Minimally Invasive Devices Mean Less Pain and Faster Recovery
In the past, gynecological surgery was a major ordeal requiring long hospital stays, long incisions and long recovery. Today, minimally invasive devices have made it possible for women to have surgical procedures – even full hysterectomies – done with less pain, less scarring and a much shorter recovery time. While not all women are candidates for minimally invasive procedures, in many cases these advanced techniques can be used for fast and easy relief from gynecological health issues.
What are the Advantages of Minimally Invasive Devices Over Traditional Surgery?
Surgical procedures using minimally invasive devices hold many advantages for patients, both during surgery and recovery.
- Significantly less pain
- A few small cuts versus a large incision
- Less trauma to organs, muscles, nerves and tissues
- Less bleeding during procedures
- Small incisions mean minimal scarring
- Fewer pain medications needed during recovery
- Less risk of infection
- Shorter hospital stay required
- Faster recovery and return to normal activities
- Better outcomes for patients’ long-term health
What is Minimally Invasive Surgery?
Minimally invasive surgery or laparoscopic surgery uses small scopes that transmit images to a screen and surgical instruments that are inserted through tiny incisions to perform surgical procedures, from routine operations to more complex cases. Often, the physician is assisted by a robotic minimally invasive device, such as the da Vinci® surgical system, which can perform surgical techniques more accurately than a human hand alone.
Laparoscopic surgery can easily reach areas of the female pelvic region that are not easily accessible to the human hand and eye without an open incision, thereby allowing the operating surgeon to perform various procedures more quickly and accurately.
When Would My Urogynecologist use Minimally Invasive Devices?
Minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery can be used for conditions such as fibroid uterus, endometriosis and pelvic organ prolapse. For example, a hysterectomy used to be a major surgery that required three days of hospital recovery. Today, your urogynecologist can perform a total laparoscopic hysterectomy through only a few tiny holes in the abdomen. The surgery then typically requires only one day of hospital recovery instead of three days with conventional surgery.
How Long Does it Take to Recover from Minimally Invasive Surgery?
Surgery performed with minimally invasive devices still requires post-op rest and recovery, but only a fraction of that needed after conventional surgery. The smaller incisions required by minimally invasive devices heal quickly and are less prone to infection. Minimally invasive techniques also mean less damage in the deeper tissue layers, so they recover much more rapidly and with less pain and scar tissue. Patients can return to their regular activities much faster and with fewer complications over time.
What Types of Minimally Invasive Devices are Used for Gynecological Surgeries?
The gold standard for robotic and minimally invasive surgery is da Vinci® surgery. As a form of laparoscopic surgery, da Vinci® surgery has become known for the ways that it benefits both patient and doctor, with effective results achieved with less recovery time as well as less time in the operating room.
At Coyle Institute, we have years of experience in treating women for a wide range of urogynecological issues using da Vinci® robot surgery. As the nation’s first board-certified Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgeon, Dr. Michael Coyle has brought innovative use of da Vinci® to the Gulf Coast, offering his patients a trusted alternative to traditional open surgery. The da Vinci® System enables surgeons to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through tiny incisions with unmatched precision.
Minimally invasive procedures and surgeries may not be the best option for every patient. Our expert team at Coyle Institute can help you determine if minimally invasive surgery is appropriate for your condition and your overall health. Schedule your consultation today and learn more about da Vinci® and whether minimally invasive surgery is right for you.