Find out what gynecological procedures can now be performed without invasive surgery.
Has our San Dimas, CA, OBGYN Dr. Richard Williams been discussing surgical treatment options that could improve heavy or excessive menstrual bleeding, ovarian cysts or an infection? If so, you may be wondering what to expect from surgery. Fortunately, many of the procedures we perform can be done using minimally invasive surgical techniques.
What is minimally invasive surgery?
This type of surgery uses a laparoscope, which is a thin tube that can prevent the need for large intra-abdominal incisions. Laparoscopic surgery allows us to go through the belly making only a small incision large enough to insert the laparoscope. Then we will be able to use special instruments to treat everything from adhesions and infections to cysts and fibroids.
Another minimally invasive surgery technique is known as a hysteroscopy, in which a thin tube it placed into the vagina and guided into the cervix and uterus. This is used to both diagnose and treat abnormal vaginal bleeding.
What are the different kinds of minimally invasive gynecological surgeries?
Here are the most common procedures that our San Dimas, CA, gynecologist performs laparoscopically:
Hysteroscopic endometrial ablation: If you are dealing with abnormal bleeding, or excessive or prolonged menstrual bleeding that hasn’t responded to other treatment options then you may want to consider an endometrial ablation, which causes the uterine lining to scar to stop future periods.
Operative hysteroscopy: If benign polyps or growths are causing uterine bleeding then this simple procedure can be used to remove these growths and even perform biopsies to make sure that the growth is benign.
Laparoscopic hysterectomy: If you’ve decided to have your uterus removed, our OBGYN team can now perform this procedure laparoscopically, which means that you can return home the same day as your procedure and your recovery time will be much faster than with a traditional hysterectomy.
Operative laparoscopy: This surgical technique can also be used to remove ovarian cysts or to assist in a tubal ligation or hysterectomy. This procedure also allows us to diagnose certain conditions. Again, this outpatient minimally invasive surgery will ensure a faster recovery time and fewer post-surgical side effects.
Tubal ligation via laparoscopy: This permanent contraception involves removing or cauterizing the fallopian tubes to prevent an egg from fertilizing.
Do you have questions about getting minimally invasive surgery? Do you want to discuss treatment options with us? Then call Williams Ob/Gyn & Associates in San Dimas, CA, today.