MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGERY SPECIALISTS
At Women's Health Specialists, we utilize innovative techniques to simplify even the most complicated surgical procedures. Using minimally invasive surgery, we have performed thousands of procedures that improve the quality of women's lives and enable them to recover quickly.
What is minimally invasive surgery?
A minimally invasive surgery is usually a laparoscopic procedure. Laparoscopic surgery is a progressive technique, which is conducted using trochars, or long, narrow instruments, inserted through thin tubes. Tiny incisions are made in the area and the trochars are inserted as well as a camera. Generally, incisions are made around the navel and because they are very tiny the patient can heal much quicker and with reduced internal and external scarring. Laparoscopy is generally conducted under general anesthesia and carbon dioxide is used to expand the patient’s abdomen, which allows the doctor to see the internal structures clearly.
What is laparoscopic surgery used to treat?
Normally, laparoscopy is employed to address endometriosis, undiagnosed pelvin pain, fibroids, ovarian cysts, and the removal of adhesions or scar tissues in the pelvis. Laparoscopy is used when the ovarian cysts to be removed are noncancerous. It can also be used to treat larger fibroids. Here the surgeon can either cauterize or freeze the fibroid in order to destroy the cells. Endometriosis is the most common condition laparoscopy is used to treat. During the operation, the surgeon will look for abnormal lesions of endometrial tissue, or endometriomas, and adhesions. Internal scarring will also be assessed. Customarily, the operation is an outpatient procedure however overnight stays can sometimes be required. This will depend on the complexity and duration of the operation. Some discomfort following the procedure is typical, but can usually be controlled with pain medications. If the discomfort continues or is especially severe, contact the office right away.
Why choose laparoscopic surgery?
Commonly, laparoscopy is used to treat a vary of conditions because there is minimal downtime needed and post-surgical pain is usually reduced greatly. The recovery time is also much shorter. Other benefits include:
- Patients can continue activities earlier
- Smaller external scars
- Fewer Internal scars
- Shorter stays in the hospital