Many women have a difficult time visualizing what’s happening in their body when a doctor tells them they have fibroid tumors, and they can benefit from having a hysterectomy to remove these painful growths.
Dr. Lynn Kowalski of Nevada Surgery and Cancer Care created a video from one of her live surgeries (her 1,025 robot-assisted hysterectomy, to be exact) to show patients how a complex hysterectomy procedure can be made easy simply by visualizing the procedure while she explains.
At the beginning of the video, she showed a picture of a normal female pelvis.
Then an image of her patient’s pelvis with fibroid tumors.
As you can see, they’re quite different looking. Because of this patient’s fibroid tumors, her uterus had become swollen and unnaturally large. The patient complained of feeling constantly bloated, and some urinary incontinence because the fibroids pushed on her bladder. Dr. Kowalski will remove the oversized uterus and fibroids, relieving the patient of chronic pelvic pain.
What are Fibroids?
Fibroids make a knot or mass or cells inside the uterus and grow during the time a woman is in her 30s or 40s. Many women have smaller fibroids that cause no pain, therefore requiring no treatment. Yet, cumbersome fibroids cause heavy bleeding during menstruation, increased urination and pelvic pain, like this patient experienced. Fibroids affect all patients differently, so it’s up to you and your doctor to discuss your symptoms so your gynecologist can decide whether a hysterectomy procedure may or may not be right for you.
Why Fibroids Make a Hysterectomy More Difficult
As you watch the video, you’ll see why this patient’s fibroids make her hysterectomy surgery more time consuming. Dr. Kowalski works carefully to separate scar tissue from other organs and contains the oversized uterus so that she can cleanly snip it away from other vital organs. “In order to minimize the risk of injury, we skeletonize the blood vessels. This is a standard technique of surgery that we would use for any operation. We want to separate [the organ] from the critical surrounding structures so that it can be removed safely.”
As you can see, Dr. Kowalski performs her hysterectomies with a minimally invasive robot-assisted device called the da Vinci. With a 3D high definition view, Dr. Kowalski sees the organ in a highly magnified way. The da Vinci robot allows extra precision and visualization to make the most complex hysterectomies easier, leaving the surgeon more confident in their work and the hysterectomy recovery time much faster for the patient.
After a minimally invasive robot-assisted surgery, patients are able to leave the hospital typically the next day and are easily walking to the bathroom or kitchen within a couple of days without assistance.
If you would like to know more about hysterectomies, or what procedure may be right for you, Dr. Kowalski accepts new patients at Nevada Surgery and Cancer Care. Make a consultation to find relief from your own fibroids today with Dr. Kowalski.