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how should i mentally prepare for a robot assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy?

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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine 50 years experience
Ask Robot's name-:): All kidding aside, the same you would prepare for any surgical procedure. Understand why getting a hysterectomy, will ovaries and tubes be left in (hormonal implications), risks during and after surgery; ask if any question; drink a lot of fluids for days before the surgery (optimize cellular and kidney function), if quite anxious, ask your doc if a mild relaxant perhaps; get a good night's sleep.
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 43 years experience
Clear expectations: Be sure that you talk to your surgeon to understand what the goals of the surgery are, what your stay in the hospital will be like, and what your recovery time will entail. The unknown is harder to deal with than clear expectations. Be aware of potential risks but realize they are the exceptions rather than the rules.
Dr. Renee Harris
Obstetrics and Gynecology 37 years experience
Peace of mind: The surgery will provide relief from the problems that need the treatment. You will be asleep whole time. Afterward you have small incisions that are minimally tender and some bloating. After a few days you start feeling much better. Prepare mentally by being pisitive.
Dr. Lillian Schapiro
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Great Question: Understand why you are having the hysterectomy. Most of my patients do not have cancer and are having a robotic assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy because of pain, pelvic pressure or bleeding problems. You need to be comfortable with the idea of a hysterectomy, of not having periods any more. Focus on the positive. Make sure you have taken care of details, like food in the house post op.
Dr. Jamal Mourad
Obstetrics and Gynecology 26 years experience
There is a great website written by patients that have had a hysterectomy. Some have had a good experience and some have had not such a great experience. It is really a good tool to allow you to prepare for your surgery and recovery.
Mar 30, 2014
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Relax: Most women are anxious at the idea of surgery - that is normal. Current means of performing hysterectomies, especially with the da vinci robot are very safe, with low complication rates. You should be comfortable with your surgeon and your hospital - if you are not comfortable you need to discuss it with your doctor.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

If I didn't have a planned c-section, could I have avoided a hysterectomy?

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Dr. Sheila Goodman
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Impossible to know: The risk of hysterectomy at the time of cesarean section is normally less with a planned surgery than 1 done in labor. The most common reasons for needing a hysterectomy are bleeding or a problem with the placenta like an accreta (placenta grown into uterine wall). Talk to your doctor and get the explanation for what happened. That might make it easier to deal with.
A 21-year-old member asked:

I'm having a hysterectomy soon. Will this cause menopause?

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Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
Depends on ovary: Hysterectomy is removal of uterus. If they take out your ovary (you have 2 ovaries in body) if both are removed you can have menopause. Usually they leave one ovary in during hysterectomy - if this is done for bleeding issues instead of problem with ovary like cyst etc so if you have one ovary no you would not have menopause if you removed both ovaries with uterus then yes you would have menopause.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Can you have endometriosis after a hysterectomy?

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Dr. Alfredo Nieves
Gynecology 40 years experience
Yes: Most likely there was endometriosis present at the time of hysterectomy that was not removed. In the presence of hormonal stimulation endometriosis could become symptomatic.
A 34-year-old member asked:

When can I go swimming after having a hysterectomy?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Six weeks: Obviously you would want to get a specific answer from your surgeon but about 4-6 weeks is a typical restriction to give the incisions time to heal.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What's a single-port hysterectomy?

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Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Laparoscope site: The laparoscope is being used through the "single port site" to visualize the pelvic organs probably prior to vaginal hysterectomy. Most davinci(robotic surgery) and lavh surgeries require more than one site to remove the uterus. Although surgeons are increasingly becoming more efficient at operating through a "single port site.".

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