Minimally Invasive Surgery

RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Elmhurst, IL, Westchester, IL, Hinsdale, IL, Oak Park, IL & Addison, IL

Do you need gynecologic surgery but are concerned about a significant recovery time after open surgery? The experienced team at RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology performs minimally invasive surgery for endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease, fibroids, and ovarian cysts with advanced technologies, such as the da Vinci® robotic system. The practice has convenient locations in Elmhurst, Addison, Westchester, Oak Park, and Hinsdale, Illinois. Call today or book a consultation online.

Minimally Invasive Surgery Q & A

What is minimally invasive surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery is an alternative to conventional open surgery. This form of surgery requires few or no incisions and minimal downtime when compared to traditional gynecologic surgeries. 

What are the types of minimally invasive gynecologic surgery?

The skilled team at RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology performs several kinds of minimally invasive surgery, including:

  • Laparoscopy
  • Robot-assisted laparoscopy
  • Hysteroscopy

Your practitioner at RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology discusses whether you’re a candidate for one of these types of procedures.

What is laparoscopy?

Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure used to view your internal pelvic organs and to perform treatments with a slim camera-equipped device called a laparoscope. 

The procedure takes place while you’re under general anesthesia and requires a small incision or incisions near your navel. 

What does laparoscopy treat? 

Your practitioner generally recommends this procedure to diagnose or treat common women's health conditions. These conditions include:

  • Endometriosis
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Fibroids
  • Ovarian cysts

The minimally invasive procedure also corrects pelvic organ prolapse, a condition where your bladder, uterus, or rectum drop into your vagina. Your practitioner can also perform hysterectomy via laparoscopy.

What is robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery?

Your practitioner may recommend this form of minimally invasive surgery to treat pelvic organ prolapse, perform a hysterectomy, and address other conditions typically treated via laparoscopy. 

The treatment uses the da Vinci robotic surgical system, which requires fewer incisions and less downtime than traditional open surgery. 

What is a hysteroscopy?

Hysteroscopy is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure. During the procedure, your practitioner inserts a narrow, lighted telescope-like device called a hysteroscope through your vagina and into your uterus. 

The hysteroscope captures and transmits images onto a screen your practitioner can see. If they see an area that needs treatment, they use other instruments to treat the problem. This saves you from needing to come back for a second procedure.

What does hysteroscopy treat?

Your practitioner at RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology generally recommends hysteroscopy to treat uterine conditions, such as:

  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Benign fibroids or polyps
  • Uterine adhesions (bands of scar tissue)

Your practitioner also employs hysteroscopy during sterilization procedures. 

Minimally invasive surgery may be an option if you have a women’s health issue and you’re seeking alternatives to open surgery. 

To find out if you’re a candidate, call today or schedule a consultation online with one of the experienced practitioners at RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology.