Minimally Invasive Surgery: Spotlight on Gynecology
What is minimally invasive surgery?
Minimally invasive surgery is a procedure that is performed through tiny navel or abdominal incisions instead of one large opening. Because the incisions are small, patients tend to have fewer complications, less pain and scarring, and a quicker recovery time compared to traditional surgery. Gynecologic surgeons were pioneers in developing laparoscopic surgery. Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive technique that utilizes an electronic device called a laparoscope. The laparoscope is a viewing tube (camera) through which structures within the abdomen and pelvis can be seen. It can be used for both diagnosis and treatment of gynecologic conditions. Your doctor may suggest laparoscopic surgery if you are experiencing unexplained pelvic pain, infertility or have a history of pelvic infections. Common conditions that laparoscopic surgery might diagnose are endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, reproductive cancers and more.
Laparoscopic procedures in Gynecology
Is a gynecologic condition affecting your health? Many conditions and symptoms can impact your day-to day life, normal activities and emotional well-being, such as:
- Pelvic Pain
- Abnormal or very heavy bleeding
- Uterine Fibroids
- Pelvic prolapse
Laparoscopic surgery can be performed for a wide range of gynecologic procedures including Laparoscopic Supracervical Hysterectomy, Laparoscopic Total Hysterectomy, and Robotic Myomectomy to name a few. Minimally invasive surgery is becoming more and more common in hospitals. A laparoscopic hysterectomy is the second most common procedure for women in the United States, and over 600,000 procedures are done each year. Laparoscopic hysterectomies are a minimally invasive procedure for the removal of the uterus or womb, which in some cases includes the ovaries and fallopian tubes, making it a total hysterectomy procedure. During the procedure, the doctor will make a tiny incision at the belly button to insert a camera. The camera or laparoscope will allow the doctor to see what they are doing during the procedure. The doctor will be able to complete the procedure through 2-3 very small incisions instead of the traditional 3-6 inch incision in open surgeries. The small incisions allow the doctor to have a better look at the anatomy and stay extremely precise. Conditions such as uterine fibroids, pelvic adhesions, persistent pain or bleeding, and cancer have all been effectively treated through laparoscopic hysterectomies.
Advancements in Minimally Invasive Surgery
Laparoscopy was originally just used for diagnoses and eventually evolved into less invasive surgery. However, laparoscopic surgery is not the only minimally invasive technique around that can be used for gynecological conditions. Minimally invasive surgery has now advanced to robotic-assisted surgery also known as the da Vinci Surgical System. Robotic-assisted surgery allows the surgeon to perform even the most complex procedures through small incisions with an enhanced 3D high definition-view of the inside of the patient’s body as well as enhanced precision and control. The surgeon’s hands control every movement of the robotic arms. The surgeon can make the arms rotate and move in any direction, extending the range of the surgeon’s touch while still using laparoscopic techniques.
Unlike standard laparoscopic surgery, robotic-assisted surgery allows an experienced surgeon to have more freedom of motion to perform precise operations. However, laparoscopic surgery and robotic-assisted surgery both have the same benefits of less scarring, shorter hospital stay, and fewer complications. If you are experiencing pelvic pain, abnormal bleeding, fibroids, pelvic prolapse, or have a type of gynecologic cancer, your doctor may suggest laparoscopic surgery or robotic-assisted surgery.
Dr. Quartell is a recognized leader in the field of laparoscopic and laparoscopic robtic gynecological surgery. Make an appointment with Dr. Quartell today by calling 973-716-9600 to further discuss if this procedure is right for you.