Minimally invasive women's surgery
The Christ Hospital is the area leader in minimally invasive women's surgery. Minimally invasive surgery is any technique involved in surgery that does not require a large incision. This approach allows the patient to recuperate faster with less pain. Gynecologic surgical techniques considered “minimally invasive” include:
The Christ Hospital
Women’s Surgery Center, 8 West
The Christ Hospital Women’s Surgery Center was two years, and more than $6 million in the making. Physicians, nurses, technicians, architects and administrators collaborated to design this state-of-the art center to accommodate the special needs of our female patients. The center specializes in minimally invasive women's surgery, including gynencologic, urologic, and urogynecologic (pelvic floor) surgery.
The Center features:
- Six spacious operating rooms
- State-of-the-art monitoring and imaging equipment
- Telemedicine technology for real-time, remote consultations with pathologists
- The da Vinci surgical system for robotic-assisted gynecologic surgery
- An experienced team, dedicated to the care of women
- A newly designed family waiting area
- Spectacular views of Cincinnati and its surrounding neighborhoods
Our physicians, nurses and technicians were instrumental in designing the new Women’s Surgery Center to not only deliver superior medicine, but also provide superior comfort for our patients. The surgery center is one of many ways The Christ Hospital is enhancing patient care services and providing the latest technological advancements for our physicians and community.
|Same-Day Surgery and Post- Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)
Upon arrival, patients are shown to one of 14 private rooms to prepare for surgery. Most rooms offer spectacular views of Downtown Cincinnati, and each is equipped with a television and lockers for storage. After surgery, patients recover in the post-anesthesia care unit, an 11-bed space with a nutrition area. The Center is designed with modern colors and the look of woodgrained floors for a pleasing, comforting appearance.
|The Center has six, spacious surgical suites and is the first in Greater Cincinnati to be equipped with Stryker 1288 Second Generation High Definition cameras, which have tremendous applications for surgery. The images, displayed on 23-inch, high definition monitors, give the surgeon an incredibly clear view when performing minimally-invasive laparoscopic procedures, such as hysterectomies, tubal ligations and endometriosis and infertility treatments. The camera system takes advantage of telemedicine technology and connects directly to the pathology department for remote, real-time consultations— bridging a distance of ten floors instantly and speeding the decision-making process. Surgical viewing is enhanced by specially designed lamps, each with 39 L.E.D. bulbs, which produce a clean, bright light for improved visualization.
- Laparoscopy: a modern surgical technique, used for diagnosis and treatment, in which operations in the abdomen are performed through small incisions (usually 0.5 – 1.5 cm) as compared to larger incisions needed in traditional surgical procedures. Physicians use a laparoscope—a tube with a light and a camera lens at the end—to examine organs, check for abnormalities and provide treatment.
- Hysteroscopy: a diagnostic and surgical procedure that makes examining the inside of the uterus possible without making an abdominal cut (incision). During hysteroscopy, a lighted viewing instrument called a hysteroscope is inserted through the vagina and cervix and into the uterus. Treatment can also be performed through the hysteroscope during the same procedure.
- Robotic-assisted surgery: a surgical “robot” called the da Vinci Surgical System allows the surgeon to perform complex surgical procedures using very small incisions. The surgeon maneuvers the robot at a separate console where he/she can view a highly magnified 3D image of the body’s interior.
Minimally invasive surgery can offer the benefits of:
- less pain
- less risk of infection
- less blood loss
- fewer blood transfusions
- less scarring
- shorter hospital stays
- faster return to normal activities
- potential for better clinical outcomes.
Our physicians see patients for treatment of many common conditions, including:
- uterine fibroids
- abnormal uterine bleeding
- chronic pelvic pain
- ovarian cysts
- pelvic floor disorders, such as urinary leakage
Learn more about these and other women's health issues by visiting our Women's Health Libary.
We offer a wide variety of minimally invasive surgical options tailored to meet each patient’s needs. Some of the more common procedures are:
- hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uturus)
- myomectomy (surgical removal of fibroids)
- oophorectomy (removal of ovaries)
- tubal sterilization
- infertility treatment
For more information
Although minimally invasive surgery is appropriate for the majority of patients, not everyone is a candidate. Talk to your doctor about the best treatment option for you.
For more information about minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, talk to your doctor, or find a physician by calling 513-585-4356.