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What happens during robot-assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy?

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Dr. PAUL EUN
Dr. PAUL EUNanswered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
Precision: Robot assisted surgery is performed in order to accomplish hysterectomy with minimally invasive method possible when abdominal hysterectomy must be done otherwise. Several small incisins are made in the abdomen and robotic instruments are placed through each incision and the surgeon actually performs the procedure remotely sitting at a surgeon's console controlling all robotic instruments.
Dr. Lillian Schapiro
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
The set up is very similar to laparoscopy, but the instruments are attached to the robot. There is less torque, or pulling, on the patient from the way the robotic instruments are placed. The robotic arms controlled by the surgeon allow for very precise and delicate surgery.
Jul 10, 2012
Dr. Renee Harris
Obstetrics and Gynecology 37 years experience
Robotic manipulation: The robotic arms give the surgeon wrist like motion with the surgical tools to complete the surgery laparoscopically that in many case before we performed in an open procedure. The uterus is released and then delivered through the vagina or morcellated and removed through a port. The patient recovers much quicker and with less pain than an open procedure.
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Elegant surgery: The doctor preforms the hysterectomy laparoscopically - the use of the robot allows for increased dexterity, flexibility, visibility, and manipulation during the surgery. A very difficult surgery becomes much easier with the use of the new da vinci robotic equipment.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

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.

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