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:
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.
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.
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.