Minimally Invasive & Robotic Surgery
Bridgeview Women's Health offers multiple options for minimally invasive surgery (MIS) both in the office and the operating room. MIS procedures offer alternatives to those done under general anesthesia in the operating room and utilizing large abdominal incisions. Not all women are candidates for MIS procedures, however, an increasing number are.
MIS procedures fall into 2 main categories:
- Laparoscopic surgery, in which the procedure is done through a keyhole-sized incision. This includes Robotic-assisted procedures.
- Incision-free procedures.
- Hysterectomies: We are able to offer both traditional laparoscopic and robotic assisted hysterectomies. Non-laparoscopic hysterectomies are done utilizing large abdominal incisions and often require 3-4 days in the hospital and weeks of recovery. With laparoscopy we are able to perform the same surgery through small keyhole incisions, sometimes getting you home within 24 hours of surgery and back to work within 2 weeks.
- Removal of other pelvic structures or treatment of endometriosis: Similarly we are able to remove ovaries, ovarian cysts and treat complicated endometriosis with these procedures.
- Heavy bleeding: In the past heavy bleeding from multiple causes was treated through hysterectomy. We now have procedures that can be done in office with oral medications, if desired, or in the operating room under general anesthesia, which allow patients to go home the same day and back to work the following day.
- Fibroids: Removal of fibroids (myomectomy) continues to be performed primarily through large abdominal incisions. We are now able to offer a Robotic laparoscopic approach for many of these procedures with significant improvement in recovery time and potentially less scarring.
- Sterilization: Tubal ligation (getting your "tubes tied") is traditionally performed the day after having a baby through a small abdominal incision or laparoscopically through the belly. Both procedures are performed in the operating room and frequently under general anesthesia.
- Heavy bleeding: Traditionally this common problem has been treated with hormones or hysterectomy. We are now able to treat bleeding very effectively with ablation procedures which require no incisions and can be done either in office or in the operating room.
- Sterilization/tubal ligation: Traditionally, sterilization procedures were done in the operating room and required abdominal incisions to access the tubes. There are now procedures which can be performed in office, if desired, and are done with no incisions.
Robotic Assisted Surgery
One of the major advancements in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery in recent years is robotic assisted surgery made possible with daVinci.
Drs. Suzuki, Murray and Lohr are trained in use of this cutting edge system and have performed over 100 total procedures. We are proud to offer a range of procedures through Good Samaritan Hospital, including hysterectomy and myomectomy (removal of fibriods):
If you are facing surgery, we recommend you talk to us about robotic assisted surgery, as it often leads to smaller incisions, less pain, and dramatically quicker recovery times.
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NovaSure for Very Heavy Periods
If you are one of the 1 in 5 women who suffer from extremely heavy periods, talk to us about NovaSure. This 5-minute procedure offered by Bridgeview Women's Health can lighten, or even end, your period without ongoing prescriptions or hormonal side effects.
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