da Vinci Myomectomy Fibroid Removal
da Vinci® Myomectomy
If you plan to have surgery to remove fibroids, the operation is called a myomectomy. Your doctor will take out the fibroid(s) and keep your uterus in place.
A myomectomy can be performed one of two ways: open surgery with one big incision/cut, or it can be done through minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopy), which also includes da Vinci® Surgery.
Why da Vinci Surgery?
da Vinci technology enables surgeons to make a few smaller incisions, like that of traditional laparoscopy, instead of a big incision. The da Vinci System uses a surgical device assisted by robotics that your surgeon will be in 100% control of during the entire procedure. The da Vinci System gives surgeons:
- A three-dimensional, high-definition view inside the body
- Wristed instruments that can rotate and bend further than a human hand can
- Improved vision, control, and precision
Compared to open surgery, da Vinci Myomectomy provides these potential benefits:
- Similar rate of complications1
- Shorter hospital stay1,2,3
- Lower rate of blood transfusions1,3
- Less blood loss1,2,3
- Less chance of a postoperative fever2,3
da Vinci Myomectomy offers the following potential benefits compared to traditional laparoscopy:
- Similar rate of complications1,3,4
- Similar hospital stay1,3,4
- Similar conversion rate (switch to open surgery)1,2,4
- Similar or less blood loss1,2,4
The da Vinci System has brought minimally invasive surgery to more than 3 million patients worldwide. da Vinci technology – changing the experience of surgery for people around the world.
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Risks & Considerations Related to Myomectomy (removal of fibroid tumors): tear or hole in the uterus, split or bursting of the uterus, pre-term (early) birth, spontaneous abortion. Uterine tissue may contain unsuspected cancer. The cutting or morcellation of uterine or fibroid tissue during surgery may spread cancer, and decrease the long-term survival of patients.
- Pundir, Jyotsna, Vishal Pundir, Rajalaxmi Walavalkar, Kireki Omanwa, Gillian Lancaster, and Salma Kayani. “Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic vs Abdominal and Laparoscopic Myomectomy: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.” Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology 20.3 (2013): 335-45. Print.
- Reza, M., S. Maeso, J. A. Blasco, and E. Andradas. “Meta-analysis of Observational Studies on the Safety and Effectiveness of Robotic Gynaecological Surgery.” British Journal of Surgery 97.12 (2010): 1772-783. Print.
- Gobern, Joseph M., C. J. Rosemeyer, James F. Barter, and Albert J. Steren. “Comparison of Robotic, Laparoscopic, and Abdominal Myomectomy in a Community Hospital.” JSLS, Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons 17.1 (2013): 116-20. Print.
- Pluchino, Nicola, Piero Litta, Letizia Freschi, Marinella Russo, Giovanna Simi, Anna N. Santoro, Stefano Angioni, Angiolo Gadducci, and Vito Cela. “Comparison of the Initial Surgical Experience with Robotic and Laparoscopic Myomectomy.” The International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery (2013): N/a. Web.
Important Information on Safety
Serious complications, including death, can occur with any surgery, and da Vinci® Surgery is no exception. Surgical results vary by individual. Speak with your doctor to decide if da Vinci Surgery is right for you. Doctors and patients should seek all available information on surgical and non-surgical options in order to make the right decision. Please also refer to http://www.daVinciSurgery.com/Safety for Important Safety Information.
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