Obstetrics and Gynecology

da Vinci Hysterectomy

A da Vinci® hysterectomy is a robot-assisted, minimally invasive procedure used to remove a woman's uterus.

The procedure uses unique technology known as the da Vinci Surgical System that offers patients a minimally invasive treatment option for complex hysterectomies.

Compared to traditional open surgery, a da Vinci hysterectomy requires only a few tiny incisions, providing all the benefits of a minimally invasive approach – shorter hospital stays, faster recovery, less pain, blood loss and scarring, fewer complications and a faster return to normal activities.

The robot technology also provides surgeons highly controlled surgical instruments that offer the precision and flexibility needed to perform complex, delicate hysterectomies – procedures that can be difficult or impossible with traditional laparoscopic surgery instruments.

A da Vinci hysterectomy enables women with complex conditions – who might otherwise have required open surgery – to have a minimally invasive procedure instead.

How It Works

In a da Vinci hysterectomy, the surgeon performs the procedure with the help of thin robotic arms inserted into tiny, 1 to 2 centimeter incisions. These robotic arms replicate the exact movements of the surgeon's hands, wrists and fingers, moving tiny instruments inside the patient with greater dexterity, precision and control than possible with the human hand. While known as robot-assisted surgery, every surgical maneuver is performed by the surgeon.

The surgeon controls these robotic arms while sitting at a console a few feet away from the patient, viewing a high-definition, highly magnified, 3D image of the surgical area. The visibility and detail provided are far greater than that available through either open or laparoscopic surgery.