What is minimally invasive surgery?
Minimally invasive surgery in gynecology is typically done using hysteroscopy or laparoscopy, making large incisions on the body unnecessary.
During laparoscopy, your doctor makes a small incision to insert a thin instrument with a camera into the pelvic area. Hysteroscopy is performed in a similar fashion, but by way of the vagina, not through an incision.
Because incisions are small or nonexistent in minimally invasive surgeries, your procedure is safe, recovery time is quick, and you have less pain.
What conditions are treated with minimally invasive surgery?
Gynecological conditions that often respond well to minimally invasive treatments include:
- Uterine fibroids
- Ovarian cysts
- Abnormal uterine bleeding
- Cervical incompetence
- Pelvic organ prolapse
What are common types of minimally invasive surgeries?
Minimally invasive surgeries are an effective option for removing cysts or masses in the uterus. They can also be used for several other purposes:
Tubal ligation - This procedure blocks or severs the Fallopian tubes and is a permanent form of birth control.
Hysterectomy - During a hysterectomy, your uterus is removed. It can also include removal of the cervix, Fallopian tubes, and ovaries. Dr. Jones might recommend a hysterectomy for fibroids, endometriosis, pelvic floor issues, chronic pain or abnormal bleeding, or gynecologic cancer treatment.
Oophorectomy - This minimally invasive procedure involves removing one or both of your ovaries. Oophorectomies are usually done to treat endometriosis, ovarian cysts, ovarian torsion (twisting), or abscesses that don't respond to medical treatment.
Colposcopy - A colposcopy is an exam that enables Dr. Jones to evaluate your cervix under magnification for the prescence of abnormal cells or signs of disease. If she finds areas of concern, Dr. Jones will take and analyze a biopsy.
Loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) - A LEEP is a preventive treatment for cervical cancer. A small tool uses an electrical wire loop to remove all of the abnormal cells from your cervix at one time.
What can I expect during my appointment?
Dr. Jones is sympathetic to the concerns and fears that arise in the face of any gynecological treatment. To ease your worry, she provides a consultation before your procedure to fully explain your condition, why the minimally invasive surgical treatment is needed, and what you can expect during and after the appointment.
If your treatments require a hospital environment, Dr. Jones is affiliated with Memorial Hermann. Several minimally invasive procedures can also be done in the familiar environment of Total Women's Care to help keep you comfortable.
Call Total Women's Care, or schedule an appointment online to learn more.