Thanks to advancements in modern surgical tools and techniques, almost all gynecological surgeries, including hysterectomies, can be performed using minimally invasive measures. The team of highly skilled physicians at Cary OB/GYN in Cary and Morrisville, North Carolina, provide comprehensive pre- and postsurgical care, so you won’t have to stress about your procedure. Contact us today to schedule your appointment at the office nearest you.
Minimally Invasive Surgery Q & A
Why do I need minimally invasive surgery?
Many gynecological surgeries nowadays are performed with minimally invasive equipment, such as the laparoscope. Your OB/GYN might recommend a minimally invasive surgery for:
- Tubal ligation
- Uterine fibroids
- Ovarian cysts
- Infertility treatments
- Pelvic organ prolapse
Sometimes, minimally invasive surgery is primarily diagnostic. For instance, if you have lingering pelvic pain and your OB/GYN needs to find out why they can perform a minimally invasive diagnostic laparoscopy or hysteroscopy to look at your pelvic organs directly. They can often make minor repairs during this procedure.
What are the benefits of minimally invasive surgery?
Years ago, if you needed a gynecological surgery, you could expect a large scar that often ran from hip to hip. Because of superior advancements in surgical equipment, you can now undergo the same types of surgeries, with only a few tiny incisions. This groundbreaking technology is beneficial because it:
- Reduces risk of surgical error
- Decreases your risk of bleeding
- Minimizes surgical scarring
- Speeds up your recovery time
Plus, minimally invasive surgery procedures offered at Cary OB/GYN are almost always performed on an outpatient basis unless you have a serious medical concern. This allows you to go home within a few hours of surgery and be able to recuperate in your own bed.
How long is the recovery after minimally invasive surgery?
Minimally invasive surgery has a quicker recovery time because you have fewer incisions than in open surgery, and the ones you do have are very small. It’s important to know that your OB/GYN still has to make repairs and your pelvic organs need time to heal. You should plan on resting for at least a few days afterward.
You can gradually start getting back into your normal routine typically by the end of your first week. For surgical repairs, it can take anywhere from about three to six weeks to have a full recovery. If you’re having a simple diagnostic gynecological surgery, you should be recovered within a couple of weeks.
But each patient and each procedure is unique. Your practitioner from Cary OB/GYN lets you know when it’s safe to return to your regular activities, including exercise and sexual intercourse.
Learn more about minimally invasive surgery by booking an evaluation at Cary OB/GYN today. Contact us today to schedule your appointment at the office nearest you.