Lawsuits are now being filed on behalf of women who were injured after undergoing hysterectomies which involved the use of a da Vinci Robot. This device, which is used to facilitate complex surgery using a minimally invasive approach, has been linked to hysterectomy complications including cuff dehiscence, bladder injuries, ureter damage and the need for painful revision surgery. This article discusses the recovery process for women who have recently undergone a hysterectomy surgery.
What to Expect After a Robotic Hysterectomy
Women who undergo laparoscopic hysterectomy surgery with a da Vinci Robot can expect these things in the days and weeks following their operation:
- Surgery time varies from approximately one to two hours for simple cases, to four to five hours for complicated cases.
- After surgery, most patients spend one to two hours in a recovery unit. If an overnight stay is required, they are then transferred to the post-operative floor.
- Most patients are able to walk and eat regular food within a day of surgery. Drugs for pain, nausea and bloating are administered intravenously, or by mouth.
- Patients are usually ready to discharge the day after surgery is performed. A medical team will meet with the patient in the morning to determine whether they are ready to go home.
- Because of the anesthesia, the intestines tend to get slowed down. This can cause mild to moderate bloating which may last several days. Anti-gas medications and frequent walking will help minimize the discomfort.
- Once discharged, hysterectomy patients will be sent home with a prescription for the medications that worked well for them in the hospital.
- Patients will experience moderate discomfort and fatigue, but should try to stay active as much as possible.
- Patients should eat a healthy diet and drink plenty of fluids to speed the healing process.
- Most patients can return to work in about two weeks. If your work involves heavy lifting or other strenuous physical activities, it may be best to wait up to six weeks.
- Hysterectomy patients should abstain from sex for six weeks to allow time for the vagina to heal. A gentle exam will be performed at six weeks to ensure vaginal healing is complete.