Hysterectomy

Open hysterectomy incision versus da Vinci hysterectomy incisions
Open hysterectomy incision versus da Vinci hysterectomy incisions

Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus. It ends menstruation and the ability to become pregnant. It may also involve the removal of other organs and tissues, such as the cervix, ovaries or fallopian tubes.

A gynecologist may recommend a hysterectomy if other treatment options for conditions like abnormal uterine bleeding, severe endometriosis or uterine fibroids have been unsuccessful. Hysterectomy is also used in cases of uterine prolapse and cervical or uterine cancer.

Brookings Health System offers minimally invasive hysterectomy options, including da Vinci robotic, vaginal and laparoscopic procedures. These minimally invasive techniques decrease recovery time and pain compared to traditional abdominal hysterectomy methods. Your gynecologist will help determine which procedure is right for you.

da Vinci Robotic Assisted Hysterectomy

da Vinci robotic assisted hysterectomy offers numerous potential benefits, particularly when a patient’s case is more challenging. Patient benefits include less scarring, smaller incisions, less blood loss and quicker recovery times.

Candidates for da Vinci hysterectomy include women who:

  • Are overweight
  • Have endometriosis
  • Have had several previous abdominal surgeries, such as C-sections, gall bladder removal or hernia repair

Watch & Learn

Gynecologists Tara Haarsma and Larissa Bennis explain da Vinci surgery for hysterectomy patients.

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Kirstin Sholes, M.D.

Kirstin Sholes, M.D.

  • Obstetrics
  • Gynecological Surgery
  • Avera Medical Group Specialty Care
Larissa Bennis, M.D.

Larissa Bennis, M.D.

  • Obstetrics
  • Gynecological Surgery
  • Avera Medical Group Specialty Care
Richard Gudvangen, M.D.

Richard Gudvangen, M.D.

  • Obstetrics
  • Gynecological Surgery
  • Avera Medical Group Specialty Care
Tara Haarsma, D.O.

Tara Haarsma, D.O.

  • Obstetrics
  • Gynecological Surgery
  • Avera Medical Group Specialty Care