Get Back on Your Feet with Minimally Invasive Surgery at Oakwood Women’s Centre
Complete care for women should always include ready access to highly skilled surgeons. Your OBGYN has specialized training and extensive experience in minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, the modern technique touted for a shorter hospital stay, less postoperative pain, reduced costs and a quicker recovery.
With this day surgery, women suffering from fibroids, endometriosis or urinary incontinence, for instance, have more options than ever to alleviate life-altering symptoms.
Because they chose to pursue advanced training, our OBGYN surgeons can offer two methods of minimally invasive surgery: laparoscopic and da Vinci robotic surgery. Both involve 2-3 small incisions in the abdomen and pelvic region, and are associated with a reduced recovery time. People also refer to these techniques as ‘keyhole’ or ‘endoscopic’ surgery.
With da Vinci robotic surgery, your OBGYN will control a robotic device, an extension of his or her own hands, to manipulate the surgical tools. A magnified 3D view of the surgical area enhances visualization.
Laparoscopic surgery takes place with a long, thin, lighted tube (an endoscope) that projects images onto a screen. The surgeon will use remaining incisions for long, thin surgical tools, specifically chosen for the task at hand.
Minimally Invasive Surgery Options at Oakwood Women’s Centre
The OBGYN that you partner with will discuss your treatment options, from non-invasive to minimally invasive surgery. We will offer the best approach to diagnosing and treating a variety of gynecologic conditions, including:
- Outpatient hysterectomy
- Cervical dysplasia, including LEEP and cryotherapy
- Laparoscopic surgery to diagnose and treat endometriosis
- Permanent sterilization, including Essure or Tubal Ligation and Adiana
- Novasure or Endometrial Ablations
- Myomectomy to treat fibroids
- Vaginal hysterectomy
- Vaginal reconstructive surgery involving prolapse
- Surgery for urinary incontinence
- Surgery for uterine prolapse
Alternatives to Hysterectomy at Oakwood Women’s Centre
Your mother or grandmother may have experienced abdominal hysterectomy to treat a disease of the uterus. This open method requires a large incision at the pubic line or abdomen, extended hospital stay and 6-weeks recovery. Abdominal hysterectomy becomes necessary after a cancer diagnosis or in other distinct situations.
We may decide that removing the uterus is not necessary, or that vaginal hysterectomy is the best option. With vaginal hysterectomy, the uterus is removed with no incisions.
Your OBGYN will discuss with you alternatives to hysterectomy:
- No-incision myomectomy
- Endometrial ablation
What to Expect with Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery
We offer some surgical procedures right here in our Round Rock obgyn office, and our physicians have surgical privileges at St David’s Round Rock Medical Center and Oakwood Surgery Center. Most minimally invasive procedures involve general anesthesia, a short recovery time after the procedure and return to normal activities within 3-4 weeks.
Minimally invasive surgery may require one night’s stay in the hospital, but most women are released after day surgery.
When medicine or non-invasive strategies fail to give us the answers or results you need, minimally invasive surgery can provide resolution. Contact us to learn more about your options, and the diagnostic and therapeutic benefits of minimally invasive surgery.