Minimally Invasive Surgery
Minimally invasive surgery is an alternative surgical approach to open surgery where small skin incisions (less than one inch) and specialized tools are used to perform gynecologic surgery.
At Newton-Wellesley OB/GYN, our team of physicians has performed many minimally invasive gynecologic surgery procedures, and has received very specialized training. These surgeries involve specialized instruments and skills to perform the operation through small incision sites.
Hysteroscopy and Laparoscopy Procedures
For a laparoscopy, the doctor uses a small telescope through small abdominal skin incisions to evaluate the pelvic anatomy (uterus, ovaries, Fallopian tubes). In using a laparoscope (camera) where live pictures are sent to a video monitor, the doctor can visualize the anatomy to diagnose conditions, remove tissue, or repair problems in your reproductive organs (uterus, ovaries, Fallopian tubes).
This procedure is often done for the evaluation and treatment of endometriosis, pelvic pain, scar tissue, uterine fibroids, and ovarian cysts. Laparoscopy can also be safely utilized for the removal of the uterus (hysterectomy) or ovaries (oophorectomy).
Minimally Invasive GYN Surgery at Newton-Wellesley OB/GYN
Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery FAQs
Minimally invasive surgery allows our physicians to use specific surgical techniques that limit the size and number of incisions that need to be made during a surgical procedure. As a result, they can perform surgery without cutting into a lot of skin and muscle, as is done with open gynecologic surgery. Less trauma to the muscles results in less pain, less blood loss, and quicker recovery times.
Minimally invasive surgical approaches can be faster, safer, and require less recovery time. Other potential benefits include
- Less blood loss from surgery
- Reduced risk of muscle damage due to reduced trauma to the muscles and soft tissues
- Reduced risk of infection and postoperative pain
- Faster recovery from surgery
- Diminished reliance on pain medications after surgery
Depending on the baseline health of the patient, many minimally invasive gynecologic surgeries can be done on an outpatient basis.