Having surgery on your reproductive organs doesn’t have to be an invasive surgical process. Doctors no longer need to make large incisions for these surgeries. At Women’s and Maternity Care Specialists in Winter Park, Florida, the team specializes in minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery. He’ll make sure your procedure is as seamless as possible, so you can get back to enjoying your life in no time.
Almost any surgery that was previously conducted through a large incision, can now be done with laparoscopic surgery. This method of minimally invasive surgery can be used for:
During surgery, Dr. K will make small quarter-inch incisions in your lower abdomen. You’ll likely need at least 2-4 incisions, depending on the type of procedure. The laparoscope is a thin tube with a very small camera at the end. He’ll insert the laparoscope through an incision near your belly button. That camera helps guide him to where he needs to go with the use of very small instruments that go into the other incisions.
Probably not. Because each incision is so small, Dr. K can usually use surgical glue to seal them up. Once the incisions are healed — usually after 3-4 days — the glue falls off and you’re left with a scab.
While you may not have a big scar to prove it, remember that even a minimally invasive procedure is still surgery. Plan to give yourself adequate time to recover. Most patients are up doing light activities and going to the bathroom the same day as surgery.
Depending on your procedure, you’ll likely be out of work for at least 3-5 days, although it will depend on your line of work and the activities involved. After 2-3 weeks, you should be able to go back to your normal exercise regimen, as well as all daily activities. By this time, you shouldn’t have any weight lifting limitations to worry about either.
Virtually any type of procedure that can be done in the traditional way, can be done laparoscopically. So there really isn’t a difference from a medical standpoint. The biggest benefit to you is that the recovery time with a laparoscopic procedure is much quicker, since there is less injured tissue that needs to heal.
Laparoscopic surgery uses multiple small incisions instead of one large incision. Through these small incisions trocars are placed and instruments, including a camera, are passed through the trocars to operate. This is beneficial compared to open surgery because the smaller incisions heal faster, are less painful and have less blood loss than a large incision.
In traditional laparoscopic surgery, the instruments and camera are held directly the surgeon and assistant. Robotic surgery is a special type of laparoscopic surgery. It involves using a robot with 4 arms that is docked alongside the operating table. Three of these arms are used to hold instruments while the fourth arm holds a camera. All the arms are controlled by the surgeon from a console and the robot does not move unless the surgeon moves the controls.
Attaching the instruments to the robotic arms allows for smaller, more precise movements which can facilitate surgery complicated by scar tissue or small spaces. The instruments used on the robot also have an extra joint compared to the traditional laparoscopic instruments which allows for a wider range of motion.
The camera used in robotic surgery utilizes two high resolution cameras and can magnify up to 12x. This allows the surgeon to see three dimensionally and zoom in to better see details in the tissue.
Due to the time necessary to set up the robot and additional cost, it is not appropriate for all surgeries however can be beneficial in cases expected to be complicated by scar tissue, large uterine fibroids or large ovarian cysts.
*Individual results may vary