Most gynecological conditions can be treated medically...
But when surgery is required, you can rest assured that our gynecologic surgeons at Delaware Valley OBGYN are among the most experienced in central New Jersey, particularly in minimally invasive gynecologic procedures including use of the DaVinci surgical robot.
In order to understand the surgical procedures, the first thing to understand is the approach to surgery. Here some of the more common approaches to gynecologic surgery:
Hysteroscopy refers to the insertion of a telescope like device through the cervix into the cavity of the uterus.This is an outpatient procedure that can be used to look at the uterine lining (also known as the endometrium) and treat abnormalities inside the cavity of the uterus such as submucus fibroids, polyp, scar tissue and retained pregnancy tissue.
Laparoscopy refers to the insertion of a telescope like device into the abdominal cavity which enables to surgeon to see the outside surface of pelvic organs such as the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovary. At the same time the abdominal cavity is filled with CO2 gas to create a space for the surgeon to observe and operate on these organs. Mulitple incisions may be made in the abdominal wall to insert various instruments to treat diseased tissue or remove organs or tumors.
Da Vinci Surgery
The Da Vinci surgical robot is a specially designed high tech laparoscopy system that enables the surgeon to see tissues in high definition 3D and to be able to move surgical instruments in directions that might otherwise be impossible with standard laparoscopy. DaVinci surgery is often used in delicate surgery such as hysterectomy or myomectomy
Laparotomy refers to regular open surgery, often through an incision that resembles that used for cesarian section. Sometimes there is really no alternative to open surgery, such as in cases where there is a large amount of scar tissue or there is a concern over spreading a cancer.