Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of part/all of the uterus and may include the removal of the fallopian tubes and ovaries. The procedure is often required due to a diagnosis of cancer, fibroids, endometriosis, chronic pelvic pain or a number of other conditions. It is the second most common surgery for women in the United States and depending on your health history and reason for surgery, can be performed both traditionally (open) or minimally invasively.
A number of Desert West physicians are now performing hysterectomies using the da Vinci Surgical System. Women who are candidates for this precise minimally invasive procedure experience a quicker recovery, significantly less pain and better outcomes than traditional open surgery. The da Vinci hysterectomy surpasses the limits of conventional laparoscopic surgery as well. Better yet, the procedure reduces the need to convert to an open procedure, is covered by most insurance and can be scheduled at both Banner Estrella and Thunderbird Medical Centers. To learn more, talk with your doctor or visit the da Vinci Surgical System website.