Surgical options for hysterectomies have evolved over the last twenty years, as medical technology advances. It is crucial that women are informed of their options and can make an informed decision based on the current facts, and not just what their generalist may recommend. Dr. Paul J. MacKoul, MD, of The Center for Innovative GYN Care, sheds light on some of the current myths about hysterectomy procedures.
Myth: Hysterectomy procedures are all the same.
Fact: There are at least four different surgical techniques used to perform hysterectomies. Open surgery, which uses one 6-12 inch incision and requires 6-8 weeks for recovery. Robotic surgery, which accesses the pelvic region through 5-7 incisions and has a doctor perform the surgery from a computer console. Conventional laparoscopic surgery, where a physician uses 3-4 incisions and can take about two hours to complete. Finally, there is DualPortGYN, which uses just two tiny 5mm incisions and only requires a 1 week recovery period.
Myth: Having GYN surgery requires being hospitalized for at least 3 days.
Fact: Minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques, such as DualPortGYN, can be performed as an outpatient procedure. This means that the patient can return home the same day as their surgery.