Your Mayo Clinic doctor may recommend a hysterectomy to treat several conditions. Robotic hysterectomy can be an excellent choice if you aren't a candidate for a vaginal hysterectomy. Your doctor may recommend a robotic procedure if you have surgical scars or an anatomical irregularity that limits your options.
To prepare you for a robotic hysterectomy, your doctor will:
Incisions for a robotic procedure are much smaller than those used for open surgery, so you'll have less tissue trauma and smaller scars than you'd have after a traditional abdominal hysterectomy.
During a robotic hysterectomy procedure:
Different people recover at different rates, but staying in the hospital only one night is typical. While you're in the hospital, treatment team members will monitor you to make sure you're comfortable. You may receive medications to limit pain and prevent infection. You can expect light vaginal bleeding after your robotic hysterectomy.
After a hysterectomy you'll no longer have menstrual periods. If your ovaries were also removed, you'll have immediate menopause. You and your doctor will talk about the pros and cons of hormonal therapy.
You may need as long as six weeks to recover. While you're recovering, your doctor may advise you to:
Ask your doctor when and how you can safely resume your physical activities as you heal. You can generally expect to return to work three to four weeks after your hysterectomy.
Regarding sexual activity, you'll need to avoid intercourse for nine weeks after a robotic hysterectomy. You won't be able to get pregnant after a hysterectomy. If your hysterectomy relieves chronic pain or heavy bleeding, you may experience an increase in sexual satisfaction.