A Hysterectomy is a procedure where all or part of the uterus must be removed in order to rectify vaginal prolapse, excessive bleeding, or the formation of cancerous cells. A hysterectomy is not a small procedure and therefore is always the last result. A hysterectomy can be done in two main ways; through an open procedure, and through a minimally invasive procedure.
Open hysterectomy involves the surgeon making a 5-7 inch cut on one’s abdomen and then removing the uterus through that. The minimally invasive laparoscopic technique involves making small incisions on one’s abdomen and using a camera to help remove the uterus optimally without disturbing neighboring organs.
Hysteroscopic and Robotic Myomectomy
Submucosal fibroids that enter into the uterine cavity are usually removed using a hysteroscopic myomectomy. Before a hysteroscopic myomectomy, individuals are placed under anesthesia since the procedure can take several hours.
After the anesthetic has been administered, a hysteroscope is inserted through the vagina into the uterus. A hysteroscope is a special light device that has a camera attached to it. Along with giving images to the surgeon, this device has wires that can have electricity passed through them. This allows the device to easily cut through the fibroids.
Hysteroscopic myomectomy can also be done robotically using a da Vinci Si. Since the doctor will be getting a high definition view of the surgical site which is significantly magnified, the procedure can be done in a cleaner fashion and result in less recovery time and pain afterwards.
Laparoscopic and Robotic myomectomy
A laparoscopic myomectomy is a procedure that is carried out to remove fibroids from one’s uterus. Fibroids (also called leiomyomas) are noncancerous growths that occur in the uterus and they may cause heavy periods, pain, and limit fertility. Fibroids do not have a known cause but heredity may have a lot to do with it.
A laparoscopic myomectomy is a noninvasive procedure in which the surgeon will make small incisions near the belly button to insert a laparoscopic camera. The camera will then be used to guide the doctor on where the fibroids are located. Finally, the fibroids will be removed using specialized medical tools.
A robotic myomectomy occurs in much the same way, except the doctor has the assistance of a da Vinci Si, which is essentially a robot. The surgeon controls the robot through its console, and the cameras and extreme precision of the robot offers allows doctors to remove the fibroids by making smaller cuts and producing less overall bleeding.