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What are the advantages of robotic VVF repair over open surgery?
Robotic VVF repair offers several advantages over traditional open surgery, including smaller incisions, reduced blood loss, shorter hospital stays, faster recovery, less post-operative pain, and better cosmetic outcomes with minimal scarring.
How long does the surgery take, and how long is the recovery period?
The duration of robotic VVF repair can vary, but it typically takes about 2 to 4 hours. Patients may be able to return home within a day or a few days after the surgery, and the recovery period is generally faster compared to open surgery.
Will I experience pain after robotic VVF repair?
Most patients experience less post-operative pain after robotic VVF repair compared to open surgery. Pain management strategies, including pain medications, are typically provided to ensure comfort during the recovery period.
Am I a candidate for robotic VVF repair?
Candidates for robotic VVF repair are women who have developed a vesicovaginal fistula, typically as a result of childbirth trauma, pelvic surgery, radiation therapy, or other injuries to the bladder and vaginal wall. The decision for surgery will depend on individual patient factors, such as the size and location of the fistula and overall health.
What is the success rate of robotic VVF repair?
Robotic VVF repair has shown excellent success rates in repairing vesicovaginal fistulas and restoring urinary continence. Success rates may vary depending on the complexity of the fistula and the surgeon's experience.
When can I resume normal activities after robotic VVF repair?
Patients can gradually resume normal activities, including work and light exercises, within a few weeks after robotic VVF repair. The specific timeline for returning to activities will depend on individual healing and the surgeon's recommendations.