Understanding the Recovery Process Following Your da Vinci Robotically Assisted Hysterectomy

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The da Vinci Robotic Surgical System has made minimally invasive surgery applicable to more cases than ever before. In the past, women in need of a hysterectomy for cancer, uterine fibroids, or another illness had only the open surgical technique as an option. Now, they can enjoy the benefits of a treatment performed through only the tiniest surgical incisions. If you are planning on undergoing one of these procedures at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in the near-future, read on to learn more about what you may expect from your recovery process.

A Shorter Recovery Time
After an open abdominal hysterectomy, the recovery time typically takes four to six weeks on average. With the da Vinci Surgical System, smaller incisions are needed for the surgeon to gain access and visualization of the surgical site. For this reason, recovery times may be reduced to three or four weeks. The recovery period may depend on the reason for surgery and a variety of other factors; speak with your surgeon for more information about your own projected recovery time.

Reduced Surgical Complications
Before your procedure, the surgeon will carefully discuss with you the risks of a hysterectomy procedure. Fortunately, the accuracy and precision offered by the da Vinci Surgical System has often been associated with reduced trauma to organs and delicate structures surrounding the uterus, and therefore fewer surgical complications. In addition to fewer complications after surgery, women can also experience reduced pain after procedure and a shorter hospital stay when compared with traditional open surgical procedures.

If you undergo a robotically assisted procedure at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, you can be sure that your team of medical experts will support you throughout your treatment and recovery. You can learn more about the hysterectomy procedure and the benefits of da Vinci robotic surgery by contacting our medical staff today at (805) 497-2727.