Minimally invasive surgical procedures avoid open invasive surgery in favor of closed or local surgery with less trauma. These procedures can often be done vaginally or involve use of laparoscopic instruments. Laparoscopy allows observation of the surgical field through an endoscope or similar device, and is carried out through small incisions in the skin to allow access into the pelvis or abdomen. This may result in shorter hospital stays, or allow outpatient treatment.
Minimally invasive surgery should have less operative trauma for the patient than an equivalent invasive procedure. Hospitalization time is shorter and the procedure causes less pain and scarring and reduces the incidence of post-surgical complications, such adhesions. Many laparoscopic procedures are considered to be relatively painless and, at worst, associated with mild discomfort. Complications are not common (only 5% of all operations).
The daVinci system is a robotic operating system, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for gynecologic surgery in 2005, is one of the newest technologies available for the treatment of gynecologic problems including hysterectomy and ovarian surgery for cancer and other conditions such as pelvic organ prolapse. The daVinci system offers all the benefits of laparoscopic surgery along with increased precision and effectiveness. Patients undergoing laparoscopic procedures typically experience less pain, have fewer instances of infection and recover more quickly than those undergoing open surgery.
For most patients, robotic surgery can offer numerous potential benefits over traditional approaches to vaginal, laparoscopic or open abdominal hysterectomy, particularly when performing more challenging procedures like radical hysterectomy for gynecologic cancer or sacrocolpopexy for pelvic organ prolapse. Potential benefits include:
Our doctors perform a wide variety of gynecological procedures including:
Cervical and endometrial cancers
Lymph node dissections
Ovarian cysts and masses
Hysterectomies (benign or cancer)