Gynecology - Minimally Invasive Surgeries
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Typically minimally invasive surgery is terminology that implies small incisions, a quick recovery, and little or no hospital stay. In certain instances major surgical procedures can now be performed through minimally invasive techniques.
Refinement of laparoscopic techniques and instrumentation has allowed for some hysterectomies to be converted from standard abdominal incisions to laparoscopic means of removal.
Laparoscopic hysterectomy can include total laparoscopic hysterectomy, laparoscopic assisted vaginal hysterectomy, and supra-cervical hysterectomy. A diseased uterus with large fibroids or advanced endometriosis can now be treated with the above stated procedures. Hospital stays can be shortened by several days and recovery can be shortened by several weeks.
Some of our physicians are trained to use the da Vinci robot and can perform certain procedures at the University of Louisville Hospital.
Endometrial ablation is now offered as a procedure performed in the office. It frequently can replace hysterectomy as a means to control symptoms from the reproductive system. An ablation requires no incisions, requires only local anesthesia with some sedation, and only a one to two day recovery.
Incontinence surgery for "leaky bladders" is now being done as outpatient surgery. Refinements in materials and techniques over the past 10 years have allowed for a shorter recovery with excellent results.
The physicians at OB/GYN Associates of Southern Indiana are keeping abreast of these newer techniques and are bringing them here to our patients in Southern Indiana.
ACOG.org for more information.