If you have endometriosis, tissue normally located in the lining of the uterus grows outside the uterus. It can be found on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, bowel and possibly other places in the pelvic cavity. Sometimes it can even grow outside the pelvis.
If your doctor recommends surgery – either endometriosis resection or hysterectomy – you may be a candidate for robotic-assisted surgery.
Robotic-assisted endometrial resection allows your doctor to perform a thorough removal of deeply penetrated or widespread endometrial implants while preserving your uterus. Unlike conventional open and laparoscopic surgery, robotic-assisted surgery utilizes advanced computer and technological precision, preferred by some surgeons, with the goal of minimizing the return of your endometriosis. Inova's state-of-the-art da Vinci® robotic surgical system supplies enhanced vision and instrumentation that allows the surgeon to perform a precise operation through a few tiny incisions.
Benefits of robotic-assisted surgery for an endometrial resection over open surgery include:
- Low blood loss
- Low conversion rate to open surgery
- Low rate of complications
- Short hospital stay
- Small incisions for minimal scarring
Benefits of robotic-assisted surgery for a hysterectomy over open surgery include:
- Less pain
- Fewer complications
- Less blood loss
- Shorter hospital stay
- Low risk of wound infection
- Quicker recovery and return to normal activities
Talk with your surgeon about whether robotic-assisted surgery is an option for you. Or call 1-855-My-Inova (1-855-694-6682) for a referral to one of our da Vinci robotic surgical specialists.