Is Minimally Invasive Surgery the Right Choice for You?
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Women have a lot of choices when it comes to their reproductive health. However, when faced with a condition that affects their reproductive system, it can sometimes be difficult to know the right choice to make.
As a specialist in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, I frequently find myself counseling patients about the technical advancements that are available to treat their conditions. For many patients, these options, which include minimally invasive surgery, can provide better treatment experiences with better outcomes.
Robotic surgery is the most advanced type of minimally invasive surgery available today, and can be extremely effective in treating a variety of women’s health conditions.
Here are some of the benefits:
Just as the name implies, it’s less invasive.
Minimally invasive surgical procedures require smaller incisions, which mean faster recovery, less pain and a quicker return to normal activities.
Its outcomes are better.
Minimally invasive surgery offers great benefits. Robotic surgery is currently in its third generation and continues to achieve greater outcomes for patients. Additionally, it is a safe, technically advanced surgical option that has a small chance of complications.
It can be the best option to treat a variety of gynecologic conditions.
Conditions such as uterine fibroids, endometriosis and a variety of other ailments may require surgical intervention. In the case of treating uterine fibroids, hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) or myomectomy (surgical removal of fibroids from the uterus) may be the best option. When performed using robotic surgery, these procedures are less invasive and have excellent outcomes.
It’s one of the best ways to diagnose endometriosis.
Nearly 1 in 10 women of childbearing age have endometriosis, however, according to the Endometriosis Foundation of America, it can take an average of 10 years for women to be diagnosed with this condition. Because of this, underdiagnosis is extremely common. One of the best ways to definitively diagnose endometriosis is via robotic laparoscopic surgery; this procedure uses a camera to detect signs of endometriosis and enables quicker removal of endometriosis implants and scar tissue.
Medical advances have allowed OB/GYN providers to offer safer, more effective alternatives to major surgery. As with any medical procedure, minimally invasive or major, it is always best to consult with a physician who has expertise in the care of a specific condition before seeking treatment. If you have any questions or concerns regarding minimally invasive robotic surgery as it relates to you or a loved one’s gynecologic care, your OB/GYN physician or specialist can provide further advice and guidance.
Victor Dabelea, MD, is a gynecologic surgeon at Consultants in Obstetrics and Gynecology, which has offices across the Denver metro area. He has been designated by the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL) as a Center of Excellence in minimally invasive gynecology. Dr. Dabelea attended medical school and completed his residency in general surgery at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Timisoara, Romania. He completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver. In partnership with Mile High Mamas.