Minimally invasive vaginal surgery is a surgical approach where surgeons use very small incisions and specialized tools to perform advanced urogynecologic procedures.
During a minimally invasive vaginal surgery, one of the small abdominal incisions creates space for a laparoscope — a thin tool with a tiny camera. The camera sends live video to a bedside monitor, where your surgeon can view the surgical site in detail.
Thin surgical tools slide into the other abdominal incisions. Then, your surgeon uses those tools to repair, cut, reposition, or make other changes in the treatment area. If your surgery involves tissue removal, your surgeon removes the tissue through your vagina.
Some minimally invasive vaginal laparoscopic surgeries may include robotic technology. During a robotic-assisted minimally invasive vaginal laparoscopic surgery, your surgeon controls robotic arms using a state-of-the-art console.
There are several reasons that you might need minimally invasive vaginal surgery. The most common example is hysterectomy — a procedure to remove your uterus. Most hysterectomies also include removal of the cervix (the opening of the uterus).
Many women in need of a hysterectomy also need other procedures, such as ovary or fallopian tube removal. Pelvic organ prolapse, a common reason for minimally invasive vaginal hysterectomy, may require additional procedures to repair or reposition your bladder or other tissues.
If you need additional procedures, Valley Urogynecology Associates commonly performs those procedures at the same time as the hysterectomy. That means you’ll only need anesthesia once. Furthermore, having the procedures at the same time makes for an easier overall recovery than having a series of surgeries.
Minimally invasive vaginal surgery offers many benefits, including:
Overall, recovery from minimally invasive vaginal surgery is usually faster than with other surgical approaches.
To learn more about minimally invasive vaginal surgery and how it can help you, call Valley Urogynecology Associates or click on the provided appointment link to schedule a consultation now.