A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of your uterus. Your doctor may recommend you have a hysterectomy if you have been diagnosed with:
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Fibroid tumors
- Pelvic prolapse
In the U.S., doctors perform approximately 600,000 hysterectomies a year, making it the second most common surgery for women.1 While this figure is lower in many other parts of the world, a hysterectomy is a common procedure.
Fortunately, there are more choices than ever before for the type of hysterectomy you have and the surgical approach (open, vaginal or laparoscopic).
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Women's Reproductive Health - Hysterectomy Fact Sheet". Available from: http://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/womensrh/00-04-FS_Hysterectomy.htm
Risks specific to minimally invasive surgery, including da Vinci Surgery, include but are not limited to, one or more of the following: temporary pain/nerve injury associated with positioning; temporary pain/discomfort from the use of air or gas in the procedure; a longer operation and time under anesthesia and conversion to another surgical technique. If your doctor needs to convert the surgery to another surgical technique, this could result in a longer operative time, additional time under anesthesia, additional or larger incisions and/or increased complications.
Patients who are not candidates for non-robotic minimally invasive surgery are also not candidates for da Vinci® Surgery. Patients should talk to their doctor to decide if da Vinci Surgery is right for them. Patients and doctors should review all available information on non-surgical and surgical options in order to make an informed decision. For Important Safety Information, including surgical risks, indications, and considerations and contraindications for use, please also refer to www.davincisurgery.com/safety and www.intuitivesurgical.com/safety. Unless otherwise noted, all people depicted are models.
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