It can be very upsetting to learn that you need surgery of any kind. Needing to have a hysterectomy or other life-changing GYN procedure could leave you with a wide range of emotions and fears. With everything that this entails, being able to reduce your recovery time and pain level is extremely important. These are the primary reasons that minimally invasive GYN procedures are beginning to trend in the medical community, and before long it will be recognized as the primary standard of care.
What Minimally Invasive Means
Minimally invasive procedures are those that are done laparoscopically. This means that instead of a large incision being made in the abdomen or pelvis to access the reproductive organs, a robotic machine is used to perform the procedure through much smaller incisions. Only a few small incisions are necessary for the robotic arms to work. The arms are guided by the surgeon utilizing unique imaging that allows the surgeon to see inside the body to direct the robotic arms.
Decreased Recovery Time
Although any GYN procedure will have some recovery time and aftercare instructions, laparoscopic surgery has a much faster recovery time. For example, a traditional hysterectomy has a hospital stay of two to three days with a recovery period of four to six weeks. The same procedure done laparoscopically is done on an outpatient basis with no hospital stay, and you will reach full recovery within one to two weeks.
If you have been told that you are going to need a GYN procedure done, don’t settle for traditional methods. While tried and true, these methods are outdated and come with hefty recovery times and more pain and discomfort. Instead, contact us today for more information about our minimally invasive procedures.