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Published on January 10, 2012

da Vinci® Surgery for Gynecologic Conditions

HysterectomyDaVinci Surgical Components

A hysterectomy – removal of the uterus – is recommended for several conditions such as: fibroid tumors, severe endometriosis, heavy uterine bleeding and certain gynecologic cancers.

  •     Hysterectomy is the 2nd most common operation for U.S. women
  •     More than 600,000 hysterectomies are performed each year in the  
  •     Fibroids are the #1 reason women have a hysterectomy
  •     1 in 3 women in the U.S. will have a hysterectomy before age 60


Myomectomy is the surgical removal of fibroid tumors. It preserves the uterus and is an alternative to hysterectomy for women who want to get pregnant. Fibroids are non-cancerous and typically located in the uterine wall.

  •     Uterine fibroids occur in up to 1/3 of all women
  •     20-40% of all women have fibroids during reproductive years
  •     60,000 myomectomy procedures are performed each year in U.S.
  •     More than 50% are still performed through a large open incision


Sacrocolpopexy is the surgical correction of vaginal and uterine prolapse (falling) using mesh to hold the vagina or uterus in the correct position.

  •     An estimated 30,000+ women have a sacrocolpopexy each year in the
  •     More than 50% of women still have an open sacrocolpopexy, requiring
        a large abdominal incision
  •     Prolapse occurs more often in women who have had multiple children,
        large babies or who engage in strenuous physical labor

da Vinci Surgery provides precise treatment for gynecologic conditions in a minimally invasive fashion – through tiny incisions instead of a long open incision. da Vinci offers several potential patient benefits compared to open surgery, including: 

  •     Better clinical outcomes, in many cases
  •     Shorter hospital stay & faster recovery
  •     Significantly less pain
  •     Tiny incisions for minimal scarring

While clinical studies support the effectiveness of the da Vinci Surgical System when used in minimally invasive surgery, individual results may vary. There are no guarantees of outcome. All surgeries involve the risk of major complications. Before you decide on surgery, discuss treatment options with your doctor. Understanding the risks of each treatment can help you make the best decision for your individual situation. Surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System may not be appropriate for every individual; it may not be applicable to your condition. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits. Only your doctor can determine whether da Vinci Surgery is appropriate for your situation. © 2011 Intuitive Surgical, Inc. All rights reserved. Intuitive, Intuitive Surgical, da Vinci, da Vinci S, da Vinci Si, Single-Site,  InSite, TilePro and EndoWrist are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intuitive Surgical, Inc. All other product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders. PN 871071 Rev E 04/11