Your Austin ObGyn Offers Leading Edge Options for Hysterectomy
When your ObGyn recommends hysterectomy, either for preventative or therapeutic reasons, you will have many questions and concerns. Our clinical care team understands the emotions that surround a hysterectomy, and we will prepare you to make an informed decision. We begin with reassurances that today’s hysterectomy can and should be offered as a minimally invasive procedure.
Hysterectomy, or the surgical removal of a woman’s uterus, may be necessary when one or more of the following occurs:
- Cancer of the uterus, ovary, cervix or endometrium
- Uncontrollable bleeding
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Uterine prolapse
Nearly 600,000 hysterectomies occur each year, making it the second most common women’s surgery after cesarean section. Once we have determined that a hysterectomy is appropriate, your ObGyn will discuss the best surgical option for your unique situation.
Your Options for Surgical Hysterectomy
New techniques for hysterectomies continue to evolve, giving women more alternatives than ever. Your grandmother or mother may have experienced open surgery, with a large incision across the abdomen and nearly two months of recovery time.
Minimally Invasive Robotic Laparoscopic Hysterectomy
Today, your ObGyn performs robotic-assisted surgery, including a new single-incision option that allows you the same excellent outcome and prompt return to regular activities after hysterectomy, but now with a virtually invisible scar.
With experience, the da Vinci® Surgical System enhances a surgeon’s precision by enhancing visualization and dexterity. The console that the surgeon utilizes provides a 3D view of the surgical area, and proprietary tools remove the slightest chance of tremor normally present in the human hand.
With the Single Site approach, the incision site is small (about two-fingers’ width) and the Single Site surgical port is soft and pliable. Patients can expect a reduced recovery time, and minimal pain in the days and weeks after hysterectomy – all through one incision hidden in the umbilicus (belly button).
To summarize, the benefits of robotic hysterectomy include:
- Enhancing surgical skills with a leading-edge software enhanced system that essentially equips your gynecologic surgeon with as many or as few arms (and incisions) are needed to safely complete your surgery – up to four arms.
- Range of motion, specifically the ability to bend and rotate like a human wrist
- Creating opportunities to zoom-in on the surgical field, and scrutinize cysts, endometriosis and fibroids from enhanced 3D visualization better than the human eye.
- The Single Site platform offers better “triangulation”, a three-pronged ergonomic approach, which affords the surgeon a better and safer angle on the area he or she is targeting.
Will I need open surgery?
In 2005, women could expect to have a large belly incision about 68 percent of the time. The rate has dropped to 30 percent thanks to the new robotic platform. At Renaissance Women’s Group, only 1-2 percent of hysterectomies will require an open surgery.
With traditional open surgery (including hysterectomies, removal of fibroids and pelvic floor surgery), women routinely experience six weeks of recovery time and significant post-operative pain. Renaissance Women’s Group offers single incision robotic surgery, after which our patients routinely report feeling almost completely recovered after just one to two weeks.
Single Incision Hysterectomy
Most ObGyns trained in vaginal and abdominal hysterectomy, and laparoscopic techniques for advanced options. Every doctor at Renaissance Women’s Group has further training in robotic surgery; Dr. Devin Garza performed the first single incision robotic hysterectomies in Austin, and among the first in the U.S.
Not every patient will be a candidate for a single incision hysterectomy, but many will find that they can opt for this modern choice.
An ObGyn can perform the minimally invasive technique described above without the robotic system. Laparoscopic surgery involves 3-5 tiny incisions and the use of an endoscope, a lighted camera with images projected onto a 2-D video screen and a range of surgical tools. Like robotic surgery, laparoscopic surgery for hysterectomy is performed while the patient is under general anesthesia.
Simply put: Minimally invasive surgery and robotic surgery greatly reduces the time it takes to feel like yourself again.
Non-Surgical Options for Treating Gynecologic Conditions
The extent of your symptoms will help decide the treatment approach. Some women choose to first explore non-surgical options, such as hormonal therapies, to manage the pain and discomfort of their conditions.
Non-surgical treatments for uterine fibroids, heavy bleeding or endometriosis result in an approximate 30 percent failure rate, so amendments to the treatment plan may become necessary over time. In addition, depending on the pathology, how many fibroids or cysts are present, and the size of the growths, your ObGyn may recommend surgery for the diagnostic and treatment benefits.
What to Expect with Surgery for Hysterectomy
Renaissance Women’s Group – an Austin ObGyn practice – has surgical credentialing at North Austin Hospital, the flagship of the Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery.
The number of incisions and surgical approach you will require depends on the complexity of your case. For example, women with a fibroid tumor that gives them the appearance of a 6-month pregnancy will likely need multiple incisions to remove the enlarged uterus.
You will schedule your hysterectomy with guidance and support from our Renaissance Women’s Group staff. We are available to help determine insurance benefits and to answer any concerns you may have about the procedure.
Recovery time can be as little as one week, or up to six weeks. Our ObGyn team is uniquely qualified to offer you the very best opportunity to enjoy a speedy recovery from hysterectomy, and the best possible outcome.
Please feel free to contact our scheduling office to learn more about surgical and non-surgical options for hysterectomy at Renaissance Women’s Group. We are one of the few ObGyn clinics in Austin to offer single incision hysterectomy.