Minimally Invasive Surgery Q & A
What is minimally invasive surgery?
Minimally invasive surgery refers to surgical techniques that do not require a single large incision like traditional techniques for the same operations.
Heartfelt Obstetrics And Gynecology uses minimally invasive techniques like hysteroscopy and advanced laparoscopic surgery to minimize incisions and trauma or avoid them altogether.
Commonly used techniques for minimally invasive gynecologic surgeries are:
Hysteroscopy does not use incisions to access your reproductive organs. Your surgeon inserts a lighted camera called a hysteroscopy through your vagina and into the uterus. They manipulate slender tools to perform the surgery and use the hysteroscope’s projected image on a nearby monitor for guidance.
Laparoscopy requires incisions. Your surgeon makes a small incision near your navel and inserts a lighted camera called a laparoscope through the incision to see inside your uterus. They introduce gas into the region to expand it and give your surgeon a better view on the nearby monitor. Through a second small incision, they use small tools to make repairs.
What is the purpose of minimally invasive surgery?
Minimally invasive surgeries like hysteroscopy and laparoscopy serve a wide array of purposes at Heartfelt Obstetrics And Gynecology. The team uses them to make diagnoses, track treatment progress, remove adhesions and growths, and make repairs, among other purposes.
Some of the most common reasons for minimally invasive gynecologic surgery include:
- Diagnosing abnormal uterine bleeding
- Diagnosing pelvic pain
- Diagnosing and treating endometriosis
- Removing fibroids
- Removing cysts
- Removing scar tissue
- Performing a hysterectomy
- Assessing infertility
If minimally invasive surgery is the next logical step in your treatment, the team tells you which technique they’ll use and how to prepare for a successful operation.
What are the benefits of minimally invasive surgery?
Minimally invasive surgery, especially in the context of gynecology, offers plenty of advantages over open surgery. It’s especially convenient because incisions are often not necessary as the vaginal opening offers your surgeon access to organs that may need treatment.
While comparing minimally invasive gynecologic surgeries to open surgery options, consider these benefits that minimally invasive techniques can offer:
- Few or no scars
- Better cosmetic results
- Less postoperative pain
- Less bleeding
- A faster recovery
In most cases, you can get minimally invasive surgery on an outpatient basis and avoid a costly and often uncomfortable hospital stay. The team at Heartfelt Obstetrics And Gynecology makes sure you have the tools and suggestions you need for a successful recovery.
For more information on minimally invasive surgery and its benefits in gynecology, call Heartfelt Obstetrics And Gynecology, or request an appointment online today.