Robotics has changed the way many surgeries are performed today. Among those which Dr. Oster performs are laparoscopic vaginal hysterectomy, myomectomy, and ovarian surgeries.
Traditionally, if you had to have surgery like a hysterectomy, the surgeon would make a long incision in your abdomen and remove your uterus.
The surgeon would then stitch up the incision, and recovery would take a while. Furthermore, lots of complications could occur, including infection and substantial blood loss. You’d also be sore and on bed rest for a time.
Patients undergoing robotic-assisted surgery usually have quite a different experience. There’s less bleeding involved since the incision site or sites are considerably smaller. The procedure also tends to be performed with more precision. Additionally, the minimally-invasive procedures mean you may have less pain and heal faster. You’ll also be able to get back to your normal activities sooner.
The idea of having a robot perform surgery on you can be intimidating, but it’s actually completely safe. Dr. Oster still performs the surgery, just with robotic assistance. Any surgery has a certain amount of risk involved whether it’s traditional or robotic, and Dr. Oster will explain the risks to you before you undergo your procedure.
Doctors have been using the da Vinci® Surgical System in gynecological surgeries since 2005 when the Food and Drug Administration approved it. Dr. Oster is a certified provider and has been using it for years. She’d be happy to answer your questions about using robotics for your surgery.
The first thing you’ll want to do is make an appointment for a physical exam and to go over your medical history. You need to do this within 30 days of your surgery. Talk with Dr. Oster about medications that you may be taking to find out if you need to stop taking them on the day of your surgery. She may also have you check in with your primary physician prior to the surgery.
Aspirin and over-the-counter drugs containing aspirin act as blood thinners, so you need to stop taking them at least a week before your surgery. If you need to take a pain reliever, you can take Tylenol.
Dr. Oster will give you specific instructions on preparation for the day of your surgery. Be sure to follow them faithfully so she can perform your procedure without delay or complications.
Heidi J. Oster accepts most major insurance plans. Below is a short-list of just a few of the plans she accepts. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
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