Minimally Invasive Surgery
Laparoscopy, through small incisions, is used to treat many gynecologic problems including pelvic pain, fibroids, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, and prolapse. These procedures are usually done as an outpatient, or occasionally an overnight stay.Recovery is fairly short, usually one to two weeks, allowing return to most activities including work. Hysteroscopy is another minimally invasive procedure allowing direct views inside the uterus, as an outpatient, to evaluate and treat many problems including bleeding, fibroids and polyps.
Over the last ten years more laparoscopic surgery has been performed using the da Vinci Robotic system. Trained and certified surgeons, including Dr. Fuller, are using this form of laparoscopic surgery for the majority of hysterectomies. Enhanced control and visibility are the benefits of this surgery. This surgery is one hundred percent controlled by the surgeon, not a robot, and the result is less bleeding, less complications, less need for narcotic pain medications, and overall a faster recovery.
Dr. Fuller has been performing da Vinci robotic surgery for years and is grateful for this procedure that has allowed him to perform more complex and difficult cases that usually would have required open and larger incisions through the abdomen. He said, “I’ve had patients recover so quickly that they have returned to work in one to two weeks, even school teachers!” If you have questions regarding robotic surgery that you would like to discuss with Dr. Fuller, please give us a call.