Gynecological procedures that once required open surgery, long incisions, and an extended hospital stay are now performed as outpatient procedures using minimally invasive surgery.
When you undergo minimally invasive surgery, your procedure is performed using a few small incisions that are less than one-half inch long. The key instruments used in minimally invasive surgery are different types of endoscopes. All endoscopes are long, narrow tubes that contain lighting and a high-definition camera. Each type of endoscope varies in size, and some are flexible whiles others are rigid.
As the laparoscope or hysteroscope send magnified images to a viewing screen, your doctor at Garden OB/GYN can examine tissues inside your body, diagnose the cause of symptoms like pelvic pain, and perform surgery.
Young women don’t need to schedule their first pelvic exam or Pap smear until they reach the age of 21 or they become sexually active. However, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that young teens schedule their first gynecologic visit between the ages of 13-15 years. Making gynecologic care a regular part of a young woman’s preventive health routine empowers them to take control of their health. It also gives teens access to information about health issues, which may help them avoid common problems like STDs and unplanned pregnancy.
The team at Garden OB/GYN performs many minimally invasive surgeries in the office, so you can go home the same day. The smaller incisions cause minimal trauma to your body compared to the long incisions used for open surgery.
If your surgery requires a hospital stay, you’ll spend less time as an inpatient compared to the hospital time required for open surgery.
The experienced doctors at Garden OB/GYN use minimally invasive surgery to treat many gynecologic problems.
If you have symptoms such as pelvic pain or heavy bleeding, or you’ve been told you need surgery and you’d like to explore your minimally invasive options, call Garden OB/GYN or schedule an appointment online.