Endometriosis - Surgical Options
When the symptoms of endometriosis are severe or affect your quality of life, your doctor may recommend surgery. There are two surgical options for many endometriosis patients: endometriosis resection and hysterectomy. These procedures can be done with traditional open surgery (through a large incision) or minimally invasively (through the vagina, belly button or through a few small abdominal incisions).
Endometriosis resection is the removal of endometrial tissue implants while leaving the uterus in place. Endometriosis resection is usually recommended for women who want to become pregnant in the future or keep their uterus.
Hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus. Doctors may also remove other organs affected by endometriosis such as the ovaries or fallopian tubes. Hysterectomy is often recommended for patients who do not plan to become pregnant in the future.
There are a few different approaches to removing the uterus.
Serious complications may occur in any surgery, including da Vinci® Surgery, up to and including death. Examples of serious or life-threatening complications, which may require prolonged and/or unexpected hospitalization and/or reoperation, include but are not limited to, one or more of the following: injury to tissues/organs, bleeding, infection and internal scarring that can cause long-lasting dysfunction/pain. Risks of surgery also include the potential for equipment failure and/or human error. Individual surgical results may vary.
Risks specific to minimally invasive surgery, including da Vinci Surgery, include but are not limited to, one or more of the following: temporary pain/nerve injury associated with positioning; temporary pain/discomfort from the use of air or gas in the procedure; a longer operation and time under anesthesia and conversion to another surgical technique. If your doctor needs to convert the surgery to another surgical technique, this could result in a longer operative time, additional time under anesthesia, additional or larger incisions and/or increased complications.
Patients who are not candidates for non-robotic minimally invasive surgery are also not candidates for da Vinci® Surgery. Patients should talk to their doctor to decide if da Vinci Surgery is right for them. Patients and doctors should review all available information on non-surgical and surgical options in order to make an informed decision. For Important Safety Information, including surgical risks, indications, and considerations and contraindications for use, please also refer to www.davincisurgery.com/safety and www.intuitivesurgical.com/safety. Unless otherwise noted, all people depicted are models.
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