Our surgeons are pioneers in the use of robotic and other minimally invasive techniques to treat an array of benign and malignant gynecologic conditions. Options include:
- Laparoscopy. Laparoscopy is used to diagnose and/or treat various gynecological conditions. This procedure is always performed while the patient is under general anesthesia. Your surgeon will insert a thin, lighted tube through a small incision in your abdomen. Images will be transmitted to a video screen to give your surgeon a clear picture of your organs. If treatment is necessary, your surgeon may make incisions on either side of your abdomen, insert tiny surgical instruments through the holes and then perform the procedure, using the video monitor as a guide. Some operations can be performed using only one incision. Following surgery, your incisions will be stitched and you will be sent to recovery. Depending on your recovery, you may go home the same day or stay one to two days in the hospital.
- Hysteroscopy. Hysteroscopy is used to diagnose and/or treat conditions of the uterus. You may have local or general anesthesia, depending on extent of the procedure. Using a tiny viewing tool called a hysteroscope, your surgeon will examine the inner lining of your uterus to determine the cause of various problems, including abnormal bleeding, bleeding that occurs after menopause and cramping. If you need treatment, your surgeon can use a hysteroscope to remove polyps, fibroids or adhesions in the uterus. In most, cases, you can return home the same day.
- Vaginal procedure. The least invasive surgery is performed through the vagina, which can allow procedures to be done without any abdominal scarring.
da Vinci® Robotic Surgery System
We use state-of-the-art da Vinci technology for many minimally invasive procedures. The da Vinci system offers several benefits for our surgeons, including the ability to see targeted anatomy in high magnification and with a natural depth of field. The instruments, which are mounted on four robotic arms and manipulated by controls at a console several feet away from the patient, provide a greater range of motion than the human hand along with improved dexterity and precision. The surgeon views the surgery through an endoscopic camera, allowing for visualization otherwise impossible for the human eye.