There are a variety of conditions that create pain or symptoms in the body with no visible cause. The uterus can experience pain from a variety of chronic problems such as uterine fibroids or the thickening of the uterus in a condition known as adenomyosis. A hysterectomy is a surgery that removes the uterus or surrounding structures, causing a patient pain or other symptoms.
Hysterectomies are available at Gopal Reddy Gade MD FACOG in Fresno and the surrounding area. There are three types of hysterectomies, including traditional (known as an open hysterectomy), vaginal and a robotic-assisted laparoscopic option. Our OBGYN, Gopal Reddy Gade, MD FACOG, offers a more precise version of a hysterectomy with laparoscopic surgery.
Call us at (559) 975-1216 to learn more about the benefits of laparoscopic hysterectomies.
A Precise surgical method
A robotic-assisted laparoscopic procedure uses a state-of-the-art robot that provides our surgeon with a full view of the patient's surrounding organs. The robot also provides more precise control over the incisions. The precision of the surgery means that most patients experience fewer complications and much less pain than they would via traditional hysterectomy methods.
The precision of the surgery and its lack of complications lead to other benefits as well. Potential benefits of a laparoscopic hysterectomy include:
- Less loss of blood
- Fewer surgical scars
- Less time spent in the hospital
- Lower risk of developing an infection
- Quicker return to daily activities
When a robotic assistant views more of the patient's reproductive system and uterus, Gopal Reddy Gade, MD FACOG sees more too. That precision is what allows for all the potential benefits of a laparoscopic procedure.
Reasons for a laparoscopic hysterectomy
There are many reasons a patient may need a laparoscopic hysterectomy. Uterine fibroids, which are benign lumps that grow on the uterus, are one reason since they cause pain, heavy periods, painful sex and other symptoms. Chronic pelvic pain and uterine prolapse, which occurs when the uterus slides into the vaginal canal, are other reasons patients may opt for this procedure.
One of the most common causes for a person to undergo a laparoscopic hysterectomy is as a treatment for uterine cancer. The robotic-assisted surgery allows us to remove cancerous lymph nodes more efficiently. It is also simpler for a surgeon to perform a lymphadenectomy during this type of hysterectomy.
This procedure tells the patient more about suspected or confirmed cancers of the reproductive system. Implementing both procedures at the same time provides the surgeon with critical information that could affect treatment.
What to expect during a laparoscopic hysterectomy
Before the day of the procedure, our OBGYN, Gopal Reddy Gade, MD FACOG, will meet with the patient to ensure the patient does not have any other medical conditions that could affect the surgery. During this appointment, we also take a full medical history, perform an examination, take blood samples and meet with the anesthesia department to discuss your options. We will schedule the surgery day and time.
We will instruct patients not to eat or drink anything after midnight the night before the procedure. On the day of surgery, the nurse will help you prepare. Upon entering the operating room, our surgical team will ensure they have compression boots and any other blood pressure monitoring items necessary during the surgery. The patient will be under anesthesia and asleep during the procedure.
The robotic technology will guide Gopal Reddy Gade, MD FACOG through the procedure to increase the precision and decrease the risk to the patient. Depending on the condition we are treating, the length of surgery time can vary. We will remove whatever we can to benefit the patient's health. A benefit of laparoscopic procedures is that we will create a much smaller incision or incisions than traditional surgical methods.
Following the procedure
After the patient is in a recovery room, a nurse will monitor and provide pain medication as needed. The overall procedure will take around three hours. While the patient may need to stay one day after the procedure to ensure their condition is healing correctly.
Regardless of whether the patient goes home that day or has an overnight hospital stay, they will need a licensed driver to take them back when released.
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There is no reason to continue struggling with women's health issues. While people may be hesitant to consider surgery, laparoscopic surgery provides less risk while increasing efficiency. Do not wait or postpone treatment and let the condition get worse.
Call us at (559) 975-1216 to learn if laparoscopic hysterectomy is the most effective treatment method for your reproductive health needs. Gopal Reddy Gade, MD FACOG can examine your condition and help you receive the proper treatment you need.
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