Finding out you need to undergo a hysterectomy is a scary thought because a hysterectomy sounds like a major procedure. However, Nathan Mordel, MD, and the team at Atlanta Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Center (AMIGS) in Atlanta use advanced robotic technology to carry out minimally invasive hysterectomies. Most women can have this surgery as outpatients and return to normal life far more quickly than they might expect. Find out more by calling Atlanta Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Center or book an appointment online.
There are a variety of ways a hysterectomy procedure can be performed (in the absence of cancer) and the approach depends on the size of the uterus, the patient’s history of previous abdominal surgeries, and indications for the procedure, as well as the surgeon’s level of skill and comfort.
Abdominal hysterectomy and vaginal hysterectomy are the standard of care and involve up to two nights in the hospital. The definitive minimally-invasive solution is provided by outpatient laparoscopic hysterectomy or robotic hysterectomy.
Most of the cases seen at Atlanta Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Center are performed laparoscopically, even when the uterus is very large. Robot-assisted surgery is the most advanced method of carrying out laparoscopic hysterectomy.
You undergo robotic hysterectomy under general anesthesia, so you’ll be asleep throughout the procedure. Your gynecologist operates using the da Vinci® Surgical System from a surgeon console using computer technology and a live camera feed to guide the robot.
The camera relays a 3D, high-definition view of the inside of your body, magnified to enable your surgeon to make precise incisions. The da Vinci robot receives information in real-time from the surgeon console, performing the exact actions of the surgeon but with a precision not possible by hand.
Using robot-assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy, it’s possible to remove your uterus through four tiny incisions, each ¼-½ of an inch long.
Robotic technology enables gynecologists to perform the most precise, minimally invasive hysterectomy available today. For most women, hysterectomy using the da Vinci system offers many benefits over traditional open surgery, including:
These advantages make the robotic approach to hysterectomy preferable for most patients unless there are specific reasons why a different approach should be used. Patients are typically able to go home the same day and return to normal life in just two weeks.
Find out more about the benefits of robot hysterectomy by calling Atlanta Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Center or book an appointment online.