Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS)
Despite the many benefits of minimally invasive surgery (MIS), the method is being adopted slowly in the U.S. Out of the 600,000 hysterectomies performed annually, fewer than 20 percent are performed laparoscopically (i.e. using minimally invasive methods). Saint Agnes’ Bunting Institute for Women’s & Children’s Health however, is at the forefront of MIS, performing over 90 percent of its hysterectomies laparoscopically and being one of the few hospitals utilizing the da Vinci® surgical system for minimally invasive hysterectomies and gynecological oncology surgeries.
Patients who undergo MIS procedures experience significant benefits including:
- A hospital stay of less than 24 hours (versus a minimum two-night stay for open surgery patients)
- Less pain and blood loss due to smaller surgical incisions
- Fewer overall complications and a faster recovery time of between 10-14 days
- A faster return to daily activities compared to patients that undergo traditional open surgeries and are often out of work for six weeks after surgery
The Women’s OB/GYN Group is happy to offer minimally invasive surgery to the majority of our patients. Some of the procedures we offer include:
- Hysterectomy – One-third of women have a hysterectomy procedure by the time they turn 60 years old. As leaders in the field of minimally invasive hysterectomies, Saint Agnes hopes to educate doctors and patients alike about the value of the modern procedure. We offer vaginal or laparoscopic approaches, as well as hysterectomy utilizing the da Vinci Robotic Surgery System. Learn more about da Vinci Surgery at Saint Agnes Hospital HERE.
- Laparoscopy – In this minimally invasive procedure, a small incision is typically made in the belly button and a small camera inserted into the abdomen for removal of ovaries or ovarian masses, hysterectomy, treatment of endometriosis and scar tissue.
- Hysteroscopy – This minimally invasive procedure allows your doctor to look at the uterus through a small camera inserted into the uterus. This procedure is usually performed to diagnose and treat abnormal uterine bleeding caused by polyps or fibroids.
- Endometrial ablation – In this procedure, a thin layer of tissue that lines the ueterus is removed to stop excessive menstrual or other abnormal bleeding. This treatment is sometimes used as an alternative to hysterectomy.