Minimally Invasive Surgery

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While no one wants to have gynecologic surgery, your procedure may be less invasive and easier to recover from if you qualify for minimally invasive surgery. 

What is minimally invasive gynecologic surgery?

Minimally invasive gynecologic surgery is surgery used to treat problems of the female reproductive system. Gynecologic surgeons go inside the body through tiny incisions to reach the reproductive organs. 

What kinds of minimally invasive surgeries do your physicians perform?

  • Laparoscopy: When a laparoscopic operation is performed, a tiny video camera is inserted into the abdomen giving your physician a clear view of your reproductive organs.  Instead of one large incision, your physician will make additional small incisions to insert tiny surgical instruments and perform the necessary procedure.
  • Robotic-assisted surgery: Robotic-assisted surgery is a valuable tool that allows your physician to perform complex procedures without the need to open the abdomen. Your physician connects a narrow, lighted scope and tiny instruments to a robotic arm. While seated at a console, the physician will control each movement made by the robot to complete the procedure. 

Types of robotic and laparoscopic procedures

The highly-skilled gynecological surgeons at Louisiana Women’s Healthcare routinely perform these minimally invasive procedures:

  • Hysterectomy to remove uterus
  • Endometriosis resection to remove abnormal growths (cysts/tumors) in the pelvic area
  • Myomectomy to remove uterine fibroids
  • Oophorectomy to remove one or both ovaries

Laparoscopic procedures are helpful when assessing reasons for infertility or when confirming endometriosis.

Why have minimally invasive gynecological surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery allows the doctors at Louisiana Women’s Healthcare to use surgical techniques considered safer than traditional open surgery. Minimally invasive surgery also allows for:

  • Less pain and more comfortable healing
  • Fewer complications and a shorter hospital stay
  • Smaller incisions and quicker recovery enable you to return to your normal daily activities faster

How long does it take to recover from minimally invasive surgery?

Women who have minimally invasive gynecologic surgery can usually return to their usual activities within a week or two after surgery. With traditional gynecologic surgery, full recovery often takes a month or more. 

Minimally invasive surgery at Louisiana Women’s Healthcare

The physicians of Louisiana Women’s Healthcare perform thousands of minimally invasive procedures each year, and provide the experience you can trust.  To find out if minimally invasive surgery is the best way to treat your gynecological problem, call or make an appointment with one of our physicians online, through MyOchsner, or by phone (225) 201-2010.