Minimally Invasive Surgery Specialist
Minimally invasive surgery has transformed gynecologic health care, giving gynecologists like Dr. Judy Wei and her team at Capri Medical the ability to effectively treat diverse gynecologic conditions without resorting to the trauma of open surgery. If you have a condition such as uterine fibroids, endometriosis, or ovarian polyps, please call their office in Irvine, California, or schedule an appointment online for a full evaluation and to learn how their expertise in minimally invasive surgery may help restore optimal health.
Minimally Invasive Surgery Q & A
What is minimally invasive surgery?
Conventional surgery uses one long incision to access organs and structures inside your body. Minimally invasive surgery is “minimally invasive” because it’s done using several small incisions that are no longer than one-half inch.
Minimally invasive surgery is possible due to advances in surgical instruments and specialized cameras that fit into long thin tubes. Your doctor at Capri Medical inserts these tubes through the small incisions, then controls the surgical tool contained in each tube.
The first device inserted contains a high-definition camera and lighting. It transmits a magnified and 3D view of areas inside your body to a screen so your doctor can clearly see inside your body.
These specialized scopes – laparoscope and hysteroscope -- can be used to examine pelvic organs and diagnose gynecologic problems. The doctors also use them to see the surgical site during minimally invasive procedures.
What are the benefits of minimally invasive surgery?
Most minimally invasive procedures are performed in the office at Capri Medical, so you avoid the time and expense of hospitalization. If your surgery is done in the hospital, you’ll have a much shorter stay than is common following traditional surgery.
Smaller incisions cause minimal trauma to your body compared to open surgery, which means significant health benefits such as:
Less postoperative pain
Less blood loss
Lower risk of infection
What types of minimally invasive surgeries are performed?
The doctors at Capri Medical perform many types of gynecologic surgeries using minimally invasive techniques such as laparoscopy and hysteroscopy. Common gynecologic conditions such as uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, endometriosis, and abnormal bleeding are effectively treated with minimally invasive surgery.
A few examples of minimally invasive surgeries include:
Hysterectomy: Partial or total removal of the uterus
Myomectomy: Removal of uterine fibroids while preserving the uterus
Ovarian and fallopian cystectomies: Removal of cysts or tumors
Salpingo-oophorectomy: Removal of one or both ovaries and fallopian tubes
Dilatation and curettage (D&C)
Endometrial ablation: Treat abnormal bleeding
Diagnostic procedures: Tissue biopsy and detection of polyps, fibroids and scar tissue in the uterus
If you experience pelvic pain, abnormal bleeding, or other symptoms like a feeling of pressure in your pelvis, please don’t hesitate to contact the doctors at Capri Medical. They have extensive experience in diagnosing health conditions and performing minimally invasive surgery when that’s the best treatment option for your health needs.