Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery
With any kind of surgery, getting in, out, and on with life is always a goal. Dr. Matthew H. Clark, of Newport Beach’s The Clark Center for Urogynecology, understands that this is more so the case with surgery in your private areas. That’s why Minimally Invasive Gynecological Surgery is a subspecialty.

Minimally Invasive Surgery Q&A

What is the difference between traditional and minimally invasive gynecologic surgery?

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.

How are minimally invasive gynecologic procedures performed?

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!

What conditions can be treated using minimally invasive gynecological surgery?

  • Endometriosis
  • Heavy Uterine Bleeding
  • Uterine Fibroids
  • Uterine Prolapse
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse
  • Cyst Removal
  • Hysterectomy
  • Vault Suspension
  • Bladder Support
  • Sacrocolpopexy

How much downtime is required after minimally invasive gynecological surgery?

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.

Who is a candidate for minimally invasive gynecological surgery?

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.

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