Sometimes, it can be necessary to resort to surgery to address reproductive issues. In many cases, though, minimally invasive surgery is an option as opposed to more conventional invasive surgeries.
Minimally invasive surgeries are often preferable because they tend to have shorter recovery times and are associated with fewer risks than traditional surgeries. This article explores common reproductive issues that require minimally invasive surgery and the benefits of these procedures.
Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs that grow inside or on the surface of the ovaries. In some cases, these cysts may grow large in size and cause pain, bleeding, and even infertility. In such cases, minimally invasive surgery may be necessary to remove the cysts and restore fertility.
During surgery, a laparoscope—a thin, lighted tube with a camera on the end—is inserted into small incisions in the abdomen. The laparoscope allows the surgeon to view and access the internal organs of the abdomen without making large abdominal incisions.
Afterward, additional instruments are used to remove or destroy the cyst. Depending on the location and size of the cyst, it may be removed entirely or have its contents drained through small tubes using suctioning devices.
Minimally invasive surgeries provide excellent results in terms of symptom relief and long-term prognosis for many women with ovarian cysts. This type of surgery is generally highly successful since it can remove cysts quickly and with little to no scarring.
Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous tumors of the uterus that may cause pain, heavy menstrual bleeding, and other troubling symptoms. A minimally invasive procedure known as a laparoscopic myomectomy can remove fibroids from the uterus, which can relieve symptoms and improve fertility.
During a laparoscopic myomectomy, the surgeon makes small incisions in the abdomen or pelvis to gain access to the fibroids. Through this incision, a laparoscope and other instruments can be inserted into the abdomen to remove or cut away the fibroids. The procedure is typically done as an outpatient procedure, and patients can often go home the same day with minimal recovery time.
Depending on the size and location of the fibroids, it is often possible to preserve reproductive organs such as the uterus and ovaries. This makes it a great option for women who want to become pregnant in the future.
While this procedure is not without risk, it can be an effective and safe way to remove fibroids. You can discuss the risks and benefits of this procedure with your doctor to determine if it is right for you.
Contact a local OBGYN to learn more about minimally invasive surgeries.