Good candidates for a robotic hysterectomy include women with an enlarged uterus or ovaries, cancer patients requiring dissection of the lymph nodes in the pelvis area and obese patients, according to Main Line Health. Patients who underwent previous abdominal surgeries or procedures and patients requiring technically difficult surgeries also make good candidates, states NPR. Doctors may recommend a robotic hysterectomy for challenging surgeries including procedures involving enlarged fibroids and pelvic adhesions, explains Main Line Health.
A robot-assisted hysterectomy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that is an alternative to a large abdominal incision or a laparoscopic surgery traditionally required for a complex hysterectomy, explains NPR. It is also potentially safer than traditional methods, may cause less blood loss and pain, and may result in a quicker recovery time.
A robot-assisted hysterectomy uses a 3D camera inserted into the uterus through small incisions in the abdomen, according to Main Line Health. This camera takes magnified, high-resolution images, which the surgeon uses to manipulate robotic arms with attached surgical tools to perform the procedure. The surgeon performs the surgery, but the robotic technique enhances the precision of the procedure. It is similar to a laparoscopic surgery. Candidates for a robotic-assisted hysterectomy are chosen on a patient- and procedure-specific basis.