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
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.
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