Minimally invasive gynecologic surgeries normally require a smaller incision and thus, require less healing time than traditional surgeries. In some cases, these can be completed as an outpatient procedure or may only require a short hospital stay—rather than long, extended aftercare. This kind of surgery requires that the surgeon is more skilled and has more experience. Dr. Clark completed fellowship training in Female Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery and is one of very few surgeons who is board certified in both OB/GYN and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. He has successfully performed thousands of minimally invasive gynecologic surgeries and is recognized as a leader in his subspecialty. It is not uncommon for Dr. Clark’s patients to undergo surgery and return home on the same day.
Depending on the particular procedure, your surgery may be completed robotically (using the daVinci Robot) or with a laparoscope. In either case, the incision is usually smaller than a pen!
Many patients can return to regular life with a few activity restrictions after just a few days. However, each type of surgery is slightly different, since the incisions may be in different locations and the internal corrections will differ with each procedure. Generally speaking, you will be back to your normal activities much sooner if undergo minimally invasive gynecological surgery. The goal is to assure you have healed and you are feeling your best before you resume any strenuous activities. Dr. Clark will let you know what your personal course of recovery will be.
Each method of performing surgery has benefits and drawbacks. Some candidates may be a better fit than others for minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. Only after a consultation and thorough review of your medical history will Dr. Clark be able to help you determine what the best option is for your needs. Careful consideration of all factors will help assure you get the best possible results and feel your best when healing has occurred.