Minimally Invasive (Bloodless) Surgery
Procedures that historically required large abdominal incisions are now being performed using minimally invasive techniques with just as much success, if not more. Due to the reduced incision size or no incision at all, patients typically benefit from quicker recovery times and less pain. Other patients choose this approach for the cosmetic benefits of little to no scarring.
With innovative new instruments being introduced to the field and with advances in optics, minimally invasive surgeries are becoming much more common-place, and may soon be the industry standard for treating many more conditions.
Minimally invasive surgeries are also an excellent option for patients who have blood-loss related complications. Further, an often overlooked benefit of minimally invasive surgery is the need for less-potent post-operative narcotics.
The specific condition being addressed will dictate which minimally invasive method is utilized. Some conditions will require the use of a laparoscope, a thin fiber-optic tube inserted through a small naval incision, while other conditions might be treated with a hysteroscope, a thin telescopic tube inserted through the vagina.
Your Women’s Health Center physician will discuss in detail the methods to be utilized, provide guidance on the expected recovery time, and answer any questions you may have. Thankfully, recovery time from minimally-invasive surgery is typically significantly less than what may be experienced following a more invasive traditional surgery.