Innovation in healthcare has led to many new advances in diagnosing and treating medical conditions, especially in the realm of gynecology.
One of those treatment advances is minimally invasive surgery (MIS) for gynecologic issues. Compared to traditional open surgery, where surgeons must make an incision that can be several inches long, MIS is done through small incisions, usually one centimeter or less, which is about the width of a pencil eraser.
Minimally invasive surgery, also called laparoscopic surgery, uses specialized techniques, miniature cameras with microscopes, tiny fiber optic flashlights, and high definition monitors. The surgeon places the miniature camera through one of the small incisions to see a magnified view of the anatomy during the operation.
Less Pain, Quicker Recovery
There are many benefits of minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. They include:
- Smaller incisions
- Less pain and scarring
- Minimal blood loss
- Shorter hospital stay
- Faster recovery time
- Fewer complications including reduced risk of infection
Leading Experts in MIS Technique
We have one of the largest and most experienced minimally invasive surgery practices in the United States, performing thousands of procedures each year. Minimally invasive gynecologic surgical specialists include fellowship-trained gynecologists who specialize in minimally invasive approaches.
Additionally, the Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery at BIDMC brings the newest advanced laparoscopic techniques to Boston. The Center provides surgeons and physicians with innovative clinical expertise and training in New England's most comprehensive educational and research facility for advanced laparoscopic surgery. Patients benefit from a powerhouse of clinical expertise in advanced laparoscopic procedures with easy access to a growing number of minimally invasive surgical alternatives.
Not all Patients are Appropriate
It is important to note that while most gynecologic procedures can be performed using this advanced technique, it is not always the best choice for every patient. If you are severely overweight, or if you have had multiple prior abdominal surgeries that have created a build-up of scar tissue, then you may not be the best candidate for minimally invasive GYN surgery. Also, laparoscopic surgery for gynecologic cancer may not be the best option for patients with large tumors or cancer that has spread to several organs.
The experts at our program will work with you and your gynecologist to develop a health care plan that best meets your needs, and is the safest and most effective treatment option for you.