Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery
With minimally invasive and robotic surgery, patients may be able to go home the same day they have surgery, or the next day, depending on their individual circumstances. Most patients can go back to work within one to two weeks.
Traditional gynecologic surgery required a large incision in the abdomen. The recovery time could require a hospital stay of three to five days and full recovery could take up to eight weeks. Many of these procedures also left behind large scars.
With robotic or minimally invasive surgery patients have reported:
• Significantly less pain
• Less blood loss and need for transfusion
• Less risk of infection
• Shorter hospital stay
• Quicker recovery and return to normal activities
• Small incisions for minimal scarring
• Better outcomes and patient satisfaction, in many cases
For example, surgeons at University of Miami Hospital use the da Vinci robot to perform a total laparoscopic hysterectomy through only a few tiny holes in the abdomen. When performed robotically, the surgery typically requires only one day of hospital recovery as opposed to three days with conventional surgery. Patients have almost no scars, very little pain, and less blood loss. Perhaps best of all patients can return to their regular activities much faster.