Minimally invasive surgery, also known as laparoscopy or laparoscopic surgery, is a great option for gynecologic procedures performed on the abdomen or the pelvis, because the smaller incisions heal more quickly.
Most commonly, minimally invasive surgery is used for gynecological conditions including:
- Ectopic pregnancies
- Fibroid removal
- Ovarian cysts
- Pelvic floor reconstruction
- Tubal sterilization
UK HealthCare is proud to feature the da Vinci® Surgical System for use in robotic minimally invasive gynecologic surgeries. The system’s 3D imaging and 360-degree instrumentation allow better visibility and improved outcomes over standard minimally invasive surgical techniques. Using this surgical system, UK HealthCare has reported incredibly low levels of complications.
While you’re under anesthesia and asleep, a physician will make a small abdominal incision to allow a laparoscope, a small tube with an attached camera, to be inserted in your pelvic region. By expanding your belly with gas, the surgeon gets a clear view of your reproductive organs. Other small incisions will be made to allow instruments to be inserted to perform the surgery. If the da Vinci Surgical System is being used, the robot’s surgical instruments will also be inserted into some of these other incisions.
Depending on why you had the surgery, you may be able to go home the same day or you may need to stay in the hospital for a longer period of time. Patients are typically prescribed pain medication, but the reduced pain from robotic surgery means you may be able to quickly switch to over-the-counter pain medications. It may take a few weeks before you can exercise or lift heavy items (including your children). Depending on the surgery, you may also have to refrain from intercourse.