Managing the pain and discomfort due to endometriosis, organ prolapse, or another pelvic condition can be difficult. The OB/GYNs at Virtuosa GYN in San Antonio, Texas have the compassion and expertise you want when it comes to women’s pelvic health. They provide minimally invasive options to help you heal. If you’re considering a hysterectomy but deterred by conventional approaches, the doctors at Virtuosa GYN excel in laparoscopic surgery featuring the da Vinci® robotics system. Call or schedule your consultation today to learn about your options.
A hysterectomy is a surgery to remove the uterus. It’s a common procedure that treats various conditions, including uterine fibroids and gynecological cancer.
A hysterectomy is performed to address various medical conditions, usually after a woman has completed her family, including:
A total hysterectomy removes the entire uterus, including the cervix. This procedure may also include removal of the Fallopian tubes and ovaries.
A supracervical hysterectomy removes the upper part of the uterus but leaves your cervix in place.
A radical hysterectomy is a total hysterectomy plus removal of other surrounding structures. A radical hysterectomy is used in cases of cancer.
At Virtuosa GYN, the doctors perform minimally invasive hysterectomies with precision, dexterity, control, and enhanced vision with the da Vinci® robotic system. This practice has completed over 850 robotics procedures in the past nine years.
After a consultation and evaluation with your doctor, she recommends the most beneficial type of hysterectomy for you. Before surgery, you receive non-opioid Exparel®, a long-lasting local anesthetic to numb the area.
Once you’re comfortable, your doctor makes 2-3 small incisions, about a half-inch in length, at specific sites on your abdomen. Through these incisions, she inserts tiny laparoscopic tools used to perform the surgery.
Your doctor uses the da Vinci robotic system to guide the laparoscopic tools to precise locations within your abdomen to remove the uterus and any additional structures. Surgery typically lasts 4-6 hours, and you usually return home the same day.
With minimally invasive robotic surgery, your tiny incisions heal more quickly with less risk of infection than with conventional procedures. Your doctor pre-injects Exparel to relieve pain and recommends nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) once you’re home.
Your doctor examines your incision sites during a follow-up visit to ensure you heal correctly. Typical laparoscopic hysterectomy recovery is 3-12 days. Once you’ve healed, you can return to work and discontinue using NSAIDs.
A minimally invasive hysterectomy may be a great solution for you. Call or schedule a consultation online today to discuss your options with Virtuosa GYN.