Robotic Surgery for the Removal of Uterine Fibroids

Sharp HealthCare offers a less-invasive option to treat a range of gynecologic conditions, including the removal of uterine fibroids, at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, located in South County, Sharp Grossmont Hospital, located in East County, and Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns, located in central San Diego.

Fibroids, also known as uterine myomas, leiomyomas or fibromas, are firm, compact tumors that are made of smooth muscle cells and fibrous connective tissue that develop in the uterus. A myomectomy is the surgical removal of uterine fibroids. If you need a myomectomy, there are several options available to you, depending on your diagnosis. 

  • Laparoscopic surgery
  • Robotic-assisted surgery
  • Traditional surgery

Minimally Invasive Means Better Health for You
Robotic-assisted surgery is minimally invasive. This means that, instead of a traditional “open” surgery, there are several small incisions made in the abdomen. This is beneficial because the small incisions allow for a much shorter recovery time. With robotic-assisted surgery, you can benefit from the following:

  • Fewer complications
  • Less blood loss  
  • Less pain
  • Less risk of infection
  • Less scarring
Illustration of uterine fibroids.

Fibroids are the most frequently seen tumors of the female reproductive system. They may grow as a single tumor or in clusters.

 Illustration of an open myomectomy incision and a da Vinci myomectomy incision.

Myomectomy — or surgical removal of uterine fibroids — is a common alternative to hysterectomy.

Robotic-assisted surgery is especially promising for women who would like to have children in the future. Robotic-assisted surgery gives the surgeon a better view of the anatomy. Regardless of the size and location of the fibroid, the surgeon is able to make precise movements to remove the fibroid, preserving the delicate structures of the pelvis and decreasing the chance of future complications.

The surgeon rests his or her hands on the robot's controls and is in control of the robot's movements at all times. The console controls the small instruments that have been inserted through the incisions in the abdomen. Your surgeon and surgical assistant are at your side at all times.

Attend a Free Seminar
Sharp offers free in-person and physician-led seminars about minimally invasive gynecologic surgery throughout San Diego. Attend a seminar at the hospital where you'd prefer to have your surgery: Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns, Sharp Grossmont Hospital or Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center. To register, go to gynecologic surgery seminar.

How to Choose a da Vinci Surgeon at Sharp
Sharp HealthCare offers da Vinci® robotic surgery at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, located in South County, Sharp Grossmont Hospital, located in East County, and Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns, located in central San Diego.

To learn more about Sharp's robotic surgery services or to find a Sharp-affiliated doctor, search for a San Diego OBGYN or call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277), Monday through Friday, 8 am to 6 pm.

For More Information
To learn more, attend a robotic gynecologic surgery seminar, browse frequently asked questions about robotic gynecologic surgery or read a patient story.