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Minimally Invasive Surgery

Providence Women's Healthcare

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Roswell, Norcross, & Atlanta, GA

Minimally invasive surgery allows women to get the treatment they need with fewer complications, less pain, and a quicker recovery. The physicians at Providence Women's Healthcare in Roswell, Suwanee, and Atlanta, Georgia, stay up-to-date with the latest medical advances and technology. Their expertise in minimally invasive surgery allows them to have privileges at the top hospitals in the area. To learn if you’re a good candidate for minimally invasive surgery, call the nearest office or book an appointment online today.

Minimally Invasive Surgery Q & A

What is minimally invasive surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery uses long, narrow instruments a surgeon inserts through small incisions. You may need one or several incisions, depending on the type of surgery, but all incisions are less than an inch long.

This type of surgery causes minimal tissue damage, which means less bleeding, reduced post-op pain, a faster recovery, and small, barely noticeable scars.

When might I need minimally invasive surgery?

Providence Women’s Healthcare may recommend minimally invasive surgery to diagnose the cause of symptoms like pelvic pain and heavy bleeding. Then they use minimally invasive techniques to treat problems such as:

  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Uterine polyps
  • Pelvic adhesions
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Prolapsed uterus
  • Gynecological cancers

A few examples of the surgical procedures to treat these conditions include pelvic floor reconstruction, hysterectomy (to remove the uterus), and myomectomy (to remove fibroids).

What are the different types of minimally invasive surgery?

The skilled physicians at Providence Women’s Healthcare have extensive experience performing several types of minimally invasive surgery:

Laparoscopic surgery

This type of surgery uses an instrument called a laparoscope. The scope contains lighting and a camera that sends magnified images from inside your body to a monitor. Your provider makes one small incision and inserts the laparoscope.

After using the laparoscope to carefully examine the organs and tissues inside your body, they use other specialized instruments to surgically repair the problem. Your provider may guide an instrument along the scope or make a few additional small incisions.

da Vinci® robotic surgery

The da Vinci robotic system also performs laparoscopic surgery. However, the da Vinci’s robotic arms hold the instruments while your surgeon controls the robot using highly sensitive hand controls.

The da Vinci system uses advanced technology that allows fine, delicate movement and a range of motion that’s superior to human hands. The robotic arms are also smaller than human hands, causing less trauma in tight areas inside your body.

The combination of your surgeon’s skill and the robotic capabilities results in more precise surgery. Providence Women’s Healthcare specializes in using the da Vinci for women who need a hysterectomy, myomectomy, or endometriosis resection.

Hysteroscopic surgery

Hysteroscopy is surgery to examine and repair problems inside your uterus. Your surgeon guides a hysteroscope through your vagina and cervix and into your uterus. They use the camera in the scope to examine your uterus. Then they guide instruments along the scope to remove polyps or fibroids or treat problems like abnormal uterine bleeding.

To learn more about minimally invasive surgery, call Providence Women’s Healthcare or request an appointment online today.