Minimally Invasive Surgery
When you have a gynecological condition, sometimes a surgical procedure is the best treatment to resolve it and heal your body. The physicians and nurse practitioners at Capital Women's Care Howard County provide minimally invasive surgeries whenever possible to help improve and protect your health.
Minimally Invasive Surgeries
The doctors at Capital Women’s Care offer a variety of minimally invasive surgeries.
The procedures include, but aren’t limited to, the following:
A hysterectomy is a procedure to remove your uterus and, if necessary, your ovaries and fallopian tubes. This procedure can be performed laparoscopically through very few small incisions in your abdomen or your doctor can access and remove your uterus through your vagina.
A myomectomy is a procedure to remove fibroids from your uterus. It’s often the preferred fibroid removal technique because it doesn’t interfere with future fertility.
Endometrial ablation is a treatment that destroys the lining of your uterus by applying heat or freezing it. It’s an effective treatment for heavy periods, uterine fibroids or polyps, and other abnormalities.
Hysteroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure where your doctor uses a tool called a hysteroscope to look inside your uterus. This procedure is often performed to diagnose conditions like fibroids or cancer.
Hysteroscopic sterilization is a minimally invasive alternative to tubal ligation. Your doctor uses a hysteroscope to reach your fallopian tubes and place Essure® coils in them. The coils cause the formation of scar tissue, which prevents your eggs from reaching your uterus and being fertilized.
What is minimally invasive surgery?
Minimally invasive surgery includes techniques that use specially designed instruments that are inserted through small incisions in the body, so there isn’t a need for a large incision.
In gynecology, laparoscopy is one of the most common minimally invasive surgical techniques. Your doctor uses a laparoscope, which is a thin flexible tube with a tiny camera mounted on its tip, to send videos back to a monitor in the treatment room so your doctor can closely examine your organs and perform surgical procedures.
What are the benefits of minimally invasive surgery?
Minimally invasive surgeries offer a variety of benefits, including:
Improved safety — smaller incisions mean less trauma and blood loss as well as a reduced risk of infection
Less scarring — the small incisions typically require only a stitch or two to close
Improved recovery times — you’ll be back to your normal activities more quickly
Less time in the hospital — these surgeries are often done on an outpatient basis or require fewer than 24 hours in the hospital