Although I've not yet had the daVinci performed, my experience was my first doctor indicated my fibroid(s) too large for LAVH or RALH (but he didn't do RALH's and, frankly, thought the procedure was more of a sideshow than anything). I saw a doctor credentialled in the daVinci technique and she poo-poo'ed the first doctor and said, "no problem - you're an excellent candidate!" A lot seems to have to do with one's physical size (slender is better than not) rather than the size of the uterus/fibroid.
I think if you look hard enough, you'll likely find a surgeon that will meet your needs. The most important thing, IMHO, is not necessarily the technique the surgeon may employ (there's always the possibility of having to convert to an open abdominal) but your comfort level with the surgeon; after all, that individual will be holding your life in his/her hands during the surgery.
Thanks G ... just made the appointment for the Da Vinci doc!
I found this right here on the HS site under "Hysterectomy Options" and am very encouraged ...
Description of procedure: The surgeon uses da Vinci® surgical equipment to remove uterus, tubes, ovaries, lymph nodes (as indicated by medical need) through 5 small incisions: one directly above/below navel, two on right, two on left. This is an excellent option for you if you have access to a practiced da Vinci surgeon. Patient's weight, diagnosis, size of uterus does not seem to alter possibility of this surgery option.
I hope things are going well for you ... big HUGS HUGS HUGS right back!
My first dr. told me I couldn't have a daVinci because of cancer diagnosis. He didn't do the procedure and I found out just in the nick of time that this wasn't / isn't true.
Come to the patient story chat next week. I'll be telling my story and we'll have daVinci representatives there to answer questions. There's some links to the agenda and also a thread so we can get an idea in advance of questions sisters are interested in hearing about.
G. - are you talking about the chat on July 29? I've put it on my calendar. Look forward to hearing your story and learning more.
I think the biggest thing I've learned so far is not to put down your head and just get through it (which is my normal coping style), but to keep it up and looking around and be smart about next steps. So thank you for your encouragement, it means a lot to me!
Thanks for this info. I am hoping to have my surgery done using Da Vincie. I was really hoping to hear more on the Da Vinci method on the 29th but will be unable. Do you know whether they will have a transript available after?