The benefits of minimally invasive gynecologic surgery (MIGS) over open surgery are numerous, perhaps the largest of which is that robotic surgery allow surgeons to successfully perform even the most difficult cases laparoscopically without needing to “convert” from laparoscopic to open surgery. Robotic surgery, along with traditional laparoscopy, offers the following benefits over open gynecologic surgery:
- Less intraoperative blood loss
- Fewer surgical complications
- Shorter hospital stay including the option for same-day surgery
- Quicker recovery and return to normal activities
- Small incisions for minimal scarring and quick recovery
- Better outcomes and patient satisfaction
Because the navel is the thinnest part of the abdominal wall, with fewer nerves, blood vessels and little muscle, patients also avoid the pain associated with incisions through their abdominal muscles.
Conditions Treated by MIGS
Conditions treated by MIGS include:
- Abnormal Bleeding
- Removal of individual large uterine fibroids (a procedure called "myomectomy") responsible for heavy bleeding, allowing us to save the rest of the uterus.
- Total hysterectomy (removing the uterus and cervix, but often leaving ovaries) or supracervical hysterectomy, where the uterus is removed, but the cervix and the top of the vagina are undisturbed.
- Ovarian Issues
- Treatment/removal of ovarian cysts.
- Removing one or both ovaries due to recurrent cysts or chronic pain.
- Removing tubes and ovaries to reduce ovarian cancer risk in patients with and without the familiar breast and ovarian cancer syndrome mutation.
- Pelvic Pain
- Diagnostic surgery to determine the cause of long-standing pain.
- Diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis - a common cause for significant chronic pelvic pain and painful periods.
- Evaluation and removal of scar tissue from prior surgeries causing pain and/or bowel/bladder dysfunction.
- Pelvic Floor Dysfunction & Uterine Prolapse
- Hysterectomies for prolapse can be performed with robotic-assistance.
- Robotic sacrocolpopexy is one of the most effect/long-lasting procedures to correct uterine prolapse.