Minimally-invasive surgery is changing the landscape of women’s health, especially when it comes to hysterectomies. If the idea of skipping an invasive open surgery sounds good to you, you might want to consider da Vinci® hysterectomy. Gary F. Willen, MD, and his staff at Tahoe Women’s Care provide the most advanced, compassionate care possible. Contact the Carson City, Nevada, clinic by phone or online to set up an appointment to discuss your 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:
Minimally-invasive robotic surgery has been shown to decrease many of the side effects of surgery. It may result in:
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.
*Individual results may vary