VIDEO: Study Shows da Vinci Can Be Superior Option for Complex Benign Hysterectomies


A recent study published in the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics — led by Peter Lim, MD, FACOG, medical director of Renown’s Institute for Robotic Surgery — shows that patients have less complications when receiving robotic-assisted surgery for complex benign hysterectomies. Here’s one woman’s success story.

An estimated one third of all U.S. women have a hysterectomy by age 60. While women have options when it comes to treatment for benign hysterectomy, a new study demonstrates one particular surgery may result in faster recovery and fewer complications for women with complex cases.

Study Shows Value of da Vinci 

A wide variety of conditions can affect a woman’s reproductive system – and when a woman is faced with news of such a condition, it can be scary. That’s what happened for local lawyer Patricia Halstead. After meeting with a variety of doctors, she learned that she had a complex case. Fortunately for her, she received expert care by choosing da Vinci surgery for her benign gynecologic condition.

“It was great for me,” Patricia says. “…I wasn’t looking forward to having my whole stomach area cut open, and there would have been a lot more pain and a lot more recovery. With the four small incisions, it was able to heal up quickly, and the scarring is really minimal.”

Patricia isn’t the only patient who has experienced positive outcomes. Led by Peter Lim, M.D., FACOG, medical director of the Institute for Robotic Surgery, a study published in the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics demonstrated the value of robotic surgery over other surgery methods for complex benign hysterectomies.

“This study gives women and the surgeons who care for them important insights to inform their decision making,” Dr. Lim says. “We are proud to offer women many choices when it comes to their health needs, and da Vinci surgery is just one of the many investments Renown has made to improve the quality of healthcare in our region.”

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