Uterine Conditions
 
A wide variety of conditions affect the uterus, or womb. The uterus is a hollow, muscular organ which holds and feeds a fertilized egg. Traditionally, many conditions affecting the uterus are treated with hysterectomy – the surgical removal of the uterus. U.S. doctors perform about 600,000 hysterectomies every year, making it the second most common surgical procedure.

Hysterectomy may offer a life-saving treatment with serious conditions such as cancer or uncontrollable bleeding. In most cases, however, hysterectomy is an elective procedure performed to relieve chronic pain, bleeding or other disabling conditions. These may be caused by fibroids (noncancerous tumors); endometriosis (noncancerous growth of the uterine lining) or prolapse (falling or slipping of the uterus).

Hysterectomy can sometimes be performed through the vagina. However, when the uterus is enlarged – for example, from fibroids or cancer – an abdominal hysterectomy is preferable. This requires a 6-12 inch incision. In some cases, doctors also remove the ovaries because they are thought to release hormones contributing to the condition.

While hysterectomy is relatively safe, it may not be appropriate or necessary for all individuals or conditions. Alternative treatments that can preserve the uterus and ovaries may be available. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.
 
 
da Vinci Hysterectomy
 If your doctor recommends hysterectomy, you may be a candidate for a new, less invasive surgical procedure called da Vinci Hysterectomy. This procedure uses a state-of-the-art surgical system designed to help your surgeon perform a more precise, minimally invasive procedure, which enables surgeons to perform with unmatched precision and control – using only a few small incisions.
 
 
In some cases, surgeons may be able to offer a uterine-preserving procedure as an alternative to hysterectomy. These include myomectomy or sacrocolpopexy, which can also be performed using the da Vinci Surgical System in a minimally invasive approach.
 
 
 
da Vinci Myomectomy
One alternative to hysterectomy is myomectomy – or surgical removal of uterine fibroids. It is estimated that up to one third of all hysterectomies are performed for this reason. Myomectomy preserves the uterus, and so it may be recommended for women who wish to become pregnant. About 65,000 myomectomies are performed annually in the United States.
 
 
da Vinci Sacrocolpopexy
Sacrocolpopexy is a procedure designed to surgically correct vaginal vault prolapse. In this procedure, surgical mesh is used to hold the vagina in the correct anatomical position. This procedure can also be performed following a hysterectomy in order to treat uterine prolapse and provide long-term support for the vagina.

For most women, da Vinci Surgery offers numerous potential benefits over traditional surgical approaches, including:

- Shorter hospital stay

- Less pain

- Faster recovery

- Quicker return to normal activities

- Less risk of wound infection

- Less blood loss

- Less scarring

Related Video

Patient Experience Video 

 
Meet the da Vinci Surgeons
Max Kamerman, M.D

View Profile
For more info call:
239-624-1999
Wallace McLean, M.D.

View Profile
 

Edward Grendys, MD
Related Content

Services

Palliative Care

Naples Diagnostic Imaging Cent...

Blood Center News & Events

Hospitals & Walk-In Centers

Obtaining Copies of Your Medic...

Concierge Medicine Enrollment

The Wound Healing and Hyperbar...

Outpatient Rehabilitation Serv...

Oncology Services

Helpful Links

Interactive Health Tools

Sign Up For a Blood Drive

Awards & Recognition

Walk-In Centers

Admitting Information

History

The von Arx Diabetes Center of...

Orthopaedic Services

Concierge Medicine Helpful Lin...

Advance Directives

Guidelines for Donating Blood

Regional Emergency Center

Bonita Community Health Center

Oncology

Patient Rights and & Responsib...

Treatment Centers

The Future Continues (1990's )

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Our Procedures

Outpatient Infusion Services (...

Privacy Notice

Diagnostic Services

About the Community Blood Cent...

Your Accommodations

Arts in Healing

da Vinci Surgical System at NC...

Request Information about Dona...

Access Healthline

Health E-Newsletters

General Surgery

Common Smoking Cessation Metho...

Diabetes Education

The NCH Healthcare System Foun...

da Vinci Surgeons at NCH

NCH Foundation Home

Preventing Medical Errors

Public Safety

Breast Health Navigator

Interested in Hosting a Blood ...

Recipient Stories

Donor Stories

Disaster Relief

Prepaid OB Delivery Package Pr...

Our Surgeons

General Surgery

Vendor Policies & Certificatio...

Physician of the Year 2011 Hon...

Spirit of Women

Rehab

Diagnostic Imaging Services

Your Finances

Laboratory

NCH Orthopaedic Medical Team

Clinical Pastoral Education

Open Heart Surgery

Rehabilitation

Concierge Patient Benefits

Kidcare/Pediatric Emergency Se...

Concierge Medicine Program FAQ...

Cardiac Rehab Phase II

Day of Dance Registration

Naples Day Surgery

Physical Medicine and Rehabili...

Other Surgery Options

NCH Breast Health Navigator Pr...

Blood Work

Green Tree Outpatient Rehabili...

Adenosine/Persantine

Educational Resources

Breast Health Navigator

Diagnostic Tests

Radiation Therapy

Video Content

Code Save-A-Heart

Naples Orthopaedic Surgery

Joint Replacement Procedures

NCH Cares Terms of Use

Briggs Outpatient Rehabilitati...

Prostate Cancer

Cardiac Catheterization

Patients & Family Tools

Regular Exercise Stress Test

Stress Test

Treatments for Heart Disease

Derechos y Responsabilidades d...

Television Stations

The Garden of Hope and Courage

More About Heart Disease

Digital Mammography

Contact Outpatient Rehabilitat...

Outpatient Rehab

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MR...

Contact Surgery

The Brookdale Center for Healt...

About da Vinci

Website Privacy

Robotic Hysterectomy

Ultrasound Imaging

Specialty Care

Treatment Options

Observation - "Watchful Waitin...

Medical Management

Diagnostic Radiology (X-Ray)

Patient Experiences

Factors for Medical Management

Hormonal Therapy

Angioplasty

da Vinci Prostatectomy

Nuclear

Robert Hanson MD

Platelets/double red cell dona...

da Vinci Prostatectomy Video

Implantable Cardioverter Defib...

Marco Island Outpatient Rehabi...

Locations

Valve Disease

Here's Why - Stroke Treatment

Rechte und Pflichten des Patie...

Computed Tomography (CT) Scan

Magnolia Ball Home

In the News

FAQs

Programs You Made Possible

Bonita Outpatient Rehabilitati...

Outpatient Rehabilitation

Pediatric Therapy

What is Palliative Care?

Quitting Resources

Immokalee Outpatient Rehabilit...

Droits et Responsibilities du ...

Varicose Veins

Here's Why - Oncology Services

Make an Outpatient Rehabilitat...

Forms

Speech Therapy Programs

Bone Density Test - DEXA

News

Frequently Asked Questions

Aquatic Therapy

Photo Gallery

Orthopedic & Sports Injuries

Wellness & Nutrition Package

Jesse Haven MD

Hand & Wrist Conditions

Services

Contact NCH Concierge Medicine

Parkinson’s Disease

Vestibular & Balance Program

Pre & Post Joint Replacement

Events

Lymphedema Therapy

Helpful Forms

Vascular Ultrasound

von Arx Diabetes Education

Lectures & Speaker’s Bureau

Tea and Fashion

Osteoporosis Program

Testimonials

Golf & Tennis Injuries

Post-Stroke Rehab.

Classes

Support Groups

Other Neurological Conditions

Your Visit

Your Appointment

Neck Pain

Education & Outreach

Palliative Care Related Servic...

Our Locations

Magnolia Ball News

Piper Building

NCH Diagnostic Imaging Service...

Purpose, Mission, & Vision

Day of Dance

Girls Night Out

Oncology

Concierge Medicine

Girls Night Out

Contact General Surgery

General Surgery

Cancer Wellness Program

Home

National Cancer Survivors Day ...

Nutrition Education

The von Arx Diabetes Center of...

von Arx Diabetes Resources

Contact NCH Oncology Services

Concierge Medicine

General Surgery

Patients & Family Tools 2

von Arx Diabetes Services

Education & Outreach

Home

Julie Southmayd MD

Concierge Home

Concierge Medicine

Family Medicine

Gastroenterology and Hepatolog...

Home

Infectious Disease

Internal Medicine

Oncology Palliative Care

Pay Your Bill

Pediatric Medicine

Physical Medicine

Physician Group Locations

Primary Care

Volunteer Services

Welcome to the von Arx Center

Related Videos