Minimally Invasive Hysterectomy using the da Vinci Surgical System
In the past, open surgical hysterectomies resulted in hospital stays of several days, pain, a lengthy recovery time and a large abdominal scar. Now, minimally invasive surgical techniques result in hysterectomies that eliminate many of the disadvantages of traditional open surgical procedures. A minimally invasive hysterectomy performed in a hospital setting, can treat and correct conditions such as:
- chronic pelvic pain
- uterine fibroids
- abnormal uterine bleeding
- uterine prolapse
- cervical abnormalities
Minimally invasive hysterectomies using laparoscopic techniques are unlike open surgeries because they are performed through one or more small incisions.
Dr. Fields utilizes the minimally invasive da Vinci robotic surgical system for use in all of his hysterectomy procedures, using between one and five small incisions depending on surgical factors. He has successfully treated patients requiring hysterectomy with this method since 2006 with no conversion to a larger incision and no major complications.
Dr. Fields was recently chosen as one of the first surgeons in the nation to gain access to the single incision surgical platform with the da Vinci to perform minimally invasive hysterectomy through one small hidden incision in the belly button. This cosmetic method for hysterectomy is available for many patients.
Dr. Fields has been instrumental in developing protocols and techniques for performing minimally invasive hysterectomy using the robotic surgery platform. The average length of stay for patients undergoing hysterectomy with Dr. Fields is a little over 6 hours after leaving the operative suite, thereby transforming hysterectomy into a day surgery. Patients benefit from the ability to recover in the comfort of their own home and resume normal activity very quickly. Most patients are candidates for the day surgery option.