The field of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery is a rapidly growing sub- specialty dedicated to utilizing innovative and safe surgical techniques to handle complex patient care issues. By means of vaginal, robotic, hysteroscopic, and laparoscopic surgery, patients have access to surgical options with shorter recoveries and less overall risk of complication.
The UCLA Obstetrics and Gynecology Division of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery aims to provide patient-centered care, where patients can learn about the various surgical approaches for their care and participate in shared decision making to determine which treatment option is right for them.
Not all patients are good candidates for a minimally invasive surgery. However, at the UCLA Division of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, we strive to ensure that all patients who may benefit from these techniques have the option of doing so.
By avoiding large incisions, minimally invasive surgeries offer patients short recovery times and hospital stays. In fact, for many patients, a minimally invasive surgery can involve going home on the same day of surgery. Because there are no large incisions, most patients need less narcotics during their recovery and can return to normal activities in a shorter amount of time than with open, or traditional surgery.
Beyond the recovery benefits of minimally invasive surgery, studies have shown that people who undergo a minimally invasive procedure have less risks of more serious complications such as wound infections, post-operative pneumonias, and deep vein thrombosis.
At UCLA Obstetrics and Gynecology, we offer various types of surgical treatment options for a range of gynecologic conditions. If you have any of the following conditions, we recommend discussing this with your gynecologist to see if a minimally invasive approach may be right for you: