Technological advances in the fields of science and medicine have meant that many gynecological surgeries are now minimally invasive. Through robotics and other innovative techniques, providers can use less invasive approaches to treat serious gynecological conditions like large fibroids and endometriosis. These procedures may or may not require incisions and, when they do, the incisions are small and few.
This lowers your risk of infection, reduces bleeding and scarring, and promotes faster recovery all while alleviating painful conditions. Below, we look at the most common minimally invasive surgery Las Vegas procedures and how they have revolutionized women’s health.
During a laparoscopy, your gynecologist makes three to four small incisions in your pelvic area through which they insert a laparoscope into your pelvic cavity. A laparoscope is a narrow tube consisting of small surgical tools and a lighted camera. It allows your provider to assess the condition of your pelvic anatomy by taking and transmitting live pictures of your organs. These pictures appear on a monitor that your doctor uses to perform intricate surgeries. In some situations, a laparoscopy involves the use of the da Vinci Robot to complete some surgeries.
A hysteroscopy also involves the use of a narrow lighted camera and surgical instruments to treat gynecologic conditions. However, it does not involve any incisions. During a hysteroscopy, your doctor inserts these tools into your uterus through the cervix. This procedure helps evaluate the condition of your uterine walls, including assessing the cause and nature of uterine bleeding, polyps, and fibroids. Hysteroscopies can also be done to remove intrauterine scarring, open the fallopian tubes, remove fibroids and cervical or endometrial polyps, or do an endometrial lining biopsy.
Like laparoscopic surgeries, robotic surgeries involve small incisions. They also involve the use of a camera and small surgical tools to view and operate on the pelvic region. However, this procedure is more advanced than the first two and allows for superior flexibility, control, and precision. Much of this is because the cameras used in robotic surgery produce 10x magnified, 3D color images. The surgical tools are also robot-assisted, allowing for smaller cuts and better movement within a small area. During robotic surgery, your doctor uses a control to move miniaturized surgical instruments within the surgical site. A common application of this is robot-assisted laparoscopies.
Of all the minimally invasive gynecological treatments, vaginal surgery is the least invasive. It combines all the benefits of robotic and laparoscopic surgery while completely eliminating the need for abdominal incisions. During vaginal minimally invasive surgery, VAMIS, your gynecologist will use your vaginal opening to gain access to your pelvic cavity and the organs within it. This procedure comes in handy during endometriosis treatment, pelvic mass removal, debulking of uterine fibroids, and hysterectomies.
Why Consider Gynecologic Minimally Invasive Surgery?
Minimally invasive gynecologic surgeries are performed by specially trained gynecologists. They allow these experts to evaluate and treat a wide range of benign gynecologic conditions, including heavy periods, fibroids, pelvic pain, endometriosis, PID, and more. Because of how they are done, minimally invasive gynecologic surgeries are safer than traditional open surgeries. They eliminate the need for the much dreaded large abdominal incision in favor of smaller incisions. Consequently, they cause less pain, less bleeding, faster recovery, less scarring, shorter hospital days, and a reduced risk of infection. To learn more about how these procedures can help restore your health, call a provider today.