Same Day Discharge Hysterectomy
Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus. This surgery was first successfully performed in the 19th century using large abdominal incisions. Through this approach patients can stay up to 5 days at the hospital, but new technology has led to perform less invasive procedures leading to shorter hospital stays.
Laparoscopic hysterectomy is a minimally invasive approach that results in decreased morbidity, shorter hospital stay, less pain, less blood loss, fewer complications, faster recovery and an earlier return to normal activities compared with other approaches.
Despite the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) stating that minimally invasive hysterectomy should be the standard of care, more than 50% of hysterectomies are still open procedures, and finding a gynecologist that performs same-day discharge after a minimally invasive surgery is still unusual.
Leading Laparoscopic Surgeon in Houston, TX
Dr. Sandoval is a leader and one of the most experienced gynecological surgeons of laparoscopic surgery. Featured in the Houstonian Magazine as a top doctor. He has done advanced training in Laparoscopic, robotic and minimally invasive surgery at Baylor College of Medicine. He has trained young surgeons in these techniques, both nationally and internationally. The da Vinci system cannot be programmed and it cannot make decisions on its own. The da Vinci System requires that every surgical maneuver be performed with direct input from your surgeon.
What to Expect During a Laparoscopic Hysterectomy
During a laparoscopic hysterectomy, Dr. Sandoval removes the uterus through three tiny (5mm) incisions in the abdomen. The surgery normally takes around 60 minutes, and in most cases patients go home on the same day!
Indications for hysterectomy include pelvic pain, heavy menstrual bleeding, uterine fibroids, adenomyosis, endometriosis, uterine prolapse, and cancer.
Studies have consistently found that same-day discharge is safe and less costly and may be associated with fewer postoperative complications. Patients are typically seen for a postoperative visit in the office within 10 days after surgery.