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Is minimally invasive surgery (MIS) the right option for you? The surgery, offered by your San Dimas, CA, OB/GYN, Dr. Richard Williams of Williams OB/GYN & Associates, provides several important benefits.
What is MIS?
Unlike traditional surgery, MIS doesn't require large incisions. For example, during laparoscopic surgery, your San Dimas doctor makes a half-inch-long incision in your belly button in order to insert a tiny device called a laparoscope. This laparoscope contains a tiny camera that transmits images to a digital monitor. Your OB/GYN passes small instruments through several additional small incisions made in your abdomen to perform the surgery.
Hysteroscopy, another minimally invasive option, involves inserting a thin tube that contains a fiber optic camera into your vagina. The scope is passed through your cervix and into your uterus. After diagnosing abnormal bleeding, fibroids, or other issues, your OB/GYN inserts tiny instruments to treat the problem.
When is MIS recommended?
MIS can be used to:
- Diagnose and/or treat adhesions, scar tissue, fibroids, polyps, and certain uterine and vaginal malformations or structural issues
- Perform hysterectomies
- Treat endometriosis
- Perform surgery to treat uterine, ovarian, and cervical cancer
- Remove ovarian cysts
- Improve the position of a tipped uterus
- Support the bladder to relieve stress incontinence
- Treat heavy bleeding and ectopic pregnancy
What are the benefits of MIS?
Smaller incisions mean less pain after surgery and reduced reliance on pain medications. Furthermore, while scars are unavoidable after any surgery, they will be much smaller and less noticeable if you have MIS.
Downtime is also greatly reduced with MIS. Depending on the type of surgery you have, you may be able to return to work just a few days after your procedure.
MIS may also improve surgical accuracy. The miniaturized camera provides your doctor with an up-close, real-time view of organs and structures, which can make it easier to spot and treat problems.
MIS offers an excellent surgical option for many women. If you're interested in learning if MIS would be an appropriate treatment for you, call your San Dimas, CA, OB/GYN, Dr. Richard Williams of Williams OB/GYN & Associates, at (909) 599-8677 to schedule an appointment.
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.