What is Minimally Invasive surgery?
When you have minimally invasive surgery done by one of the doctors at Louisiana Women’s Healthcare, several small incisions are made in your skin.
Then, an endoscope -- a long, thin tube with a miniature camera attached at the end -- gets inserted into one of the openings. Clear, magnified images from the endoscope get projected onto screens in the operating room, enabling your surgeon to view the surgical area.
The other incisions allow your doctor to insert special instruments, so he or she can explore, remove, or repair the problem inside your body.
Why Have Minimally Invasive Surgery?
Minimally invasive surgery allows the doctors at Louisiana Women’s Healthcare to use surgical techniques considered safer than traditional open surgery. Minimally invasive surgery also allows for:
- Less pain and more comfortable healing
- Fewer complications and a shorter hospital stay
- Smaller incisions and quicker recovery enable you to return to your normal daily activities faster
What are the Different Types of Minimally Invasive Surgery?
Minimally invasive surgery is available in many areas of medicine. The doctors at Louisiana Women’s Healthcare offer several gynecological options, including:
- Robotic Hysterectomy: The doctors at Louisiana Women’s Healthcare perform a robotic hysterectomy — whether for partial or complete removal of your uterus — when you have a problem with your uterus that doesn't respond to other treatments. During the procedure, your surgeon uses a computer in the operating room to steadily and precisely control surgical instruments.
- Laparoscopy: If your doctor can’t confirm the cause of your condition through other diagnostic tests, he or she will perform gynecological laparoscopy, a surgical procedure used to view your reproductive organs. Laparoscopy gets used most often to -
- Find the cause of pelvic and abdominal pain
- Examine a tissue mass
- Confirm a diagnosis of endometriosis or pelvic inflammatory disease
- Look for causes of infertility
- Sterilization/Essure: Sterilization permanently prevents pregnancy by blocking your fallopian tubes. One method of sterilization that doesn’t require an incision or general anesthesia is Essure, a medical device inserted into the fallopian tubes that prevent sperm from reaching an egg.
- Endometrial Ablation: If medications don't control your heavy menstrual bleeding, the doctors at Louisiana Women’s Healthcare use endometrial ablation to destroy a thin layer of your uterine lining. The procedure will significantly lower your chances of becoming pregnant. If you should become pregnant, you'll experience more complications.
To find out if minimally invasive surgery is the best way to treat your gynecological problem, call or make an appointment online today at Louisiana Women’s Healthcare in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.