In traditional gynecological surgeries, a large incision is made across the abdomen, though which the surgeon accesses the inside of the abdomen or pelvic cavities. With minimally invasive surgery, also known as laparoscopic surgery, the physician uses several very small incisions and a hand held tool to enter the surgical area. The uterus or pelvic area is viewed using a camera that transmits images to a nearby television screen.
There are several benefits to minimally invasive surgery, including:
- Faster recovery time: Because of the smaller incisions, recovery time is significantly lessened. With abdomen incisions, recovery can require several days in the hospital and eight weeks before returning to work or daily activities. With laparoscopic surgery patients often go home the same day as the surgery and can return to their pre-surgery activities within one to two weeks
- Less risk of infection: Because other internal organs are not exposed to potential contaminants, there is less risk of infection.
- Less cost: Overall, the laparoscopic surgery is simpler and faster, leading to less costs for the patient.
- Less scarring: The traditional abdominal surgery requires a large incision across the lower stomach. Even when the incision is made by the bikini area, it typically remains visible. Furthermore, in some cases, the incision is made across the stomach, which can make a woman feel self-conscious when her stomach is exposed. Laparoscopic surgery uses much smaller incisions, which lead to smaller scars.
For more information about the benefits of minimally invasive surgeries, call Dr. Taryll Jenkins today. Dr. Jenkins and his entire team are committed to making sure that each patient is comfortable with and confident in her treatment plan.