Minimally invasive gynecologic Office Based Procedures are a surgical procedure that is performed with a laparoscope, a very slim lighted tube that is attached to a tiny camera. The doctor creates very small incisions in the abdomen to make an entry point for the laparoscope. Specialized surgical tools also fit through this tube. This type of office based procedure can be used as a diagnostic tool, for example, endometriosis is diagnosed through a laparoscopic procedure. The procedure is also used for removal of cysts, adhesions, and fibroids. Even surgeries that were previously much more invasive, for example, hysterectomy, can now be done very successfully via laparoscopy.
There are a number of benefits associated with laparoscopic procedures. The size of the incisions is far smaller than with a traditional open surgery. The average hysterectomy scar can be from 3 to 6 inches in an open surgery, but in a laparoscopic surgery, the incisions are usually closer to 0.5 to 1.5 cm. The smaller incisions mean that there is reduced scarring, less blood, and less pain overall. While an open gynecologic surgery like hysterectomy requires a hospital stay, a laparoscopic hysterectomy can be performed as an outpatient procedure in many cases. Recovery is overall much faster with minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. Recovery for a procedure like a hysterectomy is only a week or two, compared to 4 to 6 weeks recovery for the same procedure as an open surgery.
Most women who are in good overall health are good candidates for laparoscopic surgery. In rare cases like an enlarged uterus, the patient may not be able to have this type of surgery. The doctor will evaluate each patient on an individual basis to determine which type of procedure is ideal for their particular situation.
Salem Women’s Clinic is a level 1 office based procedure performing office based including:
Surgeries that require general anesthesia are performed at Salem Hospital or Northbank Surgical Center.
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