Robotic hysterectomy  

A total abdominal hysterectomy is an operation to remove your womb and cervix through a surgical incision in your tummy (or lower abdomen). Our consultants are able to use the latest robotic-assisted, keyhole surgery to carry out this procedure, which results in less scarring, less bleeding, less trauma, lesser pain after surgery and a shorter recovery time.

Who is suitable for a robotic hysterectomy?

Your gynaecologist may recommend a hysterectomy as a treatment for various conditions affecting the reproductive system, usually where other treatments have not worked. These conditions include:

  • Fibroids – non-cancerous growths of muscle and fibrous tissue in your womb
  • Endometriosis – when the cells that usually line your womb also grow outside it
  • Painful or heavy periods that have not been controlled by other treatments
  • Cancer of the womb, cervix or ovaries.

After a hysterectomy you’ll no longer have periods. As the procedure is irreversible, your consultant will discuss your treatment options with you, giving you plenty of time to think about what is best for you.

One advantage of a total hysterectomy over a subtotal hysterectomy, which only removes the womb, is that by also removing the cervix, you remove any risk of developing cervical cancer at a later date.  

What does the procedure involve?

A robotic hysterectomy usually takes an hour. During the operation, you will be under general anaesthetic.

Your surgeon will use the da Vinci Xi surgical robot – a pair of highly advanced robotic arms – to assist. In the operating theatre, your surgeon will operate the robotic arms using a console. These arms hold a camera and surgical equipment, and enable the surgeon to make very precise movements in the body.  

Your surgeon makes small incisions in your tummy. They then use a laparoscope – a thin telescopic instrument with a light – to investigate and treat your condition. Robotic arms are inserted through these small holes and connected with consoles. The surgeon then uses his hands to control the arms and carries out the operation very precisely. They will remove your womb and cervix. They may also need to remove your fallopian tubes and ovaries, however all these discussions will happen prior to surgery.

The advantage of robotic-assisted hysterectomy is that it enables your surgeon to carry out this complex procedure with great precision. This causes less scarring and less pain, meaning you will recover quicker.     

What is the recovery period?

After the procedure, you will need to rest in hospital for a night. When you are ready to go home, your consultant or specialist nurse will let you know how to manage your recovery. You may feel pain and discomfort in your abdomen for a few days after the operation and will probably experience some bleeding and discharge for a few weeks. Typically, it takes between four to six weeks to recover fully and to return to your normal activities, including work.

What can you do to prepare for the procedure?

Ahead of your operation, it helps to be as fit and healthy as possible. This will help you cope with the operation and recover strength afterwards.

Self-pay package

As well as working with all major insurance companies, we also welcome patients who wish to pay for themselves. We offer a range of self-pay package options, including:

  • Fixed Price Packages: these are comprehensive, all-inclusive packages that group everything you may need for treatment into one clear price. All of our Fixed Price Packages include pre-admission tests, procedure, all professional fees, all post-op outpatient care and any other consultant-recommended services as part of your treatment.

Below is an outline of our Fixed Price Package.

Included in the package price:

  • Consultant Surgeon and Consultant Anaesthetist procedure fees.
  • Two follow-up consultations with consultant within post-op timeframe.
  • Pre-admission outpatient tests, which includes standard pathology and diagnostic tests (ECG & Chest X-ray), if required.
  • Recovery and accommodation which includes a stay in a private en-suite room.
  • Ward medications, dressings, and ward nursing consumables.
  • Theatre Procedure, including anaesthetic drugs and theatre consumables.
  • Theatre Prosthesis.
  • Pathology and histology, if required.
  • Standard post–op medication issued and used during the inpatient stay.
  • Inpatient physiotherapy and surgical stockings, if required.
  • Discharge medication pertaining to the condition being treated by this package.
  • All patient meals and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Return to theatres within one week of the procedure date due to complication.
  • Post-op pertaining to the procedure within two nights.

Inclusions listed above are non-refundable if not required.

Excluded from the package price:

  • Take out supplies.
  • Companion beds and catering for relatives / visitors.
  • Personal expenses –telephone calls, additional catering, ambulances, etc…

If additional night’s stay, diagnostics, or other services are requested from your consultant you will not be charged in addition for these as these are included within the Fixed Price Package.

Consultants offering this package:

When enquiring about this package please quote Q0791.

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