da Vinci Single Incision Hysterectomy

Minimally Invasive Hysterectomy Options

<em>da Vinci</em> Hysterectomy Incision Comparison

Vaginal Hysterectomy – A vaginal hysterectomy is done through a cut in your vagina. The surgeon operates through this incision and closes it with stitches once the uterus is removed.

Traditional Laparoscopy – With traditional laparoscopy, your surgeon operates through a few small incisions in your abdomen using long instruments and a tiny camera. The camera sends images to a monitor in the operating room to guide doctors as they operate. Your uterus can also be removed through a single incision in the belly button.

da Vinci Multi-port Hysterectomy – With the da Vinci Surgical System, your doctor operates through a few small incisions (multi-port surgery) – similar to traditional laparoscopy. The da Vinci System features wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human wrist. The da Vinci System also features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system that allows surgeons to see key anatomy with depth and clarity. As a result, da Vinci enables your surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control.

da Vinci®Single-Site®Surgery – Your uterus can also be removed through a small incision in your belly button using da Vinci Single-Site® Surgery. This technology allows for virtually scarless results. da Vinci Single-Site is performed for benign (non-cancerous) conditions.

da Vinci is a minimally invasive approach that uses the latest in surgical and robotics technologies. Your surgeon is 100% in control of the da Vinci System, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body.


Types of Hysterectomy

There are many types of hysterectomy performed, depending on your diagnosis and overall health. All hysterectomies involve removal of the uterus. What can vary are which reproductive organs and tissues may also be removed. Types of hysterectomy include:

  • Partial or subtotal hysterectomy: This procedure, also known as a supracervical hysterectomy, involves removing the uterus, but leaving the cervix intact. This decision is often based upon patient preference.
  • Total hysterectomy: This procedure involves removing the uterus and cervix. The vagina remains entirely intact. This is the most common type of hysterectomy performed.
  • Removal of fallopian tubes and ovaries: These organs may or may not be removed during your hysterectomy. This will depend on your condition, age, overall health and personal preference. Removal of the ovaries is called an oophorectomy. Removal of fallopian tubes and ovaries is called a salpingo-oophorectomy.