Tahoe Women's Care
Gary Willen, MD, MBA
Gynecologist located in Carson City, NV
What is da Vinci hysterectomy?
The da Vinci surgical system allows Dr. Willen to perform minimally-invasive surgery using robotic technology through small incisions.
During the procedure, Dr. Willen operates using three robotic arms and a 3D high-definition camera. He sits at a computer console and controls the robotic arms through wrist attachments which translate his movements into the most precise actions inside the body.
Dr. Willen uses the da Vinci system to perform hysterectomies, a surgery for removing the uterus. Women may choose to have a hysterectomy for:
- Birth control
- Heavy bleeding
- Pelvic prolapse
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Uterine fibroids
What are the benefits of da Vinci hysterectomy?
Minimally-invasive robotic surgery has been shown to decrease many of the side effects of surgery. It may result in:
- Quicker recovery
- Less blood loss
- Fewer complications
- Shorter hospital stay
- Minimal scarring
How do I prepare for my hysterectomy?
A hysterectomy is a fairly standard procedure, and the da Vinci system makes it even less invasive. However, it’s still a surgery and requires adequate preparation. Preparing yourself for the process may make you feel more confident moving forward.
First, gather as much information about the procedure as possible. Dr. Willen believes in shared decision-making, so he is happy to answer any questions you have and offer his advice so you can decide if this is right for you. He can also walk you through what happens during the surgery and explain the anesthesia, so you know what to expect.
Once you schedule the surgery, Dr. Willen gives you a list of pre-surgery requirements. You may have to adjust your medications and meals in the hours leading up to the procedure.
Let Dr. Willen know about any over-the-counter medications or herbal supplements you take in addition to prescriptions, as those can interfere with surgery and recovery too.
Finally, you want to make arrangements for your hospital stay and returning home. You’ll likely be in the hospital for a day or two, so you’ll want to make preparations with your employer, arrange a ride home, and prepare for recovery at home.
If you would like to learn more about the da Vinci system for your hysterectomy, contact Tahoe Women’s Care to set up a consultation.
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