News | Published July 13, 2012 | Written by Shreya Patel, MD, FACOG

The benefits of a minimally invasive hysterectomy

A traditional hysterectomy can be associated with pain, a long recovery and a large abdominal scar. Fortunately, there is a minimally invasive option for women receiving a hysterectomy.

With the minimally invasive da Vinci® Surgical System, doctors use robotic technology as a tool to perform complex procedures with unmatched precision. The end result is an easier physician experience with the following patient benefits:

  • Reduced complications
  • Smaller incisions
  • Less scarring
  • Reduced pain associated with the initial recovery
  • Shorter recovery time

With da Vinci® Surgical System, most patients return home in less than 24 hours and are back to work and other normal activities in about 2-4 weeks, compared to an average 4-6 week recovery time that is associated with a traditional abdominal hysterectomy.

Mount Nittany Health is the exclusive provider of the leading-edge da Vinci® robotically assisted surgery in the region.

In addition to providing benefits to patients, da Vinci® Surgical System also offers advantages to surgeons by allowing them greater surgical precision, increased range of motion, improved dexterity, enhanced visualization and improved access.

A surgeon sitting at a console a few feet away from a patient views the image of the surgical field from there. The robot replicates the surgeon's movements in real time, which means it doesn't make decisions on its own or move in a certain way without the surgeon's input. da Vinci® provides a 3-D view of the surgical field and performs finer and more delicate articulated movements with the surgical wrists when compared to traditional and laparoscopic instruments.

Currently, Mount Nittany Health provides additional gynecologic procedures using da Vinci®, including surgeries for ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids and endometriosis. Also, Mount Nittany Health offers urologic procedures, including prostatectomies and kidney surgery, using da Vinci® Surgical System.

Interested community members should talk to their physicians to determine if a da Vinci® Surgical System procedure is right for them. For more information on the minimally invasive procedures available at Mount Nittany Physician Group's OB-GYN practice, please call 814.237.3470 or visit