Minimally Invasive Surgery
Thanks to high-tech surgical instruments, and miniature cameras, our doctors are able to treat many patients with minimally-invasive surgical procedures, instead of the more traditional techniques requiring large incisions. Advantages of this type of surgery include:
- Minimal pain with little or no scarring
- Faster return to normal activity
- Shorter or no hospital stay
- Lower costs
Optimum success with these minimally-invasive and small-incision techniques depends, in large part, on the surgeon's level of expertise. Our doctors have trained with world-renowned experts in this area, and are recognized by their medical colleagues as leaders in the performance of these surgical procedures. Several of these surgical procedures are described below.
Laparoscopic Treatment for Ectopic Pregnancy
Ectopic pregnancy is a potentially life-threatening condition in which an early pregnancy implants in the fallopian tube instead of the uterine wall. Severe internal bleeding can occur unless prompt diagnosis and surgical treatment are obtained. This condition can be successfully treated with minimally-invasive surgical techniques, usually with preservation of the fallopian tube.
Endometrial Ablation - Alternative to Hysterectomy
Hysterectomy is the second most commonly performed surgery in the United States. The vast majority are performed for excessive and socially disabling menstrual periods, or for uterine fibroids. Endometrial ablation is designed as an alternative to hysterectomy for women with these conditions. As opposed to hysterectomy, endometrial ablation requires no surgical incision or organ removal. Instead, the uterine lining is burned away, or ablated. In doing so, monthly menstrual flow is successfully eliminated or reduced to several days of light flow. Hormonal status remains unchanged.
Surgical Treatment of Pelvic Pain and Infertility
Endometriosis, ovarian cysts, adhesions, or complications of pelvic infection are often the cause of pelvic pain associated with sexual intercourse or with a woman's monthly period. Such conditions may also be the cause of infertility. Minimally-invasive surgery, utilizing pelviscopic instruments and a laser, is used to diagnose and effectively treat these conditions.
Laparoscopic - Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy (LAVH)
When a hysterectomy is necessary, a minimally-invasive surgical technique utilizing laparoscopic instruments is available. This allows for removal of the uterus, tubes, and ovaries vaginally, rather than via the customary, large-incision abdominal approach. You should discuss with your doctor whether this is a viable choice for you.