Hysterectomy: Conditions, Symptoms, and Treatment

The decision to undergo a hysterectomy is not an easy one to make. Weighing the pros and cons of a surgery that involves removing the uterus, while dealing with health issues is a lot to handle. Add to that the many mixed emotions that some women deal with as well, and one might find themselves overwhelmed with the decision. However, the more informed you are, the less stressed you'll be. There are several conditions that might require gynecologic surgery.

Many benign (non-cancerous) conditions can affect a woman’s reproductive system, including the uterus, cervix, ovaries and fallopian tubes. Common benign conditions include: 

  • Fibroid
  • Endometriosis
  • Adenomyosis
  • Pelvic prolapse

Some of the more common symptoms of these conditions include: 

  • Pelvic pain
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Irregular periods
  • Fatigue
  • Unusual bloating
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Infertility

If you experience symptoms like these, your doctor may suggest medicine, lifestyle changes, or surgery. 

If your doctor suggests a hysterectomy, the most common ways to remove your uterus are: open surgery or minimally invasive surgery. Minimally invasive surgery refers to both traditional laparoscopy or robotically-assisted da Vinci Surgery. 

When using da Vinci Single-Site Surgery for benign conditions, your surgeon operates through a small cut in your belly button. This results in patients seeing almost no scar at all.

Da Vinci Single-Site Hysterectomy offers the following potential benefits when compared to other methods:

  • Low blood loss
  • Low rate of complications
  • Low chance of a blood transfusion
  • Low chance of surgeon switching to open surgery
  • Short hospital stays
  • Low levels of post-operative pain

Though it is often called a “robot,” da Vinci cannot act on its own. Surgery is performed entirely by your doctor. Your doctor controls the da Vinci System, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body. 

The da Vinci Surgical System is designed to provide surgeons with enhanced capabilities, including high definition 3D vision and a magnified view. Together, the da Vinci System and Single-Site instruments allow your doctor to remove your uterus, fallopian tubes and/or ovaries through a single incision. As a result, you may be able to get back to life without the usual recovery that follows major surgery. Surgical options will depend on your exact condition, symptoms, and overall health. 

Drs. Strebel, Grolle, and Rosenbaum are all highly skilled, experienced surgeons and are experts with the da Vinci Single-Site Hysterectomy system. Call for an appointment at 702-438-2229.