Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure involving small abdomen incisions. A thin tool called the laparoscope contains a camera that sends video to a nearby monitor. The laparoscope goes into one of the incisions so your surgeon can view inside your body.
A gas inflates your abdomen, which enhances visualization during the procedure. Your surgeon uses the other small incisions to place specialized surgical tools into your abdomen. They use these surgical tools to perform any necessary repairs. If you need tissue removal, your surgeon does so through either the abdominal incisions or your vagina.
Sometimes, Valley Urogynecology Associates combines robotics with laparoscopic surgery in robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery. With this approach, surgeons use a high-tech control panel to manipulate robotic arms to perform the procedure.
There are many reasons for laparoscopic surgery today. The most common urogynecology applications include hysterectomy, pelvic organ prolapse repairs, uterine fibroid removal, and ovarian cyst removal.
Often, women who need a hysterectomy also have other surgical needs, such as ovary removal or a procedure to secure the vagina using mesh. The Valley Urogynecology Associates surgeons can typically perform all of these procedures with laparoscopic surgery.
Laparoscopic surgery offers many advantages over open surgery, including:
The minimally invasive laparoscopic approach is generally the first choice for most types of urogynecology surgery. However, some procedures may still require traditional open surgery.
Valley Urogynecology Associates explains your surgical options so you can choose the one that’s ideal for your situation and personal needs.
Although laparoscopic surgery is minimally invasive, it’s still a surgical procedure that requires anesthesia and sedation. Therefore, you’ll need to fast before the surgery. You may also need to make some temporary changes in your medications.
Valley Urogynecology Associates provides complete instructions so you can get ready for your laparoscopic surgery.
If you’d like to learn more about laparoscopic surgery, call Valley Urogynecology Associates or use the online appointment maker to arrange your consultation with the urogynecology experts now.