Minimally invasive gynecologic surgery is surgery used to treat problems of the female reproductive system. Gynecologic surgeons go inside the body through the vagina or tiny incisions in the abdomen instead of using large incisions to reach the reproductive organs.
Our doctors at Dignity Health perform minimally invasive gynecologic surgery in Arizona. We have three exceptional facilities fully dedicated to women’s health services:
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Why Doctors Perform Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery
People generally recover more quickly after minimally invasive surgery than after traditional, “open” surgery. Compared to traditional surgery, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery is associated with:
- Less pain
- Less blood loss
- Less disruption to your life
Women who have minimally invasive gynecologic surgery can usually return to their usual activities within a week or two after surgery. With traditional gynecologic surgery, full recovery often takes a month or more.
Gynecological surgeons treat a variety of conditions with minimally invasive surgery:
What to Expect from Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery
Minimally invasive gynecologic surgery is performed in an operating room under general anesthesia. You will be “asleep” during the procedure.
There are two main approaches to minimally invasive gynecologic surgery: hysteroscopic surgery and laparoscopic surgery.
Hysteroscopic surgery is also known as no-incision surgery. For some surgeries, especially surgeries affecting the uterus, doctors can reach the surgical site through the vagina and cervix.
Laparoscopic surgery involves tiny incisions in the abdomen. Gynecologic surgeons use these incisions to reach the reproductive organs. Surgeons insert tiny cameras, lights, and surgical instruments so they can see inside the body and manipulate their surgical instruments. Sometimes, doctors use a special surgical robot. This is called robot-assisted surgery. During the procedure, carbon dioxide gas inflates the belly gently for added visibility.
Recovery After Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery
After surgery, you go to a recovery room, where nurses will monitor your vital signs and overall health as you “wake up” from anesthesia. Afterward, you may move to a regular hospital room for additional monitoring.
Most women go home within about 24 hours of minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. The length of your hospital stay will depend upon the specific procedure, your overall health, and whether or not you experienced any complications.
You may have pain and discomfort after your surgery. Ask your doctor what medications you can take to ease pain. Most women are back to their usual activities within about two weeks.
Dignity Health provides comprehensive women’s health services, including minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, in Arizona.