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Is da vinci robotic surgery a reliable option for hysterectomy?
35 doctors weighed in

17 doctors agree
In brief: Can be
This is a procedure that requires a highly trained specialist who has plenty of experience in this procedure.
In the right hands of a well trained surgeon, it can be highly successful.

In brief: Can be
This is a procedure that requires a highly trained specialist who has plenty of experience in this procedure.
In the right hands of a well trained surgeon, it can be highly successful.
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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2 comments
Dr. Addagada Rao
yes, other proved options of surgery is not inferior and less expensive.
Dr. Lillian Schapiro
There are many different ways to do a hysterectomy. In all cases, make sure that is the correct surgery for you. Are there other issues, such an incontinence that should be addressed at the same time? The daVinci robot allows a surgeon to take out a larger uterus using minimally invasive methods which often lead to a quicker recovery time.
Dr. Joel Pranikoff
Obstetrics & Gynecology
8 doctors agree
In brief: It is one option
Robotic assisted hysterectomy using the da vinci system is one choice for minimally invasive hysterectomy and with an experienced surgeon is a good option.
There are other ways to perform laparoscopic hysterectomies and the best option is often the technique your surgeon is most comfortable with and experienced using.

In brief: It is one option
Robotic assisted hysterectomy using the da vinci system is one choice for minimally invasive hysterectomy and with an experienced surgeon is a good option.
There are other ways to perform laparoscopic hysterectomies and the best option is often the technique your surgeon is most comfortable with and experienced using.
Dr. Joel Pranikoff
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Dr. Hugo Ribot
Obstetrics & Gynecology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Depends on surgeon
Many surgeons are starting to use the davinci robot for hysterectomy, touting it as the "latest and greatest" way of doing a minimally invasive hysterectomy.
The truth is, for us who have been doing laparoscopic surgery for many years, it only adds time under anesthesia, cost, larger and more trocar incisions, and pain afterward. Our laparoscopic hysterectomy patients recover quicker than theirs.

In brief: Depends on surgeon
Many surgeons are starting to use the davinci robot for hysterectomy, touting it as the "latest and greatest" way of doing a minimally invasive hysterectomy.
The truth is, for us who have been doing laparoscopic surgery for many years, it only adds time under anesthesia, cost, larger and more trocar incisions, and pain afterward. Our laparoscopic hysterectomy patients recover quicker than theirs.
Dr. Hugo Ribot
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2 comments
Dr. Paul Harper
Yes BUT. I can do an open Hysterectomy in 45 miinutes and have the patient home in 2 days. The Lap Hysterectomy takes 1.5 hours aqnd the patient goes home in 2 days. The robot takes 4 hours, costs MUCH more and the post op care is the same. So far the robot is a solution for no problem. There are a few advantages to the robot, but not many.
Dr. Miguel Cano
You can see how controversial this topic is...some centers recommend a good robotic surgeon perform at least 50 hysterectomies before being credentialed, and at least 10/month to maintain their training. Many private physicians do not perform this volume of hysterectomies, or have the equipment at their hospitals, or prefer this method. Vaginal hysterectomy is still by far the most efficient, less expensive procedure that also addresses prolapse repair. At least make a vag hyst is considered if you are a candidate for a truly "minimally invasive" "quicker recovery" "less expensive" procedure (with no abdominal incisions!).
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
The davinci robot is a useful tool for performing a hysterectomy with a minimally invasive technique, i.
e. Very small incisions that reduce post-op pain and healing time. For the surgeon, the 3-d vision and the dexterity of the instruments make it easier to operate very precisely. For certain problems, other types of hysterectomies, vaginal or open, may be preferred.

In brief: Yes
The davinci robot is a useful tool for performing a hysterectomy with a minimally invasive technique, i.
e. Very small incisions that reduce post-op pain and healing time. For the surgeon, the 3-d vision and the dexterity of the instruments make it easier to operate very precisely. For certain problems, other types of hysterectomies, vaginal or open, may be preferred.
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
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Dr. Jamal Mourad
Obstetrics & Gynecology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Like any surgical procedure, there are risks innate to any surgery.
The complication rate is dependent on surgical complexity, risk factors and surgeon's experience. Robotic assisted hysterectomy provides a platform that allows for reliable and reproducible surgical techniques that allow for difficult procedures to be done in a minimally invasive way.

In brief: Yes
Like any surgical procedure, there are risks innate to any surgery.
The complication rate is dependent on surgical complexity, risk factors and surgeon's experience. Robotic assisted hysterectomy provides a platform that allows for reliable and reproducible surgical techniques that allow for difficult procedures to be done in a minimally invasive way.
Dr. Jamal Mourad
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Dr. Gregg Nishi
Bariatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Robotic hysterectomy
Yes. Robotic hysterectomies have been done for a while now and are quite common.
It is safe if done by an experienced robotic surgeon.

In brief: Robotic hysterectomy
Yes. Robotic hysterectomies have been done for a while now and are quite common.
It is safe if done by an experienced robotic surgeon.
Dr. Gregg Nishi
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1 comment
Dr. Lee Ann Roberts
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends a vaginal approach to hysterectomy as the first choice. Most hysterectomies can be done by this method on an outpatient basis, and it is the safest and most cost-effective. If the vaginal approach is not possible then laparoscopic, robotic, and abdominal approaches are recommended, usually in that order.
Dr. Renee Harris
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
The da vinci is a great method, however there are times when that approach may not be right for you.
One example would be if you have prolapse (the womb is dropped), in that case a vaginal hysterectomy would be better. Another case would be a very large uterus that was too big to get the camera in far enough to see well, or if there is severe scar tissue in the way of placing the instruments safel.

In brief: Yes
The da vinci is a great method, however there are times when that approach may not be right for you.
One example would be if you have prolapse (the womb is dropped), in that case a vaginal hysterectomy would be better. Another case would be a very large uterus that was too big to get the camera in far enough to see well, or if there is severe scar tissue in the way of placing the instruments safel.
Dr. Renee Harris
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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
This route (robotic) is becoming more common and is already established as being very safe, quick, and allowing for a quicker and easier recovery for most patients.

In brief: Yes
This route (robotic) is becoming more common and is already established as being very safe, quick, and allowing for a quicker and easier recovery for most patients.
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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