Interior Women's Health
Board Certified OB-GYNS, Midwives & Advanced Nurse Practitioners located in Fairbanks, AK
Minimally invasive surgery is an approach that minimizes tissue damage and pain while promoting faster healing for gynecological conditions. At Interior Women's Health in Fairbanks, Alaska, board-certified OB/GYNs Karl Baurick, MD, FACOG, and Doris Heilman, MD, FACOG, provide expert minimally invasive surgery for a wide range of gynecological and urinary conditions. They also specialize in using the most advanced robotic systems for the ultimate in surgical precision. Call Interior Women's Health today to find out more or use the online form to schedule a consultation.
Minimally Invasive Surgery & Robotic Surgery Q&A
What is minimally invasive surgery?
Minimally invasive surgery is an approach to performing gynecological operations using small incisions and advanced imaging technologies. By minimizing the size of the incisions in your body, your surgeon at Interior Women's Health reduces tissue damage significantly. The benefits of minimally invasive surgery include:
- Less pain
- Reduced risk of complications
- Lower risk of infection
- Shorter recovery time
- Faster healing
- Minimal scarring
The gynecologists at Interior Women's Health have substantial expertise and more than 20 years of experience in carrying out minimally invasive surgery.
What kinds of minimally invasive surgery does a gynecologist perform?
Some of the minimally invasive procedures the team at Interior Women's Health carry out include:
- Dilation and curettage (D&C)
- Novasure® endometrial ablation
- Loop excision electrocautery procedure (LEEP)
- Hysterectomy (removal of the uterus)
- Oophorectomy (removal of the ovaries)
- Salpingectomy (removal of the fallopian tubes)
The Interior Women's Health team usually carries out minimally invasive gynecological surgery using laparoscopic techniques. A laparoscope is a technologically advanced instrument in the form of a flexible tube. It has a light and miniature camera at one end.
The laparoscope is also hollow, so your surgeon can pass other instruments down to the site of the operation. It’s slim enough to pass easily into natural openings like your vagina, or through small incisions in your skin.
In the operating room, your surgical team can see clear images of your internal organs on a monitor. The camera at the end of the laparoscope sends back these images.
What gynecological conditions are suitable for minimally invasive surgery?
Your OB/GYN can treat a wide range of gynecological conditions using minimally invasive surgery, including:
- Gynecologic cancer
- Menorrhagia (painful periods)
- Metrorrhagia (irregular periods)
- Ovarian cysts
- Pelvic pain
- Uterine fibroids
- Vaginal atrophy
- Organ prolapse
- Urinary incontinence
Minimally invasive surgery is suitable for most gynecological problems, but open surgery may still be necessary in certain circumstances.
What is robotic surgery?
An increasing number of gynecological surgeries use robotic techniques. Robotic surgery is a minimally invasive option that the Interior Women's Health team uses to provide the ultimate in precision for certain procedures, including hysterectomy, pelvic organ prolapse surgery, myomectomy to remove uterine fibroids, and endometriosis resection.
With robotic surgery, your surgeon operates by guiding a robotic arm via a computer console. This gives them a greater degree of dexterity and ensures minimal tissue damage. The gynecologists at Interior Women's Health each have more than five years of experience in carrying out minimally invasive surgery using the da Vinci® surgical system from Intuitive.
If you need surgery for a gynecological problem, Interior Women's Health assures you of the highest standards of care alongside the most advanced, state-of-the-art technology. Call the office today to schedule a consultation or make an appointment online.