Robotic Hysterectomy

A wide variety of conditions can affect a woman’s reproductive system, which consists of the uterus, vagina, ovaries and fallopian tubes. Gynecological conditions can cause chronic pain and heavy bleeding as well as other disabling symptoms. A few of these common conditions include:

  • Fibroids—non-cancerous growths in the uterine wall
  • Endometriosis—non-cancerous growths in the uterine lining
  • Prolapse—falling or slipping of the uterus

Women who experience these symptoms are often treated with a hysterectomy—the surgical removal of the uterus. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this procedure is the second most common surgery for women in the United States; an estimated one-third of women will have a hysterectomy by age 60.

Learn how Gwinnett Medical Center offers minimally invasive hysterectomies.



Until recently, surgery for most gynecologic conditions was performed using a large abdominal incision. This is because while conventional laparoscopic surgery is effective for many routine procedures, the long-handled, rigid instruments used in laparoscopy are not usually considered effective for delicate or complex operations.

da Vinci Hysterectomy

Fortunately, there is a minimally invasive option for treating gynecologic conditions designed to overcome the limitations of traditional surgery - da Vinci Surgery.
If your doctor recommends a hysterectomy to treat your condition, you may be a candidate for da Vinci Surgery. Using state-of-the-art technology, a da Vinci® Hysterectomy requires only a few tiny incisions, so you can get back to your life faster.
The da Vinci Systemenables your doctor to perform a minimally invasive hysterectomy even for complex conditions with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control. da Vinci offers women many potential benefits over traditional surgery, including:
Less pain1Fewer complications2Less blood loss3,4Shorter hospital stay4Low risk of wound infection5Quicker recovery and return to normal activities6
The da Vinci System is a state-of-the-art surgical platform with 3D, high-definition vision and miniaturized, wristed surgical instruments designed to help doctors take surgery beyond the limits of the human hand. By helping doctors to overcome the challenges of traditional open and laparoscopic surgery, da Vinci is changing the experience of surgery for women around the world. 
If you are considering robotic surgery, Request a FREE educational and testimonial DVD about robotic hysterectomies in the mail from Gwinnett Medical Center–Duluth and Download a FREE brochure to learn about robotic procedures offered at GMC–Duluth.

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  2. Piquion-Joseph JM, Navar A, Ghazaryan A, Papanna R, Klimek W, Laroia R. Robot-assisted gynecological surgery in a community setting. Journal of Robotic Surgery, 2009:1-4.
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  4. Payne, T. N. and F. R. Dauterive. A comparison of total laparoscopic hysterectomy to robotically assisted hysterectomy: surgical outcomes in a community practice. J Minim Invasive Gynecol, 2008;15(3): 286-291.
  5. Boggess JF, Gehrig PA, Cantrell L, Shafer A, Ridgway M, Skinner EN, Fowler WC. A comparative study of 3 surgical methods for hysterectomy with staging for endometrial cancer: robotic assistance, laparoscopy, laparotomy. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2008 Oct;199(4):360.e1-9.
  6. Bell MC, Torgerson J, Seshadri-Kreaden U, Suttle AW, Hunt S. Comparison of outcomes and cost for endometrial cancer staging via traditional laparotomy, standard laparoscopy and robotic techniques. Gynecol Oncol. 2008 Dec;111(3):407-11. Epub 2008 Oct 1.

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