When medication and other treatments are unable to relieve symptoms, hysterectomy is often recommended to provide a more effective, definitive and long-term solution for excessive menstrual bleeding. If you are considering or your doctor has recommended a hysterectomy, you are not alone - one in three women in the U.S. will have a hysterectomy before turning 60.1

da Vinci Hysterectomy Incision Comparison

While no woman wants to face surgery, today the vast majority of gynecologic conditions - from endometriosis to uterine fibroids, heavy menstrual bleeding to cancer - can now be treated effectively without a big incision. With da Vinci® Surgery, a hysterectomy requires only a few small incisions, so you can get back to life faster - within days rather than the usual weeks required with traditional surgery.

da Vinci Surgery enables gynecologists to perform the most precise, minimally invasive hysterectomy available today. For most women, da Vinci Hysterectomy offers numerous potential benefits over traditional open surgery, including:

  • Significantly less pain 5
  • Minimal blood loss and need for transfusion 6,7
  • Fewer complications7,8
  • Shorter hospital stay7,8
  • Quicker recovery and return to normal activities 4, 5
  • Small incisions for minimal scarring
  • Better outcomes and patient satisfaction, in many cases 6

Surpassing the limits of conventional laparoscopic surgery, da Vinci is revolutionizing gynecologic surgery for women. No wonder more and more women are choosing da Vinci Surgery for their hysterectomy.

If you have been putting off surgery to resolve a gynecologic problem, it may be time to ask your doctor about da Vinci Surgery.

While clinical studies support the effectiveness of the da Vinci® System when used in minimally invasive surgery, individual results may vary. Surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.

Are You a Candidate for da Vinci Surgery?

The following physicians are trained to use the da Vinci Surgical System at Lourdes for gynecological procedures:

Michael A. Shaw, MD

Michael A. Shaw, MD
Telephone: 607-770-7074

Only you and your doctor can decide if da Vinci Surgery may be right for you.

  1. http://www.womenshealth.gov/faq/hysterectomy.htm
  2. http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/partial+hysterectomy
  3. http://www.cancer.org/docroot/CRI/content/CRI_2_4_4X_Surgery_8.asp
  4. http://www.merck.com/mmhe/sec22/ch242/ch242b.html#sec22-ch242-ch242b-83
  5. http://www.nccn.org/patients/patient_gls/_english/_pain/2_assessment.asp
  6. http://www.merck.com/mmhe/sec22/ch252/ch252f.html?qt=pain%20during%20intercourse&alt=sh
  7. Boggess JF. Robotic surgery in gynecologic oncology: evolution of a new surgical paradigm. J Rob Surg 2007 1:31-3
  8. Payne TN, et al. A comparison of total laparoscopic hysterectomy to robotically assisted hysterectomy: surgical outcomes in a community practice. J Minim Invasive Gynecol. 2008 May-June;15(3):286-91
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