Latest Advances in Gynecologic Minimally Invasive Surgery
Minimally invasive gynecologic surgery is the use of less invasive techniques, such as laparoscopy or hysteroscopy, to surgically treat gynecologic conditions. Minimally invasive techniques require no or only a few small incisions, rather than one large incision. Some of the procedures can be done on an outpatient basis, other may require a short hospital stay of one to two nights.
Benefits of Gynecologic Minimally Invasive Surgery
Minimally invasive techniques offer a safer and effective alternative to traditional open surgery by avoiding a large abdominal incision. With minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, patients can have:
Less blood loss
Shorter hospital stays
Faster recovery and return to daily activities
Reduced scar tissue
Less risk of infection or other complications
Conditions We Treat with Gynecologic Minimally Invasive Surgery
• Ectopic pregnancy
• Gynecologic cancers, such as cervical cancer, endometrial (uterine) cancer, and ovarian cancer
• Heavy bleeding and painful periods
• Ovarian cysts
• Pelvic inflammatory disease
• Pelvic organ prolapse
• Pelvic adhesions (painful scar tissue)
• Pelvic pain
• Postmenopausal bleeding
• Uterine fibroids
• Uterine polyps
Types of Gynecologic Minimally Invasive Surgery
• Laparoscopy: The surgeon makes 3 to 4 small incisions in the pelvic area to insert a laparoscope, a narrow tube with a lighted camera, and surgical instruments to access the surgical site.
• Vaginal technique: The surgeon makes a small incision in the vagina to access the surgical site.
• Laparoscopic-assisted vaginal technique: The surgeon accesses the surgical site using both laparoscopy and the vaginal approach.
• Robot-assisted laparoscopy: The surgeon uses a robotic system with a console that provides magnified, high-resolution 3D imaging of the surgical site, and controls arms with miniaturized instruments to perform a laparoscopy.
• Single port surgery: The surgeon performs laparoscopy with just one incision into the navel (belly button).
• Hysteroscopy: The surgeon inserts a hysteroscope, a narrow, lighted camera, and instruments through the cervix to access the uterus without incisions.
Using these minimally invasive gynecologic surgical approaches, our surgeons perform a wide range of procedures, such as:
• Cancer staging: Evaluation of cancerous tissue to determine whether it is in an early or a late stage, to help plan treatment
• Endometrial ablation: Procedure to destroy the endometrium to reduce heavy menstrual bleeding
• Hysterectomy: Removal of the uterus and, in some cases, the ovaries and fallopian tubes
• Myomectomy: Removal of uterine fibroids and reconstruction of the uterus
• Ovarian cystectomy: Removal of ovarian cysts
• Resection and treatment of endometriosis: Removal of endometriotic implants and scar tissue with restoration of anatomy and functioning of organs
• Pelvic organ prolapse repair: Suspension or reattachment procedures to reposition prolapsed pelvic organs, such as in the case of a cystocele (bladder hernia) or rectocele (rectal hernia), back into their proper positions
• Cancer surgery: Removal of cancerous tumors from the cervix, uterus, ovaries, and other reproductive organs
• Tubal ligation: Sterilization by cutting or blocking the fallopian tubes to permanently prevent pregnancy
• Tubal reanastomosis: Procedure to reverse a tubal ligation by reconnecting the fallopian tubes
Post time: Jun-20-2020