Advanced Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery
How is it Performed?
Laparoscopic surgery is performed using an instrument called a laparoscope ( a thin, lighted telescope) that is inserted through 3-4 tiny ( ½ -inch) incisions made in the abdomen. The laparoscope allows a physician to see and operate in the abdomen without having to make a long incision.
Laparoscopic surgical techniques allow surgery to be performed with less trauma to patients, and minimal damage to body tissues. This often means fewer days in the hospital, and much less pain during recovery. In many cases, patients go home the same day or the next morning.
When is it Performed?
Laparoscopic surgery can be used to address a number of gynecologic conditions that used to require large incisions.
Some common procedures include:
- Laparoscopic Hysterectomy
- Laparoscopic Burch Procedure
- Laparoscopic Vault Suspension
- Operative Hysteroscopy
- Tension-free Vaginal Tape Sling Procedure
- da Vinci Robotic Surgery
The following table compares the differences in average length of stay in the hospital and usual recovery time for some of the most common operations that can now be performed using laparoscopic techniques:
|Procedure||Surgical Approach||Hospital Stay (Days)||Recovery (Weeks)|
|Traditional Abdominal Hysterectomy||Abdominal||2-3||6|
|Traditional Vaginal Hysterectomy||Vaginal||1-2||4-6|
|Laparoscopic Assisted Vaginal Hysterectomy||Laparoscopic & Vaginal||1-2||4-6|
|Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy||Laparoscopic||1-2||4-6|
|Laparoscopic Supracervical Hysterectomy||Laparoscopic||Same day or overnight||2|