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Not Your Mother’s Hysterectomy: The Benefits of Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery

A hysterectomy is rarely the first-line approach to treating a women’s health issue. However, when other treatments don’t relieve your pain and other symptoms, a hysterectomy may be the best solution to address issues such as endometriosis, fibroids, and uterine cancer. 

Historically, a hysterectomy could lead to months of recovery because of the many muscles and connective tissues that your surgeon would need to sever to complete the operation. In addition to the long recovery time, you were left with a huge scar to remind you of what you’ve been through. 

Here at McDowell Mountain Gynecology in Scottsdale, Arizona, Rachel Spieldoch, MD, FACOG, is committed to providing the best possible solutions to restore and protect your health. She specializes in minimally invasive surgeries and uses the da Vinci robotic arm for enhanced precision.

We understand the fears associated with hysterectomies and other gynecological surgeries. Our compassion leads us to invest in the best possible technology and patient care to minimize the physical and psychological trauma often associated with this procedure. 

That’s why we’ve embraced the minimally invasive, robot-assisted techniques made possible with the da Vinci surgical arm. You’re in good hands as skill still matters, and Dr. Spieldoch has years of experience performing hysterectomies and using minimally invasive surgical instruments and techniques.

About robot-assisted hysterectomy

We use the advanced da Vinci computer technology to perform robot-assisted hysterectomies. The technology enhances Dr. Spieldoch’s capabilities and precision, significantly reducing trauma to the surrounding tissue common in other surgical approaches.  

For instance, a traditional open hysterectomy requires a long incision through layers of skin, muscle, and other tissue to fully expose the uterus and other reproductive organs. We use the robot-assisted method because it requires only two or three small incisions to reach your reproductive organs. 

Dr. Spieldoch inserts tiny, specialized instruments, including a miniature camera, through the incisions to perform the hysterectomy.  

Single-incision hysterectomy

Dr. Spieldoch also offers single-incision hysterectomies. During this type of minimally invasive surgery, she makes one incision in your bellybutton and inserts the camera and other surgical instruments. 

Many women opt for a single-incision hysterectomy to avoid visible scarring. It’s also an outpatient procedure, so you can rest and recover at home instead of spending the night in a hospital. 

Enhanced visualization and other advances

While robot-assisted surgery may seem similar to minimally invasive laparoscopy, the highly advanced equipment takes laparoscopy to the next level.

The da Vinci equipment includes a high-definition, 3D, magnified view of the surgical site, providing Dr. Spieldoch the clearest possible view of your reproductive organs. 

The advanced assistive computer technology translates her precise hand movements into smaller, more exact cuts with the tiny surgical instruments. Improving precision during surgery helps minimize your risk of scarring, infection, and other potential complications.  

Remember, Dr. Spieldoch is always in charge — never the robot or computer. Dr. Spieldoch controls the entire operation, using the technology to perform the surgery and increase your chances of the best possible outcome.

Other benefits of robot-assisted hysterectomy

In addition to reduced scarring, robot-assisted, minimally invasive hysterectomies offer several potential benefits, including:

Overall, robot-assisted surgery decreases your risk of other potential postsurgical complications. 

If you need a hysterectomy, call McDowell Mountain Gynecology today or make an appointment online to learn about your minimally invasive, robot-assisted surgical options. 

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