What is minimally invasive surgery?
Minimally invasive surgical techniques are designed to reduce the need for making large incisions in people’s bodies when they need surgery.
Endoscopic surgery, also known as laparoscopic or keyhole surgery, employs an endoscope, a flexible tube that’s passed through small incisions or natural openings such as the nose and mouth.
The tube contains a tiny video camera that relays an image of your internal organs to a screen. Your OB/GYN uses the pictures on the screen to guide the surgical instruments that also pass down the endoscope.
There are also minimally invasive surgeries that use robotic assistance, which gives your OB/GYN even better visuals and greater control.
Can minimally invasive techniques be used for all forms of surgery?
As technology develops, more and more procedures are being done using minimally invasive methods, but not every type of surgery can be done in this way yet.
Gynecological conditions that are suited to minimally invasive surgical techniques include:
- Uterine fibroids
- Ovarian cysts
- Menorrhagia (painful periods)
- Metrorrhagia (irregular periods)
- Pelvic pain
- Gynecologic cancer
- Hysterectomy (removal of the uterus)
- Oophorectomy (removal of the ovaries)
Minimally invasive techniques can also be used to perform procedures such as vaginal reconstruction.
What are the advantages of using minimally invasive surgical techniques?
Minimally invasive surgical techniques have several advantages over traditional open surgery:
- The incisions your OB/GYN makes are far smaller
- Endoscopes can enter the body through natural orifices in some procedures
- You experience less pain
- There’s a lower risk of infection
- Your hospital stay is shorter
- Your recovery time is quicker
- You lose less blood during the procedure
- You have smaller scars
Minimizing the tissue damage during surgery helps prevent complications, and offers a far more comfortable experience for patients. It also provides a better option for patients with additional health problems who would be considered too risky for open surgery.
The internationally recognized OB/GYNs at Galasso, Hirsch & Russell M.D.s, PC, have the expertise to perform a variety of minimally invasive gynecological surgical procedures, so for more information call the clinic today, or make an appointment online.