If your periods are so heavy that they disrupt your normal daily activities, you may have excessive menstrual bleeding. The medical term for periods that are very heavy, prolonged, or both is menorrhagia. Symptoms of menorrhagia may also include cramping, pelvic pain and, in severe cases, anemia.
Excessive menstrual bleeding is a common condition that occurs for many of reasons. Two of the most common causes are: a hormonal imbalance and uterine growths.
Your menstrual cycle is controlled by hormones, including estrogen and progesterone. When these hormones are out of balance, they can cause heavy periods or bleeding between periods. Causes of hormonal imbalances may include:
Excessive menstrual bleeding can be treated with hormone therapy, surgery or a combination of both. Your doctor can diagnose your condition and provide treatment(s) to relieve your symptoms.
Your doctor may recommend you take hormones such as progesterone or the birth control pill to control and regulate your period. Hormone therapy can limit the swelling of your endometrium (uterine lining that sheds each month during your period) and extra endometrial tissue (implants). This treatment may be used before, instead of, or after surgery.
Surgical procedures to treat excessive bleeding include endometrial ablation, endometrial resection and hysterectomy.
A hysterectomy can be performed using traditional open or laparoscopic surgery. Open surgery involves a large abdominal incision (laparotomy), significant trauma to the body and a lengthy recovery. Traditional laparoscopic surgery is minimally invasive – surgeons operate through a few small incisions. Laparoscopic surgery requires the use of long-handled, rigid instruments, which can present challenges during complex or delicate operations that require a greater degree of precision or dexterity.da Vinci® Surgery
Fortunately, there is a minimally invasive option for treating gynecologic conditions designed to overcome the limits of traditional open and laparoscopic surgery – da Vinci Surgery.
If your doctor recommends surgery to treat excessive menstrual bleeding, you may be a candidate for da Vinci Surgery. Using state-of-the-art technology, da Vinci® Surgery requires only a few tiny incisions so you can get back to your life faster.
The da Vinci System enables your doctor to perform surgery for complex conditions with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control. da Vinci Hysterectomy offers women many potential benefits over traditional surgery, including:
The da Vinci System\ is a state-of-the-art surgical platform with 3D, high-definition vision and miniaturized, wristed surgical instruments designed to help doctors take surgery beyond the limits of the human hand. By helping doctors to overcome the challenges of traditional open and laparoscopic surgery, da Vinci is changing the experience of surgery for women around the world.
If you have been putting off treatment for a gynecologic condition, it's time to ask your doctor about da Vinci Surgery.
As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed since surgery is specific to each patient, condition and procedure. It is important to talk to your doctor about all treatment options, including the risks and benefits. This information can help you to make the best decision for your situation.
While clinical studies support the effectiveness of the da Vinci Surgical System when used in minimally invasive surgery, individual results may vary. There are no guarantees of outcome. All surgeries involve the risk of major complications. Before you decide on surgery, discuss treatment options with your doctor. Understanding the risks of each treatment can help you make the best decision for your individual situation. Surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System may not be appropriate for every individual; it may not be applicable to your condition. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits. Only your doctor can determine whether da Vinci Surgery is appropriate for your situation. The clinical information and opinions, including any inaccuracies expressed in this material by patients or doctors about da Vinci Surgery, are not necessarily those of Intuitive Surgical, Inc. and should not be considered as substitute for medical advice provided by your doctor. © 2011 Intuitive Surgical. All rights reserved.
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