Learn more about robotic fibroid surgery
The team at our Austin fertility center is able to perform robotic fibroid surgery to help women struggling with fibroids. Fibroids are common benign growths of the uterine muscle that can cause heavy and painful periods as well as infertility.
Doctors describe fibroids based on their location. Submucosal fibroids occur within the cavity of the uterus. Surgeons can remove them during a procedure called a hysteroscopy. In contrast, fibroids that are in the uterine wall (intramural) or outside of the uterus (subserosal) require a surgery through the abdomen.
Advances provide new options for fibroid removal, including robotic fibroid surgery
Advancements in surgery allow the surgeons at our Austin fertility center to remove these fibroids through multiple small incisions. This is minimally invasive surgery. It is best performed by a skilled surgeon who has experience in this technique. Possible benefits of minimally invasive robotic fibroid surgery include reduced recovery time, less blood loss and less pain after surgery.
There are different types of minimally invasive fibroid surgery
Conventional laparoscopy and robotic surgery are two different minimally invasive surgical methods. Both surgeries involve passing a small surgical telescope through the patient’s belly button and placing instruments through other small incisions. When the surgeons at our Austin fertility center perform this surgery, they watch their actions on a video monitor.
In laparoscopic surgery, the surgeon holds and manipulates the surgical instruments. During robotic fibroid surgery, the surgeon sits at a computer console and controls a robot that performs the actual movements in the body. Robotic fibroid surgery may allow for more precision and greater flexibility in hard-to-reach fibroid cases. It may allow for removal of fibroids that might otherwise only be removable during conventional fibroid surgery.
Robotic fibroid surgery is appropriate for patients with a relatively small number of fibroids. Patients with many fibroids may still need to consider conventional fibroid surgery for the best results.
All the physicians at our Austin fertility center are skilled in minimally invasive surgery. We have options for patients who are seeking laparoscopic or robotic surgery.
Contact us to schedule an appointment and learn more.