Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery

Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery

With minimally invasive and robotic surgery, patients are 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 on the abdomen. The recovery time could require a hospital stay of three to five days and full recovery could take up to six to eight weeks. Many of these procedures also leave 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

For example, surgeons at University of Miami Hospital use the da Vinci robotic surgical platform to perform a total laparoscopic hysterectomy through only a few tiny 8 millimeters incisions on the abdomen. When performed robotically, the surgery typically requires no overnight hospital stay or only one night of hospital recovery as opposed to three days with conventional surgery. Patients have almost no scars, very little pain, and minimal blood loss allowing most patients to return to their regular activities much faster.