Laparoscopic surgeries are used on medical conditions within the abdomen and pelvic cavity. The physician views the inside of the abdomen or pelvic cavity using a camera and television monitor, the surgery is performed with a telescopic rod lens. There are several benefits to minimally invasive surgeries including smaller cuts, which lead to less recovery time. There is less blood loss and less risk of exposing internal organs to external contaminants.
Common conditions that can be addressed using minimally invasive procedures include:
- Endometriosis: Endometriosis is a condition in which uterine-lining tissues develop on the outside of the uterus. It can cause heavy periods, severe pain, and can lead to infertility. Physicians will begin treatment with pain relievers and hormones. However, if that doesn’t resolve the pain, surgery may be recommended. Using a laparoscope, the physician will find and remove or break up the scar tissue.
- Removal of Ovarian Cysts: Ovarian cysts are often problem and pain-free. However, in some cases, they don’t resolve on their own, cause the patient a great deal of pain, or are in danger of rupturing. In these cases, the gynecologist will remove the cysts using laparoscopic surgical procedure.
- Location of an IUD: While an IUD is often a completely safe approach to birth control, there are risks, including the chance that the IUD detaches from the lining of the uterus and becomes lost. Using a hysteroscope, which is a very thin instrument that moves through the vagina into the uterus, giving the physician a good view of the inside of the uterus so that he can locate the IUD and safely remove it.
- Hysterectomy: A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure in which the uterus is removed. Traditionally, a hysterectomy has involved a large incision across the lower abdomen. However, now physicians can use a laparoscopic approach, which significantly reduces the recovery time both in the hospital and at home.
Dr. Taryll Jenkins of Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Medicine helps his Houston-area patients find relief from pain and discomfort. For more information about minimally invasive surgical procedures, call his office today.