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Hysterectomy and Robotic SurgeryMy doctor is recommending a robot-assisted hysterectomy. Is this the best choice for me?

When scheduling a hysterectomy, the skill and knowledge of the surgeon ought to be your key consideration, not the type of surgery. There are a number of tools and methods which can be used, but how successful your outcome will be is largely dependent on your surgeon's ability to treat your condition in an expert manner.

The robot is a tool, a piece of equipment that can be used during surgery. It does not think, it does not make any decisions, and it cannot do anything the surgeon does not tell it to do. It can, however, offer some benefits. It has much greater magnification which can be critical for some conditions. It has better dexterity than a human as its "hands" can turn 360°. This can allow your surgeon to get to tissues in tricky, hard to reach places. It can also "stand" longer while the surgeon sits, enabling the surgeon to perform longer and more complex surgeries more comfortably. The surgical methods that can be used with the robot can also lead to a quicker recovery, less pain, and less scarring than non-robotic surgeries.

While the robot can be helpful, the real key to successfully treating your condition is the surgeon's ability to use the chosen tools skillful for your diagnosis. This can be done with a robot, through a large abdominal incision, or using some other method. Each option will have pros and cons to consider, but, again, the most important factor is that your surgeon will be able to successfully treat your condition.

When choosing your surgeon and surgery type, there are some important questions you should ask:
  • How much experience do you have with the surgery type you are recommending for me?
  • Why do you feel this particular surgery type is best for me?
  • When performing a less invasive surgery type, how often have you had to convert to an open surgery?
  • What is your success rate for treating women with my condition?

Before making any final surgery decisions, seek a second opinion (and more if needed). A gynecological surgeon who practices minimally invasive surgery may be able to offer you the most successful surgical outcome regardless of the surgical tools used.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

08-17-2013 - 11:19 AM


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