Minimally Invasive Laparoscopy

Laparoscopy is a type of surgery where “ports” are placed trans-abdominally, instead of making one large skin incision.  Many surgeries are done in this fashion and the benefit to the patient is tremendous. The recovery time is often much less than with
conventional surgery.

An area where this is extremely beneficial to the patient is when one is being counseled for a hysterectomy.  In most cases, if a vaginal hysterectomy is not a viable option,  laparoscopic hysterectomy is possible.  This means less pain and a quicker recovery for you.

Removal of an ovary (oophorectomy) or ovarian cyst is also done laparoscopically.  This is done typically as an out-patient surgery.

New techniques using “robotics” is another way to perform a laparoscopic surgery. Studies show there is often no benefit to this approach versus a conventional minimally invasive laparoscopic approach. In fact, “robotic” cases can take 1-3 hours more! Similar ports are place, often more than with laparoscopy, and these ports are larger.

If you have been counseled to have surgery, discussion on a laparoscopic approach, most often is included.