Minimally Invasive Gynecological Surgery
Advances in modern technology have led to the development of minimally invasive gynecological surgical procedures.Gynecologic surgery can often be major. Many conditions have been treated in the past by procedures that involved hospital stays, painful recovery periods and visible, prominent scarring. But with recent strides in modern medicine, it is now possible for many gynecological conditions to be treated using minimally invasive surgical procedures—which use fewer incisions to achieve the same goals.
Thanks to scientific advances, non-cancerous gynecological conditions that traditionally required complex surgeries like a radical hysterectomy can now be treated using minimally invasive techniques. These benign gynecological conditions include:
- Heavy bleeding
- Intrauterine scar tissue
- Ovarian cysts
- Ovarian remnant syndrome
- Painful periods
- Pelvic adhesions/pain
There are several types of minimally invasive gynecological procedures that a doctor may recommend for an individual’s treatment plan:
- Laparoscopic surgery, which surgeons can now use for hysterectomy and myomectomy, to treat endometriosis or to remove ovarian cysts
- Robotic surgery, which can also be used for hysterectomy and myomectomy, endometriosis and ovarian cysts with pinpoint accuracy and minimal damage to the surrounding area
- Hysteroscopic surgery, which can treat heavy bleeding, fibroids, polyps and more
What to Expect
Without any major incisions to be made, minimally invasive gynecological surgery often helps patients recover with less pain, bleeding and scarring. This usually means patients have shorter recovery periods with a faster return to their normal activities. There are risks involved with any surgical procedure, and your health care provider will inform you of the risks associated with any of these procedures if they are potential options for your treatment.
Tampa General Hospital’s team of obstetric and gynecologic specialists can help patients find the right treatment options that work for them, and our cutting-edge technology allows us to use minimally invasive surgical procedures to achieve world-class results.