Robotic-Assisted Hysterectomy | Hysterectomy Malpractice

Date Posted:

August 5, 2020

Post Author

Andres Beregovich

There is a general belief that robotic-assisted medical procedures are safer than other surgical options. Part of this belief stems from the fact that robotic devices can target much smaller areas and treat conditions with more precision than a surgeon who uses handheld tools. Hysterectomies are one example of surgical procedures that are seeing a rise in robotic-assisted procedures for this reason. A robotic-assisted hysterectomy is less invasive than traditional approaches and may result in fewer complications and quicker healing than laparoscopic or open surgeries. 

The keyword in that sentence is “may”. There is no question that robotic-assisted procedures are helpful and have advanced our surgical capabilities, but the devices still need to be controlled by a qualified surgeon. When unqualified or inexperienced urogynecological surgeons use robotics mistakes can happen and injuries or even death can occur. 

Anyone who is considering a hysterectomy needs to consider all of their surgical options and ask the hard question of how much experience the surgeon has with both the surgical procedure and the technique being considered. Do not blindly assume that just because a procedure is robotics-assisted, it is completely safe and without risk.

Robotic-Assisted Procedures Require Specialty Expertise

While urogynecological surgeons have a deep understanding of hysterectomies that does not necessarily mean they are well-versed in how to perform a hysterectomy via robotics. Traditional hysterectomies involve the removal of the uterus through the vagina or open abdominal surgery. The surgeon can see into the body directly and uses hand-held tools for removal. 

A robotic-assisted hysterectomy is slightly different. These procedures are less invasive than open surgery with the uterus being removed through small incisions in the abdomen. Unlike laparoscopic surgery where the surgeon is using magnification and specialty tools to operate, there is no contact between the surgeon and the patient. During a robotic-assisted procedure, the surgeon is in the room with the patient, but he or she is not looking at the patient during the procedure. Instead, they are performing the procedure while looking at a console and manipulating controls that then tell the robotic device what action to perform. There is literally a robotic device between the patient and the doctor which eliminates the hands-on benefits of other types of surgery. 

Questions to Ask Before a Robotic-Assisted Hysterectomy

Surgeons must be experienced and comfortable using robotics to perform hysterectomies for optimal outcomes. Always do your research before agreeing to a procedure and a surgeon. At a minimum you’ll want to ask your doctor and/or surgeon:

  • What are my treatment options other than surgery?
  • If surgery is required which procedure do you recommend and why?
  • What is your experience level with this specific procedure?
  • What kind of outcomes do you typically achieve?
  • What can I expect as far as recovery time?

If You Have Been Injured By A Medical Procedure, Contact The Beregovich Law Firm

Injuries happen during and as a result of medical procedures more often than we’d like to admit. If you have been injured during or because of a hysterectomy procedure, contact The Beregovich Law Firm for a free case consultation. We work with women and their families to uncover instances of medical malpractice and ensure their rights are protected.  

We offer free consultations at our offices in Orlando and Miami so you can receive an objective review of the case before taking action. Call (800) 631-9009 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.