Surgical Procedures

Gynecologic surgery has undergone a series of revolutions since I first began doing surgery more than 30 years ago. Almost none of the surgeries are done today the same way as was done even a decade ago.

Minimally invasive technoloy has replaced traditional techniques, these surgeries are performed through small incisions in the abdomen usually not larger than 3/4 to 1 1/2 inches and usually using not more than 2 or 3 incisions. This reduces the pain related to surgery and shortens the recovery time, usually allowing return to normal activities within a few days.

Most gynecologic surgeries can be accomplished using minimally invasive techniques and can safely be done as outpatient procedures using “Day Surgery” at the hospital. This includes treatment of ovarian cysts, endometriosis, and fibroids as well as abnormal bleeding. These minimally invasive surgical techniques can also be used to perform hysterectomy as an outpatient procedure.

Even patients who have large uterine fibroids or who have had problems with scar tissue from previous infection or surgery are often candidates for minimally invasive techniques and may have been told that they must have a large abdominal incision for hysterectomy with hospitalization, prolonged recovery and several weeks of restricted activity.

Surgical treatment for “dropped bladder” and urinary leakage has also changed dramatically in the last several years. These surgeries are also often performed at the hospital as outpatient procedures and have much better outcomes than the older operations.

Very minor surgical procedures can be performed in the office.

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