At Vidant Medical Center, we offer a minimally invasive robotic option for hysterectomy and sacrocolpopexy using the state-of-the-art da Vinci® Surgical System. As with any medical or surgical procedure, talk to your doctor about which approach is best for you.
Potential benefits of robotic-assisted surgery over open include:
- Less pain
- Less blood loss
- Fewer complications
- Less scarring
- Shorter hospital stay
- Faster return to normal activities
da Vinci Hysterectomy: Removal of the Uterus
A variety of conditions affect the uterus, or womb. Traditionally, many conditions affecting the uterus are treated with hysterectomy - the surgical removal of the uterus.
A hysterectomy may offer a life-saving treatment for serious conditions such as cancer or uncontrollable bleeding. In most cases, however, hysterectomy is an elective procedure performed to relieve chronic pain, bleeding or other disabling conditions. These may be caused by fibroids (noncancerous tumors), endometriosis (noncancerous growth of the uterine lining) or prolapse (falling or slipping of the uterus).
The da Vinci Surgical System provides the surgeon with a superior surgical tool for dissection and removal of lymph nodes during hysterectomies involving cancer as compared to traditional open or minimally invasive approaches. Surgeons can also better see anatomy with this system, which helps when working around delicate and confined structures such as the bladder.
da Vinci Sacrocolpopexy: Surgery for Uterine or Vaginal Vault Prolapse
Prolapse, or falling, of any pelvic floor organ (vagina, uterus, bladder or rectum) happens when the connective tissues or muscles within the body are no longer able to hold the pelvis in its natural position.
This weakening can happen as you age, after child birth, with weight gain or because of strenuous physical labor. Women who experience pelvic organ prolapse typically have trouble with urinary incontinence, vaginal ulcers, sexual dysfunction or having a bowel movement.
Sacrocolpopexy is a procedure to surgically correct vaginal vault prolapse where mesh is used to hold the vagina in the correct anatomical position. This procedure can also be performed following a hysterectomy to treat uterine prolapse to provide long-term support of the vagina.
Sacrocolpopexy has traditionally been an open surgery. A six- to 12-inch horizontal incision is made in the lower abdomen to reach the abdominal organs. By using the da Vinci Surgical System for this procedure, surgeons use small incisions to access the organs, creating an easier recovery and less risk of infection.
Ask your doctor if you are a candidate for one of these robotic-assisted gynecologic surgeries.
To refer a patient for robotic surgery, please call the Vidant ReferDirect number, 800-816-7264.