Many benign gynecologic conditions can have a significant impact on a woman’s quality of life and interfere with work, school and even her relationship with her partner. Conditions such as uterine fibroids, endometriosis, chronic pelvic pain, heavy and painful periods and pelvic floor prolapse can often be treated with non-surgical interventions. However, if surgery becomes necessary, a minimally invasive surgical approach may be an effective option.
The da Vinci single site surgical approach offers the patient many benefits. This type of minimally invasive surgery only requires a single one and a half inch incision at the belly button. A small camera and instruments placed through a special port are then used to perform the surgery. Because this approach requires only a single small incision, and uses small delicate instruments for tissue handling and dissection, patients experience minimal blood loss, greatly decreased post-operative pain, less risk of infection and a much shorter post-operative recovery. For most patients, these procedures can be done as an outpatient surgery requiring no overnight hospital stay. Because the incision is incorporated into the natural irregularities of the belly button, this is a virtually scarless approach to surgery.
Types of gynecologic surgery that can be performed with the single site approach include hysterectomy, treatment of pelvic floor relaxation, sterilization procedures, diagnosis and treatment of pelvic pain and endometriosis and treatment of ovarian and Fallopian tube cysts and masses.
If you have been struggling with pelvic pain, heavy bleeding or other gynecologic problems, contact Gynecologist John Lieberman, D.O., for an appointment. Dr. Lieberman will review your treatment options and discuss whether da Vinci single site surgery is possible for you.