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Surgical removal of the uterus, or hysterectomy, may be done for a number of different reasons but is typically the last treatment of choice for certain underlying conditions when other alternatives have failed. A woman will stop having menstrual periods and cannot become pregnant or give birth after undergoing a hysterectomy. The type of hysterectomy will depend on the reason for the surgery, patient’s health history, and other factors. A radical hysterectomy involves removing the entire uterus as well as surrounding tissue. This procedure is usually done to treat certain kinds of cancer. In a total hysterectomy, the entire uterus and cervix are removed. A partial, subtotal or supracervical hysterectomy requires removing the upper part of the uterus while the cervix is left in place.

Some patients may be a candidate for robotic surgery allowing your surgeon to operate through a smaller incisions rather than a large open incision, which helps to decrease the pain and lessen the recovery time. The difference in the da Vinci System is the magnified 3-D HD view. This feature, as well as the rotational qualities of small wristed instruments used in da Vinci, offer your surgeon increased vision, dexterity and control.

Some potential benefits to robotic surgery include:

  • Less pain
  • Decreased blood loss
  • Less scarring
  • Fewer complications
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Shorter recovery time
  • Faster return to normal daily activities

Please note the potential risks associated with hysterectomy procedures, including the da Vinci Single-Site Surgery: Injury to the ureters (ureters drain urine from the kidney into the bladder), vaginal cuff problem (replaces cervix), scar tissue in vaginal incision, infection, bacterial skin infection, pooling/clotting of blood, incision opens or separates, injury to bladder (organ that holds urine), bowel injury, vaginal shortening, problems urinating (cannot empty bladder, urgent or frequent need to urinate, leaking urine, slow or weak stream), abnormal hole from the vagina into the urinary tract or rectum and vaginal tear or deep cut. Some patients who undergo hysterectomy and have an undiagnosed form of cancer may risk having cancer cells spread if the uterus is cut into pieces for removal.

Only you and your doctor can decide if da Vinci is right for you.

All surgery presents risk, including da Vinci® Surgery and other minimally invasive procedures. Serious complications may occur in any surgery, up to and including death. Examples of serious and life-threatening complications, which may require hospitalization, include injury to tissues or organs; bleeding; infection, and internal scarring that can cause long-lasting dysfunction or pain. Temporary pain or nerve injury has been linked to the inverted position often used during abdominal and pelvic surgery. Patients should understand that risks of surgery include potential for human error and potential for equipment failure. Risk specific to minimally invasive surgery may include: a longer operative time; the need to convert the procedure to an open approach; or the need for additional or larger incision sites. Converting the procedure to open could mean a longer operative time, long time under anesthesia, and could lead to increased complications. Patients who bleed easily, have abnormal blood clotting, are pregnant or morbidly obese are typically not candidates for minimally invasive surgery, including da Vinci Surgery with Single-Site Instruments. Research suggests that there may be an increased risk of incision-site hernia with single-incision surgery. Potential risks include conversion to other surgical techniques and multiple incisions. Patients should talk to their doctors to decide if da Vinci is right for them. Visit for more detailed safety information. The implementation of a da Vinci Surgery program is practice- and hospital-specific. Results will vary. Past customer experience does not imply any guarantee of results in practice or program success. Unless otherwise noted, all people depicted are models. © 2014 Intuitive Surgical, Inc. All rights reserved. Product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders. PN 1003049 Rev B 5/14​

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