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Minimally invasive surgery


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We have doctors who specialize in minimally invasive surgery in the reproductive area of a woman's body. This kind of minimally invasive surgery can be done in several ways:

  • With incisions (a small cut or a series of small cuts)
  • Without incisions, through the vagina

The doctor will use tools designed to operate through the cuts. The doctor may also rely on cameras to help provide a better image of what's happening inside of the body. 



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  • With minimally invasive surgery, the cuts are smaller. Thus, you can generally expect shorter hospital stays, a quicker recovery process, and less pain. The smaller cuts can help with faster healing and smaller scars while also lowering the chances of infection. 

  • There are a number of procedures your doctor can perform using minimally invasive techniques. 

    Examples include: 

    • Cancer
    • Ovarian cysts 
    • Fibroid removal 
    • Ectopic pregnancy
    • Infertility treatments
    • Endometriosis treatment
    • Hysterectomy (removal of uterus)
    • Oophorectomy (removal of ovaries)
    • Pelvic floor disorders, such as urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse

    Talk with your doctor about your care choices. In some cases, a minimally invasive procedure may not be right for you. 

  • Robotic surgery is a minimally invasive surgery done with a robot controlled by a surgeon. A number of our surgeons at USMD have extensive training on how to use innovative robotic surgery techniques. 

    If you have an upcoming procedure, talk with your doctor about what technique is right for you.