Prescription Arkansas: Davinci Robotic Hysterectomy

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The decision to have a hysterectomy is never an easy one. Next to a Cesarean Section, it is the second most common surgery performed on reproductive-aged women.

    In this month's Prescription Arkansas, THV 11 takes a look into the potential benefits of a robotic hysterectomy versus the traditional surgery.

    Danielle Baker, 43, went back for a follow up appointment with Dr. Breniman at Baptist Health. Not long ago, she faced some health risks and made the decision to have a hysterectomy.

    Since 2007, doctors have been performing the Davinci Robotic Hysterectomy, which is a far cry from what Baker's mother experienced. It's a state of the art technology that improves recovery time and lessens discomfort and recovery pain. The robotic surgery requires only a few tiny incisions, so women can get back to normal quickly. The robot also allows doctors to have a 3D view of the internal structures.

    Before this, surgery for most gynecologic conditions was performed using a large abdominal incision with the potential of severe pain and possible infections. While the recovery time for the traditional surgery is 3 to 4 days, the robotic is about 24 hours.

    Baker was able to go into the hospital, spend one night and be able to get out the next morning and go home and be with her family.

    A recent study compared the two surgeries. Researchers said it fared well in most surgical aspects; however, the robotic procedure is associated with longer operating times. It also costs a few thousand dollars more.

    One in nine U.S. women are faced with the decision to have a hysterectomy, and while Dr. Breniman said the robotic option is not for every patient, it's worth researching.

    Baptist Health was one of the first hospitals in the country to offer the robotic surgery option.

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