Amazingly, minimally invasive surgical procedures can be traced back as far as a veterinarian who examined the bladders and lungs of canines in 1805 using a system of mirrors and candles. Because of advances in light sources and instruments, endoscopic examinations became more common over the next century.
Laparoscopic procedures gained a solid foothold in medicine only after the 1990s. Even though tubal ligations were performed using these techniques by the mid-1970s; this was still a significant problem. There are many options for minimally invasive gynecological procedures that patients can choose from, which can reduce their recovery time by several days to even weeks.
The robotic surgical system is used by surgeons at OBGYN Care. This elevates minimally invasive surgery to a new level. Because it makes use of cutting-edge digital imaging technology and highly precise computer-controlled robotics, your treatment will have a much smaller impact on surrounding tissue than traditional open surgery.
Visibility To The Eyes
To reduce the damage to adjacent tissue, it is crucial that the surgeon can view the area being treated. For surgeries that target organs deep inside the body, it was necessary to make large incisions through the muscle walls. This allowed surgeons to see clearly through the muscle walls.
Digital imaging is becoming more portable and high-resolution. An incision of just one inch will allow your doctor to see deep into your pelvis. It is no longer necessary to maintain a clear line of sight during a long incision.
With the development of surgical vision, instruments used during surgery have changed. These instruments were designed to be used through keyhole incisions. Robotic assistance such as the Da Vinci system allows motions and articulations beyond what the human hand can do. It does this with accuracy well beyond that of any skilled surgeon.
Minimally Invasive Surgery Has Many Benefits
As we have said, the biggest difference between traditional and minimally invasive surgeries is the size of the incision. A series of smaller incisions can heal faster and more discreetly than one large incision. Minimally invasive procedures also have the following advantages:
- Less blood loss
- Lower pain levels, which means a lower need for narcotic pain medication.
- Reduced chance of injury to nerves or muscles near the surgical site
- Greater chance of infection prevention due to the absence of surgical incisions
- Less time spent recuperating, and often with fewer restrictions after surgery
- Reduced inflammation in the immune system after surgery
This means that there will be less downtime. This means that you won’t need to wait as long to return to your normal activities like work or school.
These are some examples of gynecological procedures which can be done using less intrusive methods:
- Treatment of cancerous and benign tumors
- Uterine fibroid removal
- Repair of prolapsed pelvic organ
- Endometriosis excision
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