blood loss, and a faster recovery.
Lower risk of infection
Thanks to the minimally invasive approach of the da Vinci hysterectomy, the patient is much less likely to suffer from post-operative complications. Because the incisions are so much smaller, they are not as exposed to dangerous pathogens and are at a reduced risk for infection.
Are you interested in learning more about robotic surgical technology? Contact the experts at Tulane Medical Center to find out more about the da Vinci surgical system and how it can be used to provide patients with better surgical outcomes—call today at (504) 988-5263.