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Minimally Invasive Surgery Specialist

Women 2 Women Medical Center

G. Lara Bhatnagar, MD

OBGYN located in Irvine, CA

If you need women’s health surgery, but you want to avoid significant downtime, Women 2 Women Medical Center provides a variety of minimally invasive surgeries to address pelvic organ prolapse, ovarian cysts, uterine growths, or to perform a hysterectomy and much more. G. Lara Bhatnagar, MD, a board-certified OB/GYN who has performed more than 1,000 surgeries, possesses the expertise and training in minimally invasive techniques. The practice is conveniently located in Irvine, California. Call today, or schedule your consultation online.

Minimally Invasive Surgery Q & A

What is minimally invasive surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery is one in which, either no incisions (cuts) or tiny 1-2 cm cuts, are made on your body to perform complex treatments. It requires highly specialized training and expertise in the use of specially designed instruments. With the use of skilled techniques, the surgeon is able to perform procedures which in the past required a 10 cm incision with very small incisions. This allows you, the patient to return to the comfort of your home the same day and back to your normal activities, at least 3- 5 times faster. During surgery, it reduces blood loss and infections. Not only that, post-operative pain is also much reduced, therefore reducing the need for strong pain medications which in themselves have side effects. 

Some examples of minimally invasive surgeries performed by at Women 2 Women Medical Center are endometrial ablation, vaginal hysterectomy, correction of prolapse (commonly known as ” falling out” ) of pelvic organs such as uterus, bladder or rectum. These usually do not require any cuts on your skin. Other examples are laparoscopic hysterectomies, laparoscopic removal of ovaries, cysts of the ovaries or fallopian tubes. These are small 1-2 cm incisions on your body.

Minimally invasive surgery helps you avoid large incisions and significant downtime required by invasive gynecologic operations. With this form of surgery, Dr. Bhatnagar makes cuts that are just one or two centimeters in length. In some cases, there is no incision at all such as vaginal hysterectomy and hysteroscopy. In contrast, traditional surgery requires a lengthy 10-cm incision.

What are the benefits of minimally invasive surgery?

After this form of surgery, you can return to the comfort of your home the same day. You typically bounce back from surgery and can resume your normal activities at least three to five times faster than with open surgery. 

Minimally invasive surgery also minimizes blood loss and lowers your risk of infection. You typically experience less pain after this type of surgery, reducing the need for strong pain medications, helping to avoid the side effects of these powerful drugs.

What are the types of minimally invasive gynecologic surgery?

At Women 2 Women Medical Center, Dr. Bhatnagar provides various forms of minimally invasive surgery, which she recommends based on your health condition and other factors. Your options include:

Laparoscopy

Laparoscopy is a procedure using a camera-equipped device that inserted through your abdomen through a small 1-2 cm incision. Dr. Bhatnagar performs laparoscopic hysterectomies, laparoscopic removal of ovaries, and treats growths on your ovaries or Fallopian tubes with this procedure.

Hysteroscopy

Dr. Bhatnagar uses a slim, telescope-like device to see your reproductive organs and perform your treatment. Hysteroscopy is used to perform a vaginal hysterectomy, treat heavy periods, or remove scar tissue, fibroid, polyps, or ovarian cysts.

Endometrial ablation

Dr. Bhatnagar performs endometrial ablation to relieve heavy periods by removing your endometrium. This minimally invasive treatment may lighten your period, or you may stop having a period entirely.

Vaginal hysterectomy

Dr. Bhatnagar provides a vaginal hysterectomy, which removes your uterus through your vagina. The procedure requires no cuts in your abdomen.

Vaginal tightening (perinorpahy)

For looseness in your vaginal tissues, Dr. Bhatnagar performs a procedure to tighten your vagina. The surgery repairs your perineum, which can be damaged during childbirth.

However, if you want to have children, endometrial ablation or hysterectomy may not be the right procedure for you. During your consultation with Dr. Bhatnagar, she explains the pros and cons of this treatment and others, so you can make a decision that fits with your family-planning goals.

Explore the advantages of minimally invasive surgery today by calling Women 2 Women Medical Center or booking a consultation online with Dr. Bhatnagar.

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