Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery
Minimally invasive gynecologic surgery can be used to diagnose and treat a number of conditions affecting Palm Harbor women. Minimally invasive techniques make the most of laparoscopic and robotic technologies to help patients get back normal activities faster with shorter recovery time, less pain and smaller scars.
Minimally invasive gynecologic surgeries can be conducted to remove a problematic portion of the reproductive system, to restore a prolapsed organ or to reverse a previous tubal litigation procedure. If you have questions about these procedures, or any other minimally invasive gynecologic surgery options available at our office, please contact our office at 727.935.6477 (Palm Harbor) or 727.789.9006 (Trinity).
A hysterectomy is the removal of some or the entire uterus and there are several ways a hysterectomy can be completed. Your doctor can best advise what technique and how much of the uterus may need to be removed depending on your condition. At North Pinellas Women’s Care we understand the gravity that a hysterectomy has for a woman, as this major procedure results in a permanent loss of fertility. When all other treatment options have failed, laparoscopic hysterectomy can be an effective means of treating serious gynecologic conditions. During a laparoscopic hysterectomy our physician removes the uterus through three or four small abdominal incisions. A small, lighted camera called a laparoscope is used to guide the surgical instruments while in the abdominal cavity.
Laparoscopic oophorectomy is the removal of the ovaries using minimally invasive techniques. An oophorectomy causes menopause immediately after the procedure is complete and results in a permanent loss of fertility. Despite the long-term effects of this procedure, it is necessary for women with serious pelvic diseases, like ovarian cancer, breast cancer or severe endometriosis.
A laparoscopic myomectomy is the removal of uterine fibroids through minimally invasive techniques. A laparoscopic myomectomy leaves the uterus in tact and can be a good option for the removal of problematic fibroids for women who still hope to become pregnant in the future. Not all uterine fibroids need to be removed, and not all uterine fibroids are best removed by laparoscopic myomectomy.
If a laparoscopic myomectomy is right for you, this procedure requires only two or three weeks of recovery time and can immediately provide relief for those suffering with excessive menstrual bleeding and pelvic pain. Many infertile women who undergo laparoscopic myomectomy are able to conceive during the year following the procedure. If you have uterine fibroids that are causing pain or infertility, our physicians can advise the best treatment options for you.
Laparoscopic Prolapse Surgery
When the supporting muscles of the pelvis fail, it can cause the pelvic organs to move from the places they should be, this common condition is diagnosed as pelvic organ prolapse. Any one or multiple organs can fall from their original location and surgery can help to relocate the organ. Depending on the organ(s) that have prolapsed, our physicians may recommend physical therapy or laparoscopic prolapse surgery. For women diagnosed with uterine prolapse who are postmenopausal or who do not want to have children, a hysterectomy to remove the uterus may be the simplest procedure.
If you would like more information on any of the minimally invasive gynecologic surgeries here or think one of these laparoscopic surgeries might be right for you, please contact our office to setup a consultation with our medical team. We can be reached online and by phone at 727.935.6477 (Palm Harbor) or 727.789.9006 (Trinity).