Procedure reduces risks for women needing future gynecologic surgeries after C-section

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – A recent study is highlighting the need for less invasive surgical options for women with a prior C-section who subsequently need a hysterectomy.

Dr. Daniel Gomez, a minimally invasive gynecologic surgeon with HCA Florida Northwest Hospital, is utilizing a robotic innovation which allows for a less invasive vaginal approach to hysterectomy.

“When you think about the risks patients have having had a prior C-section and now needing major surgery like a hysterectomy, there’s different things that can get into play for example, a prior C-section can increase the risk of a patient having a lot of adhesions, which is basically scar tissue that distorts the anatomy for the surgeon and makes it quite difficult to maneuver sometimes and increases the risk of infection, post-operative readmission and injury to surrounding organs so it can put the patient at greater risk,” he said.

Gomez said the robotic-assisted vaginal approach reduces those risks and allows patients to recover more quickly.

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