Hysterectomy performed with the da Vinci robotic surgical system utilizes small incisions in the abdomen to accomplish surgery that once required a large incision.
The end results for patients are impressive:
Hysterectomy using a traditional large incision usually requires six weeks of recuperation. With a robotic hysterectomy, the recovery is often two to three weeks. Some patients even return to work within one week.
A da Vinci robotic hysterectomy also allows your surgeon better visualization of anatomy, which is especially critical when working around delicate and confined structures like the bladder. This means that surgeons have a distinct advantage when performing a complex, radical hysterectomy involving adhesions from prior pelvic surgery or non-localized cancer, or an abdominal hysterectomy.
Experience matters, and Dr. Isbell has performed more than 4,000 surgical procedures in his career. He is currently the busiest gynecologic surgeon and the busiest robotic surgeon at EvergreenHealth.
He is also experienced in other forms of minimally invasive surgery for women. These include multiple vaginal procedures (not requiring abdominal incisions) including slings for stress urinary incontinence and repair of prolapsed bladders (cystoceles), rectums (rectoceles), and uteri.
Dr. Isbell also performs hysteroscopy which is another form of minimally invasive surgery. This approach uses instruments to operate inside the uterus through the cervix. Often the source of excessive or irregular bleeding can be diagnosed and treated through the cervix with an instrument called a hysteroscope. For women with excessive bleeding, treatment may include ablating (destroying) the inside lining of the uterus to stop or lessen menstrual flow. The recovery is generally three to four days and may help women avoid a hysterectomy.
In instances where robotic surgery is not needed, Dr. Isbell performs laparoscopic surgery. This also uses small abdominal incisions to avoid the extended recovery that comes with large abdominal incisions.