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Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

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Minimally Invasive Options for Women's Surgical Procedures

With advanced technology and surgery, our OB/GYNs can perform minimally invasive gynecological surgeries using only tiny incisions. The results include less pain and discomfort, reduced scarring, shorter hospital stays and faster recoveries. Other benefits include reduced risk of infection, less blood loss and a quicker return to normal activities.

Minimally invasive options include laparoscopic, hysteroscopic and robotic procedures which treat endometriosis, uterine prolapse, uterine fibroids, hysterectomies, uterine cancer, and more.

Gynecological Diagnostic & Surgical Treatments

Removal of Uterine Fibroids

A uterine fibroid is a common benign (non-cancerous) tumor that develops within the uterine wall and may grow as a single tumor or in clusters. They often increase in size and frequency with age but then become smaller in size after menopause. Symptoms may include excessive menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain and infertility.

  • Myomectomy – Surgical removal of uterine fibroids to preserve the uterus. It may be recommended as an alternative to a hysterectomy for women who wish to become pregnant.
  • Robotic Myomectomy – You may be a candidate for a less invasive surgical procedure known as the da Vinci® myomectomy, which uses robotic surgery to help preserve the uterus and remove fibroids.

Uterine or Vaginal Vault Prolapse

Prolapse, or falling of any pelvic floor organ (e.g. vagina, uterus, bladder or rectum), may occur with age, weight gain, strenuous physical activity or after child birth. Women experiencing pelvic organ prolapse may experience urinary incontinence, vaginal ulceration, sexual dysfunction and/or difficulty having a bowel movement.

Sacrocolpopexy surgically corrects vaginal vault prolapse by using mesh to hold the vagina in place. This procedure can also be performed following a hysterectomy to treat uterine prolapse and provide long-term support of the vagina. Open surgery was the traditional treatment but can now be performed through minimally invasive procedures, including robotic-enabled.

Robotic Hysterectomy

Many conditions affecting the uterus are treated with a hysterectomy—a surgical procedure to remove the uterus.

In most cases a hysterectomy is an elective procedure performed to relieve chronic pain, bleeding or other disabling conditions. Fibroids (non-cancerous tumors), endometriosis (non-cancerous growth of the uterine lining) or prolapse (falling or slipping of the uterus) may necessitate the surgery. Depending on the situation, a hysterectomy may be done vaginally or through surgical incision.

If your doctor recommends having a hysterectomy, you may be a candidate for a robotic hysterectomy. This requires only four or five small incisions in your abdomen, resulting in less tissue trauma and smaller scars than with a traditional abdominal hysterectomy.

Additional Treatments & Procedures

The following are some of the most common women's diagnostic and surgical treatments performed at Wheaton facilities:

  • Colpotomy (vaginotomy)
  • Cryoablation
  • Cystectomy (partial/full removal of the bladder)
  • Hysteroscopy with Dilation and Curettage
  • Magnetic resonance guided focused ultrasound for fibroid removal
  • Oophorectomy for ovary removal
  • Pelvic prolapse surgery
  • Thermal endometrial ablation
  • Uterine endometrial ablation
  • Uterine fibroid embolization
  • Plastic and cosmetic surgery

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