Minimally Invasive Surgery Q & A
What is minimally invasive gynecologic surgery?
The highly trained surgeons at Coeur OBGYN provide progressive and personalized treatment for women with a wide range of gynecologic conditions, such as fibroids. They specialize in minimally invasive techniques, including laparoscopic and robotic-assisted surgeries.
Depending on your needs, your surgeon at Coeur OBGYN may use one or more of these minimally invasive methods:
This procedure doesn’t involve any incisions at all. Your provider inserts an instrument called a hysteroscope through the opening in your cervix to diagnose and treat problems inside your uterus.
Laparoscopic surgery requires very small incisions, about the size of a buttonhole. Your provider inserts a thin, flexible instrument called a laparoscope into the tiny incisions to perform surgery.
The team at Coeur OBGYN is trained to perform robotic-assisted procedures with the da Vinci® surgical system. This advanced technology provides greater precision and superior control while your surgeon guides the robotic arm.
Vaginal surgery provides the least invasive approach to a hysterectomy, or uterus removal. Making a small incision on the inner wall of the vagina avoids abdominal incisions.
What are the benefits of minimally invasive surgery?
Compared to open surgery, minimally invasive techniques involve smaller incisions and less damage to healthy tissue. This offers numerous benefits, such as:
- Less pain
- Reduced scarring
- Faster recovery time
- Reduced risk of infection
Additionally, your Coeur OBGYN surgeon may perform your minimally invasive gynecologic surgery as an outpatient procedure. This adds the convenience of avoiding a trip to the hospital.
What conditions does minimally invasive surgery treat?
In many cases, minimally invasive surgery offers a safer and more effective alternative to open surgery. The team at Coeur OBGYN performs minimally invasive procedures to diagnose and treat a broad range of gynecologic problems, such as:
- Uterine fibroids
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Abnormal uterine bleeding
- Cervical incompetence
- Ovarian cysts
Minimally invasive surgery isn’t always the best option. In some cases, a traditional, open procedure produces superior results or enhanced safety.
To find out if you’re a good candidate for minimally invasive surgery, call Coeur OBGYN or book an appointment online today.