Minimally invasive surgeries

Making the right choice for gynecological surgery

Pain and heavy bleeding don't have to be a routine part of your monthly cycle. Disorders such as uterine prolapse, fibroids and endometriosis can be effectively treated with minimally invasive surgery. And there is no better choice for gynecological surgery than Novant Health UVA Health System.

Robotic surgery uses computerized tools that enhance the surgeon’s skill and precision to provide a high-tech, minimally invasive surgery experience. For you, the patient, this advanced approach can result in:

  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Less pain
  • Less risk of infection
  • Less scarring
  • Less blood loss and transfusions
  • Faster recovery and return to normal daily activities

Our full range of minimally invasive surgical techniques include laparoscopic surgery and the da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery system.

Da Vinci Surgical System

State-of-the-art robotic technology close to home

The da Vinci features state-of-the-art robotic technology. The system enables the surgeon's hand movements to be scaled, filtered and translated into precise movements of micro-instruments within the operative site. The magnified, 3-D view enables the surgeon to perform precise surgery in complex procedures through small surgical incisions. The da Vinci system requires that every maneuver be performed with direct input from the surgeon. The system has been successfully used in thousands of gynecological procedures worldwide. For most patients, this procedure offers substantially less pain and a much-shorter recovery period.

Laparoscopic surgery

Laparoscopic surgery uses a thin, telescopic-like instrument called a laparoscope, which is inserted through a small incision at the belly button. Connected to the laparoscope is a tiny video camera that projects a view of the operative site through video monitors located in the operating room. The abdomen is inflated with carbon dioxide gas to allow the surgeon a better view of the operative area. Two or three additional small incisions are made near the laparoscope through which the surgeon inserts specialized surgical instruments. The surgeon uses these instruments to remove the endometriosis and scarred tissue around it while preserving the uterus, tubes and ovaries. Following the procedure, the small incisions are closed with sutures and covered with surgical tape. After a few months, they are barely visible.