Hysterectomies have come a long way. Know your options and get the latest facts. If your doctor recommends a hysterectomy to remove your uterus, minimally invasive da Vinci Surgery may be an option for you instead of open surgery through a large incision.
Why da Vinci Surgery?
With the da Vinci System, your surgeon may be able to perform the hysterectomy through a few small abdominal incisions, similar to traditional laparoscopy, or through your belly button (Single-Site® technology*).
The da Vinci System is robotically-assisted and provides surgeons with:
3D HD view inside your body
Wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand
Enhanced vision, precision and control
As a result of its technology, da Vinci Hysterectomy offers the following potential benefits compared to open surgery:
Lower rate of complications1,2,3
Shorter hospital stay1,2,3,4
Less blood loss and less chance for a transfusion1,3,4
As a result of its technology, da Vinci Hysterectomy offers the following potential benefits compared to traditional laparoscopy:
Lower rate of complications1,5
Shorter hospital stay1,2,4,5,6,7
Less blood loss and less chance for a transfusion1,2,4,7,8
Less chance of surgeon switching to open surgery2,5
As a result of da Vinci technology, da Vinci Hysterectomy offers the following potential benefits as compared to vaginal surgery:
Shorter hospital stay2,4
Less blood loss2,4
da Vinci Hysterectomy is the #1 minimally invasive hysterectomy performed in the U.S.9
To find a surgeon in your area who performs da Vinci Surgery, use this Surgeon Locator.
The da Vinci System has brought minimally invasive surgery to more than 2.5 million patients worldwide.
*da Vinci Single-Site is available for benign (non-cancerous) hysterectomy.
Risks & Considerations Related to Hysterectomy, Benign (removal of the uterus and possibly nearby organs): injury to the ureters (ureters drain urine from the kidney into the bladder), vaginal cuff problems (scar tissue in vaginal incision, infection, bacterial skin infection, pooling/clotting of blood, incision opens or separates), injury to bladder (organ that holds urine), bowel injury, vaginal shortening, problems urinating (cannot empty bladder, urgent or frequent need to urinate, leaking urine, slow or weak stream), abnormal hole from the vagina into the urinary tract or rectum, vaginal tear or deep cut. Uterine tissue may contain unsuspected cancer. The cutting or morcellation of uterine tissue during surgery may spread cancer, and decrease the long-term survival of patients.
1. Ho C, Tsakonas E, Tran K, Cimon K, Severn M, Mierzwinski-Urban M, Corcos J, Pautler S. “Robot-Assisted Surgery Compared with Open Surgery and Laparoscopic Surgery: Clinical Effectiveness and Economic Analyses.” Ottawa (ON): Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health; 2011 Sep.
2. Landeen, Laurie B., MD, MBA, Maria C. Bell, MD, MPH, Helen B. Hubert, MPH, PhD, Larissa Y. Bennis, MD, Siri S. Knutsten-Larsen, MD, and Usha Seshari-Kreaden, MSc. "Clinical and Cost Comparisons for Hysterectomy via Abdominal, Standard Laparoscopic, Vaginal and Robot-assisted Approaches." South Dakota Medicine 64.6 (2011): 197-209. Print.
3. Geppert B, Lönnerfors C, Persson J. “Robot-assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy in obese and morbidly obese women: surgical technique and comparison with open surgery.” Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 90.11 (2011): 1210-1217. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0412.2011.01253.x. Epub.
4. Martino, Martin A., MD, Elizabeth A. Berger, DO, Jeffrey T. McFetridge, MD, Jocelyn Shubella, BS, Gabrielle Gosciniak, BA, Taylor Wejkszner, BA, Gregory F. Kainz, DO, Jeremy Patriarco, BS, M. B. Thomas, MD, and Richard Boulay, MD. "A Comparison of Quality Outcome Measures in Patients Having a Hysterectomy for Benign Disease: Robotic vs. Non-robotic Approaches." Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology 21.3 (2014): 389-93. Web.
5. Scandola, Michele, Lorenzo Grespan, Marco Vicentini, and Paolo Fiorini. "Robot-Assisted Laparoscopic Hysterectomy vs Traditional Laparoscopic Hysterectomy: Five Metaanalyses." Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology 18.6 (2011): 705-15. Print.
6. Wright, Jason D., Cande V. Ananth, Sharyn N. Lewin, William M. Burke, Yu-Shiang Lu, Alfred I. Neugut, Thomas J. Herzog, and Dawn L. Hershman. "Robotically Assisted vs Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Among Women With Benign Gynecologic Disease." Jama 309.7 (2013): 689-98. Print.
7. Orady, Mona, Alexander Hrynewych, A. Karim Nawfal, and Ganesa Wegienka. "Comparison of Robotic-Assisted Hysterectomy to Other Minimally Invasive Approaches." JSLS, Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons 16.4 (2012): 542-48. Print.
8. Rosero, Eric B., Kimberly A. Kho, Girish P. Joshi, Martin Giesecke, and Joseph I. Schaffer. "Comparison of Robotic and Laparoscopic Hysterectomy for Benign Gynecologic Disease." Obstetrics & Gynecology 122.4 (2013): 778-86. Print.
9. Inpatient data: Agency for Healthcare, Research and Quality (AHRQ). Outpatient data: Solucient® Database - Truven Health Analytics. da Vinci data: Intuitive Surgical internal estimates. 2014
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 http://www.daVinciSurgery.com/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 incision-site hernia with single-incision surgery, including Single-Site surgery with the da Vinci System.