When medication and non-invasive procedures fail to relieve symptoms, surgery remains the most effective treatment for a range of gynecologic conditions. Minimally invasive gynecologic surgery enables most women to return to daily activities sooner and with less discomfort than traditional surgery.
Minimally invasive gynecologic surgery can treat a variety of female health concerns including:
- Abnormal uterine bleeding
- Family planning/permanent birth control
- Gynecologic cancer
- Menstrual disorders
- Ovarian cysts
- Pelvic prolapse
Minimally invasive gynecology techniques used in surgery include:
Laparoscopic surgery utilizes a very small abdominal incision through which a thin video camera and surgical instruments are inserted. The video camera allows the surgeon to view the surgical site and work through a minimal incision.
Robot-assisted surgery combines the laparoscopic techniques with the extraordinary dexterity and precision of robotic arms. Operating through the small incisions, the surgeon's hands are translated into smaller movements, allowing for delicate work in small spaces. Complex hysterectomies and other gynecologic procedures may be most effective using with the da Vinci® Surgical System. Through tiny, 1-2 cm incisions, surgeons using the da Vinci® System can operate with greater precision and control, minimizing the pain and risk associated with large incisions while increasing the likelihood of a fast recovery and excellent clinical outcomes.
Some gynecologic procedures enable surgeons to use a vaginal approach, using a small incision in the vagina which may not require an external incision.