Life Begins @ 50 Expo

Great job to Dr. Renee Harris!  She was recently asked to be a guest speaker at the Life Begins @ 50 Expo on April 20, 2013 at the River Center in downtown Baton Rouge.  At the Expo, she represented Woman’s Hospital and gave a presentation discussing robotic hysterectomies.  Points discussed included the gynecological conditions that can lead to surgery and the different surgical techniques that can be used. The presentation was well attended and informative.

A hysterectomy is the removal of a woman’s uterus.  A robotic hysterectomy is a minimally invasive surgical method of removing a woman’s uterus.  Some medical conditions that may lead to the need for this surgery include heavy or irregular bleeding, pelvic pain, postmenopausal bleeding, cancer, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, and uterine prolapse that are not relieved by medical management.

Prior to minimally invasive surgery, a hysterectomy was performed either through the patient’s abdomen or vagina.  If performed through the abdomen, postoperative difficulties may include increased pain, bleeding, wound infection, and requiring a longer hospital stay than compared to minimally invasive techniques.  With a robotic hysterectomy, a person can expect to go home the same day or the day after surgery and have a faster recovery period with smaller incisions and decreased pain.  There is also a reduced risk for complications like bleeding and infection.

Medical management is usually tried first to treat medical conditions.  However, if surgery is becoming the more favorable option, discuss with your doctor if you would be a good candidate for robotic surgery.