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Confused: Difference between Robotic LAVH and DaVinci Confused: Difference between Robotic LAVH and DaVinci

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Unread 09-27-2011, 10:15 AM
Confused: Difference between Robotic LAVH and DaVinci

Okay, I am now completely confused! I just talked to the nurse who said I was having a robotic assisted LAVH and I said you mean a DaVinci? and she was like "a what??" so obviously they are not the same??? She said it was a 4-6 week recovery.
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Unread 09-27-2011, 11:06 AM
Re: Confused: Difference between Robotic LAVH and DaVinci

No, the robot is the davinci. The nurse maybe just doesn't know the terminology. If it's robot assisted, that's the davinci. Without the davinci robot, it's just LAVH. So it is a bit confusing as to which she meant if she called it an LAVH. The Dr should clarify it for you. You would think the nurse would know, but sounds like she's just repeating without knowing what it means.
Unread 09-27-2011, 12:32 PM
Re: Confused: Difference between Robotic LAVH and DaVinci

daVinci is the brand name of the robot/system; the surgery is technically robot-assisted. It's like calling all sticky notes Post-It Notes, when Post-It notes is just the well-known brand name.

Not everyone uses the terms interchangeably, that's probably why the nurse wasn't familiar with the name.

A LAVH (lap-assisted vaginal hysterectomy) *can* be laparoscopically-assisted by a robot. But do check with your doctor for clarification!

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