Four Recovery Tips for Robotic Hysterectomy Surgery
During a robotic hysterectomy, the surgeon uses computer and robotic technology to pass the instruments through one or more small abdominal incisions. The computer creates a clear, magnified 3D view for even greater precision and control during the minimally invasive hysterectomy.
Board-certified physician Dr. Samantha Schoenhaus and her healthcare team in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV can go over the procedure and recovery if you are considering robotic hysterectomy surgery at Essential Women's Health Associates.
What is a robotic hysterectomy?
Unlike a traditional hysterectomy, a robotic hysterectomy requires only a tiny incision placed around the rim of your belly button. In virtually all cases, the entire hysterectomy can be performed via a tiny incision. However, on rare occasions, an added three or four other small incisions might be used if other surgical instruments are needed to complete the procedure.
A surgeon inserts robotic arms into the incision using a video camera. The 3D video supplies complete guidance so that the robotic arms can effectively conduct the surgical procedure. Once the uterus is detached from the surrounding tissue, it is removed through the vagina. The effective process ensures that very little tissue is destroyed, which helps with recovery time and reduces discomfort during the healing process.
A robotic hysterectomy is used to remove the entire uterus and cervix or for a partial hysterectomy, which involves only removing the uterus. The procedure usually takes only one and a half to two and a half hours to complete.
Unlike a traditional hysterectomy, the recovery time following a robotic hysterectomy is shorter. Most patients also report feeling less pain. Full recovery usually takes place in only 3 – 4 weeks.
Women who experience problems with their uterus and are unresponsive to other treatment options might benefit from a robotic hysterectomy.
Common reasons for a robotic hysterectomy include:
- Noncancerous tumors
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Uterine prolapse
- Abnormal uterine bleeding
Benefits of a robotic hysterectomy
The benefits of a robotic hysterectomy include:
- Smaller incision compared to traditional hysterectomy procedures
- Little blood loss
- Less pain
- Faster and easier recovery
- Smaller incision and reduced likelihood of scarring
- Shorter hospital stays
- Reduces risk of infection
Possible risks of a robotic hysterectomy
As with all surgical procedures, there are some risks that can occur with a robotic hysterectomy.
- Damage to the bladder
- Blood clots
- Reaction to anesthesia
Recovery tips following robotic hysterectomy surgery
Here are four tips to help you recover if you have undergone a robotic hysterectomy surgery.
- Focus on eating a healthy diet and drinking lots of fluids to stay hydrated.
- Try to sleep at least eight hours per night following the surgery and more if you still feel tired. Consider taking pain medication before going to sleep for a more restful and comfortable night.
- Keep the incision dry for a few days following the robotic hysterectomy surgery. Always make sure you are following your doctor’s instructions about bathing or showering and wound care.
- Continue walking and slowly resume your normal day-to-day activities. Do not strain or lift more than 20 pounds following surgery for at least six weeks.
Most patients are allowed to return to work about two weeks following the robotic hysterectomy surgery. Dr. Schoenhaus and her team will typically have you return to her Las Vegas or Henderson, NV office for a follow-up checkup and to ensure your healing process is progressing nicely with no problems.
Learn about robotic hysterectomy in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.
Robotic technology allows a surgeon to carry out a minimally invasive hysterectomy. With a robotic hysterectomy, patients typically report less pain and a faster recovery time than a traditional hysterectomy. If you feel that you might require a robotic hysterectomy or would like to learn more about the procedure, schedule a consultation with Dr. Samantha Schoenhaus at Essential Women’s Health Associates at the offices in Las Vegas or Henderson, NV.