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Minimally Invasive Surgery

What is Minimally Invasive Surgery?

Surgery is often a necessary treatment for certain conditions. Our doctor offers minimally invasive surgery, which means that most surgeries can be done via a laparoscope on an outpatient basis. Surgeries that can be done using minimally invasive techniques include:

Endometriosis—If you have endometriosis, laparoscopic surgery may be done to treat it. During this procedure, the endometriosis tissue is removed with a laser, heat, or other methods.

Fibroids—Fibroids are growths that form inside the wall of the uterus or outside the uterus. When fibroids cause pain and heavy bleeding, laparoscopy sometimes can be used to remove them, depending on how many fibroids there are, how big they are, and where they are located.

Ovarian cysts—Some women have cysts (fluid-filled sacs) that develop on the ovaries. These cysts may cause only mild discomfort. Over time, ovarian cysts often go away on their own. But if they do not, our doctor may suggest that they be removed with laparoscopy.

Ectopic pregnancy—Laparoscopy may be done to remove an ectopic pregnancy in the fallopian tube.

Laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy (LAVH)—LAVH is a type of hysterectomy in which the uterus is removed through the vagina. The laparoscope is used to guide the procedure.

Laparoscopic hysterectomy—During this procedure, the uterus is detached from inside the body. Several small incisions are made in the abdomen for the laparoscope and the instruments that are used to remove the uterus. The uterus is removed through these incisions in small pieces.

What is Laparoscopy?

Laparoscopy is a way of doing surgery without making a large incision (cut). A thin, lighted tube—known as the laparoscope, which is attached to a small camera, usually between 5 and 10 mm (less than ½ inch)—is inserted into the abdomen through a small incision. This device allows your doctor to see the pelvic organs. If a problem needs to be fixed, other instruments are used. These instruments are inserted either through the laparoscope or through other small cuts in your abdomen. Laparoscopy often is done as outpatient surgery. You usually can go home the same day, after you recover from the procedure. You may feel sleepy for a few hours depending on the anesthesia used. You will need someone to drive you home.

(ACOG pamphlet, copyright May 2009)



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