Hysterectomy is surgery in which a woman’s uterus is removed. Having a hysterectomy puts a pause on menstruation and the ability to become pregnant. A hysterectomy involves removing other organs, such as the ovaries or fallopian tubes, based on the reason for performing the surgery. It can be done by making small incisions using a thin, lighted scope with a camera at the end (a laparoscope). This procedure is called a laparoscopic hysterectomy. When a computer is used to control surgical instruments, the surgical procedure is called robotic-assisted hysterectomy.
It is the second-most common surgery operated on women after C-Section. Some benefits of robotic hysterectomy are minimal invasion, reduced hospitalisation, speedy recovery and less postoperative morbidity. Robotic hysterectomy is a method that provides a high-powered 3-D view of the operating area and allows a comprehensive range of motion that is more precise than the human hand. It also permits the use of surgical instruments from different angles and positions that would be tedious to achieve otherwise.
The most valuable advantage of this procedure is the reduction of the need for open surgery, including conversions during laparoscopic hysterectomies. Long-term benefits of robotic hysterectomy need to be evaluated and appropriate indications, especially in benign conditions, thereby reducing the incidence of open surgery in gynaecology.
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