Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

When it comes to women’s health, there are a lot of innovations being utilized today. One area of medicine that has received some of the latest technology is that of gynecological surgeries. In the past, in order for a surgeon to help patients that have advanced stages of gynecologic pathology, or many other diseases, larger incisions would need to be made in order to provide relief. Different procedures would require different surgical options, most of which would take a toll on the patient. Today, less invasive solutions are utilized in order to help women deal with a number of issues, and get back to living a normal, healthy life. These less invasive options are often times referred to as minimally invasive gynecologic surgery (MIGS). This can also be used for diagnostics, allowing doctors to get to the root of many issues faster, and provide a helping hand. Both surgical procedures and endoscopy are attributed to the use of MIGS. Women that require surgical procedures, will find that there are several benefits to explore in regards to Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery.

The following are the most significant benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery

Traditional gynecologic surgery could cause significant pain, discomfort, and blood loss. To alleviate this, modern technologies such as the da Vinci Robotic Surgery can assist with procedures of varying types. In the past, a surgeon would need to perform larger incisions to accommodate their instruments and hands, but with this latest innovation, small incisions can suffice in many surgical solutions. In addition to above benefits, there is an enormous precision associated with the use of the da Vinci technology as there is a 10x magnification of the surgical field combined with a 3- dimensional view.  

Shorter Stays In The Hospital

Hospitalization after surgery is much shorter with MIGS as opposed to standard gynecological procedures ( open laparotomy). Usually, patients spent much shorter time in recovery given small incisions and less impact of the instruments on the human body. The expedited recovery time allows for a quick return to everyday life, work, and healing. Overall, women return to normal daily activity much faster, ranging from 1-2 weeks.

Heightened Accuracy

Perhaps one of the best benefits is that of a higher accuracy during surgery. MIS utilizes state of the art video technology to allow surgeons to see tissue and problem areas close up, which gives them far better results, with accuracy that previously couldn’t be done.

Fewer Scars

Scar tissue is maintained to a minimal since the incisions are much smaller (8-12 mm). With smaller cuts, the results are cosmetically better. The incision areas are also less stretched out and irritated given controlled and smooth movements of the da Vinci instruments. Overall, the appearance of the scars is minimal depending on the inherent quality of the tissue of an individual patient.

Heightened Surgical Precision

One of the most prominent benefits of MIGS is the exceptional accuracy during surgery. The da Vinci technology utilizes state of the art video technology to allow surgeons to see tissue and problem areas close up, which gives them far better results, with accuracy that previously couldn’t be done. It is achieved by the combination of 10x magnification and # dimensional visualization of the operative field. It allows an access of small robotic instruments to the most intricate areas of the pelvic and abdominal areas. 

Better Pain Management

After an operation, pain levels can be quite debilitating following standard gynecological incisions due to enhanced tissue impact but with the use of the da Vinci surgery robot, pain is usually minimal after surgeries. That means smaller amounts of mediation and faster recoveries overall.

Whether you are a candidate for a surgical procedure, it can be determined during in-office discussion and exam. Speak with your doctor about this solution and how it can help with abnormal uterine bleeding, pelvic surgery, pelvic pain, and uterine fibroids. 

If you would like more information about minimally invasive gynecologic surgical options, we are here to help.

Author
Yvonne Wolny, MD, FACOG Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgeon