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Hysterectomy - Da Vinci or single port laproscopic?

I am going to have a hysterectomy due to a fibroid that is attached to my uterus wall and cannot just be removed. It causes extreme pain and bleeding. I am frequently anemic.

I am deciding between the Da Vinci or single port laproscopic surgery. Can anyone tell me if they had either of these surgeries done and what were the positives and negatives of each? How long did the actual surgery take? How long was recovery time?

Thank you so much,

Mary
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replied June 9th, 2011
Go with da Vinci!
I went with da Vinci (I actually had a fibroid as well), and it was the best decision I have ever made in my life. The actual surgery took a longer than normal (3 hours) but knowing that my doctor was sitting comfortably at the viewing port instead of awkwardly standing over me trying to reach in my body was much more comforting. I was pretty much back to normal in only two weeks. The only complication I had was accidentally opening a suture but that was because my husband and I tried to get intimate a little too early. I strongly recommend going with da Vinci if you are a candidate, it is 100% the correct choice!

Good Luck,
Grace
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replied June 9th, 2011
Hi Grace,

Thank you for the response. I am curious to know if you were under anesthsia for the three hours of surgery? Did you stay in the hospital for that night and was it easy walking/peeing again? I am also interested in knowing what your recovery time was after a week?

I am aiming towards the Da Vinci method, but the single port is when there is one hole cut in your belly button and the surgeon sees through that by computer. No scars are left and I have hear the operation and recovery time is quicker than the Da Vinci. I am metting with a doctor that does both next week .

I am just curious to know what really people or non doctors experienced with each.

Thank you for your response,

Mary
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replied June 10th, 2011
You never need a hysterectomy for fibroids unless you have the wrong doctor. Regardless of the size, location and number of fibroids, if the doctor has the skill the fibroids can be removed without removing your uterus. Learn more about fibroids at www.hersfoundation.org. Scroll down and click on the link "Fibroids" for excellent, detailed information, including what to ask a doctor to determine if s/he has the skill to perform a myomectomy (surgical removal of fibroids that leaves the uterus intact), and the answers that you should expect. Knowing the questions isn't enough, you need to know the correct answers so that you can evaluate whether the gynecologist has consistently good outcomes. If you need help finding a gynecologist who is skilled at performing myomectomies contact HERS
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