Hysterectomy can sometimes be performed through the vagina. However, when the uterus is enlarged – for example, from fibroids or cancer – an abdominal hysterectomy is preferable. This requires a 6- to 12-inch incision. In some cases, doctors also remove the ovaries because they are thought to release hormones contributing to the condition.
While hysterectomy is relatively safe, it may not be appropriate or necessary for all individuals or conditions. Alternative treatments that can preserve the uterus or ovaries may be available.
If surgery is the best course of treatment, many women are good candidates for a less invasive surgical da Vinci® Hysterectomy. This procedure uses a state-of-the-art surgical system designed to help your surgeon perform a more precise, minimally invasive procedure. For most women, da Vinci® Hysterectomy offers numerous potential benefits over traditional surgical approaches, including:
- Shorter hospital stay.
- Less pain.
- Faster recovery.
- Quicker return to normal activities.
- Less risk of wound infection.
- Less blood loss.
- Less scarring.