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.

There are several types of treatments for menorrhagia, including:

  • Hormone therapy - your gynecologist may prescribe prescription hormone drugs such as progesterone or the birth control pill to control your menstrual cycle and bleeding
  • Endometriosis resections - While Endometriosis Resections can be done with laparoscopy, robotic surgery at Holy Cross Health in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, offers some advantages. The da Vinci® Surgical System enables the surgeon to view the incisions in 3D. This three-dimensional view allows the surgeon to see endometriosis lesions with more clarity than two dimensional viewing available through laparoscopy, enabling the surgeon to more precisely remove the lesions.
  • Hysterectomy - The da Vinci Hysterectomy at Holy Cross offers numerous potential benefits over traditional approaches to vaginal, laparoscopic or open abdominal hysterectomy, particularly when performing more challenging procedures like radical hysterectomy for gynecologic cancer.

Potential benefits of robotic endometriosis resections and hysterectomies include:

  • Significantly less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Fewer complications
  • Less scarring
  • A shorter hospital stay
  • A faster return to normal daily activities

As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is both patient- and procedure-specific. While gynecologic surgery using the da Vinci Surgical System is considered safe and effective, it may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.

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