There are a variety of non-cancerous conditions that can affect a woman’s reproductive system (the uterus, vagina, ovaries, and fallopian tubes). Some common gynecological conditions include: fibroid, non-cancerous growths in the uterine wall; endometriosis, non-cancerous growths in the uterine lining; or prolapse, falling or slipping of the uterus.
Notify your doctor if you frequently experience any of the above conditions. Annual exams and pap smears can help diagnose conditions earlier to begin treatment methods.
Lifestyle changes, such as dieting or exercise, can sometimes help with gynecological symptoms related to the reproductive system. Most women who experience these symptoms however, are treated with a hysterectomy.
A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of a woman’s uterus. Hysterectomy may be complete, in which the surgeon removes the entire uterus, or partial, which could mean only removing the ovaries or fallopian tubes.
A hysterectomy can sometimes be performed through the vagina but, traditionally, abdominal hysterectomies are performed through an open surgery. Open surgery means a large incision, which may require weeks or months of recovery time, heavy pain and a higher risk of infection and blood loss. Another option, laparoscopic surgery, uses small cameras and extended tools and smaller cuts reducing recovery time.
With da Vinci robotic hysterectomy, surgeons are able to operate with better precision, dexterity and control. Patient advantages include:
- Significantly less pain
- Minimal blood loss and need for transfusion
- Fewer complications
- Shorter hospital stay
- Quicker recovery and return to normal activities
- Small incisions for minimal scarring