Robotic surgery is all the rage now. Why? It’s all about small versus large incisions, that is. Traditional gynecological surgery during the last twenty years meant anywhere from a five to twelve-inch incision for most abdominal hysterectomies. Now, with Davinci Robotic Surgery, three or four 8-10 millimeter incisions are made to gain access to the reproductive organs – the uterus, tubes, and ovaries. Years ago, after my patients underwent an abdominal hysterectomy, they remained in the hospital for 4-5 days and stayed at home for 4-6 weeks before returning to work. Now, with hysterectomies being performed with very small incisions with robotic assistance, most patients stay overnight in the hospital then go home the following day with less pain and discomfort. It’s not uncommon to return to work two weeks after surgery. Not all hysterectomies can be done laprascopically, but, if possible, minimally invasive surgery is definitely the way to go!
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