Mar 11, 2014

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Hysterectomy: Why Go Robotic?

hysterectomyI’ve talked with a few people lately who have chosen to have a hysterectomy at Pella Regional. I enjoyed meeting both Cynthia and Linda and talking about their experiences. They had different journeys, but both are happy with the end result.

Choosing to have a hysterectomy, or any other gynecologic surgery, is a significant decision that influences the rest of your life. Women have hysterectomies for the purpose of remedying all kinds of diseases and conditions, but the one thing that all women have in common is the hope that life is better afterwards. Patients should be well informed about options and discuss the decision with those closest to them.

Gynecologists can perform a hysterectomy – the surgical removal of the uterus – to treat a wide variety of uterine conditions. In fact, one in three women in the United States will have a hysterectomy before she turns 60.

No woman wants to face surgery, but 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 at Pella Regional Health Center with robotic surgery.

With robotic surgery, a hysterectomy requires only a few small incisions, so patients can get back to life faster – within days rather than the usual weeks required with traditional surgery.

Facing a hysterectomy is stressful enough without also having to deal with all the added worries outside of the procedure itself. Robotic surgery enables gynecologists to perform the most precise, minimally invasive hysterectomy available today. There are numerous potential benefits:

  • Significantly less pain
  • Minimal blood loss and need for transfusion
  • Fewer complications
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Quicker recovery and return to normal activities
  • Small incisions for minimal scarring

The robotic option for surgical hysterectomy is performed by Pella Regional’s gynecologists, Dr Dale Lensingand Dr Joseph Coleman. And for many patients, like Linda and Cynthia and many more, the result can be very positive and get them back to the life they want to live.

Only you and your doctor can decide whether a robotic surgery may be right for your hysterectomy or another gynecologic procedure. To find out more, talk to your health care provider.


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