All Posts tagged da vinci robotic hysterectomy buffalo

Robotic Hysterectomies. Your Common Questions and Concerns Addressed.

Robotic Hysterectomies. Your Common Questions and Concerns Addressed.

A hysterectomy is an operation in which a woman’s uterus is surgically removed. This may be necessary as a form of treating cancer, uterine prolapse, or other dangerous diseases or medical conditions. Commonly, a laparoscopic hysterectomy is performed as a less invasive procedure using a lighted scope inserted through small incisions. Today, thanks to advances in modern medicine, an alternate form of laparoscopic surgery is available that in many cases speeds recovery and limits discomfort even more—and it involves, robotics.

What is a Robotic Hysterectomy

In robotic-assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy, a surgeon controls the surgical operating instruments using a computer located within the operating room. The benefit to computer-assisted operations is in the ability for all movements to be as steady and precise as possible. Robotics eliminate the possibility of human error, a possibility faced by even the most skilled and experienced surgeons. In addition, robotics allow surgeons to maneuver more precisely into tiny spaces, and with a better view of the area being operated on, again helping to improve accuracy and overall procedural success.

Robotic hysterectomies are typically done under general anesthesia. Commonly, three or four small incisions are made near the belly button. Gas is pumped into the belly to inflate the area and give the surgeon a better view of the interior region. The laparoscope is inserted into one of the abdominal incisions, while the surgical instruments are inserted into the others. Using the robotic controls, the surgeon cuts the uterus into pieces small enough to be removed through the abdominal incisions, or the uterus may be removed through the vagina. The entire procedure typically lasts between three and four hours.

When is a Robotic Hysterectomy Recommended?

Your surgeon may recommend a robotic hysterectomy for any of the following reasons:

  • It is a less invasive procedure compared to an open type of hysterectomy, requiring only small incisions.
  • It often produces less pain and results in a shorter hospital stay.
  • It typically results in an easier recovery.
  • There are fewer risks of complications such as excessive bleeding, or issues related to infection.

Are There Any Risks Involved?

As with any type of procedure, there are possible risks associated with a robotic hysterectomy. Talk to your OBGYN to understand the specific risk-factors that may impact you. In general, some of the risks associated with a robotic hysterectomy include:

  • A reaction to the anesthesia. Robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery usually takes longer than open surgeries. As a result, you are under anesthesia longer, which may increase your risk of complications.
  • Abdominal, or internal organ damage.
  • Blood clots that may form in your legs and travel to your lungs.
  • Infection.
  • Bleeding.

Other Important Factors

Talk to your OBGYN if any of the following additional risk factors may apply to you:

  • You or someone in your family has ever had a negative reaction to general anesthesia
  • You smoke
  • You are taking any other regular medications

For more information about robotic, versus open hysterectomies, talk to your OBGYN. If you are a candidate for a hysterectomy due to a medical condition, your doctor will help you decide the surgical format that will offer the best results in treating your condition. And Chouchani, Sayegh and Bagnarello MD offers robotic assisted hysterectomies featuring the Da Vinci Surgical System. For more information call our office today.


Who is a good candidate for robotic hysterectomy?

Did you know that other than the cesarean section, a hysterectomy is the most common surgical procedure performed on women? And what used to be an extremely invasive procedure can now be done robotically through small minor incisions.

What is a hysterectomy?

A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus.

Here are a few of the most common reasons why a woman would have a hysterectomy:

  • Benign fibroid tumors – Non-malignant tumors can grow and become large. This may inflict pressure on other organs. Fibroids can cause heavy bleeding and/or pelvic pain.
  • Cancerous tumors – About 10% of hysterectomies are performed to treat cancers such as cervical, ovarian, or endometrial.
  • Uterine prolapse – Uterine prolapse occurs when pelvic floor muscles and ligaments stretch and weaken, providing inadequate support for the uterus.
  • Endometriosis – When endometrial cells grow outside of the uterus they can attach themselves to other organs and bleed each month. A woman can experience pelvic pain, pain during sex, and prolonged or heavy bleeding.
  • Long-term abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Chronic pelvic pain

Are you a good candidate?

If you have any of the above conditions or symptoms, it’s important to talk with your doctor. Drs Chouchani, Sayegh and Bagnarello can help you determine the best course of action for your individual needs. It’s important to remember that for women who have not reached menopause, having a hysterectomy means that menstruation will no longer occur, and pregnancy will no longer be possible.

At Chouchani, Sayegh and Bagnarello we perform the Robotic Hysterectomy with the da Vinci®Surgical System. Using this cutting edge technology, we are able to dramatically decrease pain and speed up the recovery process. Through tiny, 1-2 cm incisions, our surgeons using the da Vinci System can operate with greater precision and control, minimizing the pain and risk associated with large incisions while increasing the likelihood of a fast recovery and excellent clinical outcomes.

Find out more about what you should expect before, during and after a robotic hysterectomy.

Are you a candidate for this type of surgery? Find out more about this amazing procedure. Or call our office at (716) 633-6363 for details.


Robotic Hysterectomy — What should you expect?

Earlier this month we featured an article about what a Robotic Hysterectomy is and why someone might need this surgery. In this article, we also covered the benefits and risks of this procedure. At Chouchani, Sayegh and Bagnarello we perform the Robotic Hysterectomy with the da Vinci®Surgical System – which means there are very small incisions and a quicker recovery time than traditional hysterectomies.