In simple terms, minimally invasive surgery is done through small incisions. Using specialized techniques, miniature cameras with microscopes, tiny fiber-optic flashlights and high definition monitors, our surgeons can perform gynecologic surgery through small incisions that requires only one to two stitches to close. The benefits to minimally invasive surgery are the following:
Speed up recovery
Decrease hospital stay
Decrease blood loss during surgery
Eliminate other potential complications during open surgery
Our surgeons operate using three to five small, dime size incisions. The entire surgery is performed through trocars (thin tubes). After the trocars are inserted, carbon dioxide gas is used to inflate the abdomen and create a working space between the internal organs and the skin. A camera is placed through one of the trocars so that we can view the procedure from video monitors in the operating room. The image on the video monitors is magnified, which provides better visibility for us. Specialized instruments are placed through the other trocars to perform the operation.
Our surgeons are also trained to use the daVinci Robotic System to assist with specific minimally invasive surgeries. The daVinci Robot can be utilized to assist with various gynecologic surgeries, including hysterectomies, lysis of adhesions, uterine fibroid removal, and surgeries for pelvic pain. During your surgical consultation, please ask your doctor if this is the best procedure for you.