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How is robotic hysterectomy different from regular hysterectomy?

Robotic assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy is a minimally invasive way to remove your uterus and possibly your ovaries. There are 4 small (approx 1 cm) incisions made on your abdomen. The robotic arms are attached through ports in those incisions. Then the surgeon controls the robot to do complex surgery in a minimally invasive fashion.

Why do the robotic approach versus the usual approach?

There is far less blood loss, less pain and faster healing. The usual time off from work or other activities is about 2 weeks. A traditional abdominal hysterectomy requires 6 weeks or more. Time spent in the hospital is far less. Most patients are home the day after surgery. Traditional hysterectomies require 3 or 4 days in the hospital after surgery.

What are the disadvantages and risks?

There are the usual risks for surgery and anesthesia including infection, injury to internal organs and bleeding. The robotic approach likely has less risk than traditional hysterectomy because of the minimally invasive nature of the surgery. The robotic way may take longer to perform and requires a specially trained surgeon. All of our physicians are certified in robotic surgery.

Is it more expensive?

No, in fact, it is far less expensive if you think of the time spent in the hospital (only 1 day versus 3 or 4 days) and time off of work (2 weeks versus 6 weeks).

Where do I get more information?

Please call our office for an appointment to discuss robotic hysterectomy.


Gynecological & Obstetric Associates, SC
1614 W. Central Road, Suite 205  •  Arlington Heights, Illinois 60005  •  847-392-9191  •  Fax 847-392-9811