PENSACOLA, Fla. (WALA) - It's a scary thought when your doctor tells you you need to have any type of major surgery and every year, thousands of women are told they need a hysterectomy.
If you're one of those women, maybe it will ease your mind to know that you can have a hysterectomy with:
less blood loss
less risk of infection
quicker recovery time
Dr. Tracey Thomas-Doyle performed the first Single-Port da Vinci Robotic Hysterectomy in the Florida panhandle area at Baptist Hospital, and she said this modern technology is very different from a traditional laparoscopic hysterectomy.
During a single-port hysterectomy, a small incision is made at the naval, and a port is placed in that incision to stretch it and make it larger. Your surgeon will then place three robotic operating arms through the port that move back and forth like your wrists, enabling the surgeon to get better movement around the patient's organs.
Dr. Thomas-Doyle said traditional laparoscopic instruments are straight, and have no range of motion.
She said not only does the da Vinci single-port system allow her to have more range of motion, but it also allows her to make one small incision, instead of one large one, or three small ones.
This reduces risk factors and recovery time.
She said there's a risk of bleeding and infection with any surgery you undergo, but you're going to have much less bleeding with this surgery than you would with traditional open surgery.
She adds women would usually lose about a half a pint of blood in open surgery, but only tablespoons during this procedure.
Dr. Thomas-Doyle said the actual surgery takes her between one and two hours to perform and is one of the most common surgeries for women. She said her patients go home within 23 hours, but this can be an outpatient surgery.
There are a number of reasons a woman may need a hysterectomy, and that's why it's so important for women to get regular check-ups.
Tracey A. Doyle M.D.
Ladies First OB/GYN - Main Office
3417 N 12th Ave
Pensacola, Fla. 32503
Phone: (850) 432-7310
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