Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery at Drexel Medicine
Drexel Medicine offers several minimally invasive options for women with gynecological conditions that require surgery. When surgery is determined to be the best option, our minimally invasive approach allows our surgeons to treat the condition with little disruption to the patient's life.
Dr. Minda Green, gynecologic surgeon, discusses the benefits of minimally invasive surgery in our video. These can include:
- Less pain
- Less risk of infection
- Less blood loss and blood transfusion
- Less scarring
- Shorter hospital stay
- Faster recovery
- Quicker return to normal activity
Our gynecologic surgeons are experts in various minimally invasive surgery techniques. They use these techniques to perform several types of procedures including:
During hysteroscopic surgery, the surgeon places a small camera through the cervix to look at the inside of the uterus. Specialized instruments can be passed through the camera, allowing the surgeon to operate inside the uterus without an incision.
During laparoscopic surgery, the surgeon will make a small incision inside or near the belly button. The surgeon may also make other small (less than 1cm) incisions on the abdomen. These small incisions allow the passage of a camera and special instruments into the abdomen, allowing the surgeon to carry out the procedure.
Robotic surgery is an extension of laparoscopic surgery. The surgeon will make a series of quarter-inch incisions, similar to those made during laparoscopic surgery, and then will use a robotically assisted surgical system (da Vinci ®) which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body. A high-definition 3D camera provides the surgeon with excellent visualization during the procedure, providing them with unparalleled precision, dexterity, and control.
Several minor procedures can be performed in the office, avoiding the need to go to the operating room. The surgeon performs these using a local anesthetic. These procedures include:
- Dilation & curettage with/without hysteroscopy
- Removal of polyps/retrieval of misplaced IUD
- Endometrial ablation
- Essure® hysteroscopic sterilization
- Loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP)
While many gynecological conditions can be treated without surgery, there are some that may require a surgical procedure. These can include, but are not limited to:
- Uterine fibroids
- Abnormal bleeding
- Ovarian cysts
- Cancer (cervical, ovarian, uterine, endometrial)
- Pelvic prolapsed
Types of Procedures
In order to treat the gynecological conditions listed above our surgeons perform the following minimally invasive procedures:
Meet our Gynecologic Surgeon
Minda A. Green, MD
To learn more about gynecological care and minimally invasive surgery, please contact Drexel Obstetrics and Gynecology today.
The information on these pages is provided for general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment, or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or health care professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your health care professional.