The open hysterectomy is the most common alternate related treatment to da Vinci Robotic Hysterectomy. This traditional surgical procedure removes the uterus or part of the uterus through an incision in the abdomen about six to eight inches long. This is when this traditional treatment is most commonly used over other hysterectomy procedures:
- The fallopian tubes and ovaries are also being removed
- The uterus is enlarged
- Endometriosis or cancer has spread to the pelvic cavity
The vaginal hysterectomy, another related treatment, may be recommended for certain women. In this procedure, the woman’s uterus is removed through the vaginal opening. No external incision must be made. These are the reasons when this procedure is most often used:
- Uterine prolapse
- Vaginal repairs must be completed for related conditions
Finally, the laparoscope-assisted vaginal hysterectomy (LAVH) is another minimally invasive related treatment to the da Vinci robotic hysterectomy. In this procedure, the surgeons makes tiny incisions and threads a small tube with a camera to the uterus. The uterus is removed through the tube or through the vagina.
Regardless of the type of procedure, hysterectomy is the second most common major operation in women of childbearing age. In fact, more than 600,000 hysterectomies are performed in the US every year.
Doctors at Florida Hospital recommend specific procedures based on the patient’s goals, history, health and specific condition. See if you are a candidate.