Minimally Invasive Surgery Q & A
What is Minimally Invasive Surgery?
Minimally invasive surgery is an approach to surgery that seeks to minimize risks to the patient by significantly reducing the size of the incisions. In some cases, minimally invasive surgery is performed with the help of robotics to make the surgeon’s movements even more precise and accurate.
What are the Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery?
Minimally invasive surgery offers several benefits for patients, including:
- Smaller incisions: Use of tiny incisions, instead of one large incision.
- Less scarring: Because the incisions are smaller, you’ll have less scarring.
- Lower risk of surgical complications: Such as bleeding and infection.
- Shorter recovery time: The smaller incisions reduce recovery time significantly.
- Lower costs: You’ll spend less time in the hospital and the procedure won’t be as intensive, lowering costs.
When Can Minimally Invasive Surgery Be Used?
In obstetrics and gynecology, minimally invasive surgery can be used to perform a wide variety of procedures. For example, your doctor may recommend a minimally invasive approach to hysterectomy if you need to have your uterus removed because of excessive bleeding or fibroids tumors. OB/GYNs may also use minimally invasive surgery to:
- Remove ovarian masses
- Remove patches of endometriosis
- Remove fibroids in the uterus
- Look for structural abnormalities, masses, or other conditions in the pelvis
- Perform endometrial ablation
However, not every patient is a good candidate for minimally invasive surgery. In some cases, a traditional open procedure may be necessary instead. If you’re interested in minimally invasive surgery, your doctor can review your case and explain whether this option is appropriate for you.
What are the Risks of Minimally Invasive Surgery?
Like all surgical procedures, minimally invasive surgery carries some risks. You may have a bad reaction to the anesthesia, or you may experience excessive bleeding. You may also develop an infection after a minimally invasive procedure.
However, even though minimally invasive surgery carries risks, it’s usually safer than an open surgery.