Thanks to advances in medical technology, minimally invasive surgeries and procedures significantly reduce the risks associated with major surgery, and they’re being used in more areas than ever before. Dr. Heather Leslie-Brown, OB/GYN at Brown’s Women’s Care in Monroe, North Carolina, specializes in the latest minimally invasive techniques to address your medical issues in the least disruptive way possible.
Minimally Invasive Surgery Q & A
A minimally invasive procedure requires only a small incision or an existing opening to feed small, state-of-the-art equipment into your body to perform numerous tasks that used to require open surgery. This type of procedure is designed to limit the damage to your body that major operations can cause.
There are several different types of minimally invasive procedures, such as:
Laparoscopy: The doctor makes small incisions in your abdomen to get a closer look at your reproductive organs with a small camera. Also, the doctor may feed small instruments through the incisions to perform a multitude of tasks, such as:
- Fibroid and cyst removal
- Tubal ligations
- Hernia repairs
Vaginal hysterectomy: A procedure to remove your uterus through your vagina. Depending on the extent of the hysterectomy, other organs may also be removed, such as the ovaries, cervix, and fallopian tubes.
Hysteroscopy: The doctor inserts a small, lighted instrument through your vagina to examine your pelvic region more closely.
Endometrial ablation: A procedure that uses specialized equipment inserted through your vagina to destroy the lining of your uterus. An endometrial ablation is a permanent treatment for excessive menstrual bleeding.
Colposcopy and biopsy: Procedures used to take tissue for biopsy using small instruments inserted into your vagina and through your cervix.
Minimally invasive procedures are not always an available solution. After a thorough examination, Dr. Leslie-Brown will let you know whether you are a good candidate and, if not, what the alternatives treatments are.
The goal behind minimally invasive procedures is to minimize the damage that is done to your body’s tissue in open surgery, reducing your risks significantly.
However, some risks accompany any medical procedure. In general, the risks and side effects associated with minimally invasive surgeries or procedures are:
Dr. Leslie-Brown will discuss these side effects and risks with you beforehand, so you know what to expect and when to call should larger issues crop up.