St Clare Medical Building on St Mary Medical Center Campus Langhorne PA 215-750-7771
Our Office Offers Patients a Variety of Options to Meet Surgical Needs
There are two approaches to surgery - a traditional or open surgery and surgery using a minimally invasive procedure or MIP. There are several types of MIPs that can be used for a Surgical Procedure. For example a Hysterectomy can be done many ways depending on what would provide the best outcome.
An abdominal hysterectomy is an open surgery. This is the most common approach to hysterectomy, accounting for about 65% of all procedures. To perform an abdominal hysterectomy, a surgeon makes a 5- to 7-inch incision, either up-and-down or side-to-side, across the belly. The surgeon then removes the uterus through this incision. On average, a woman spends more than two days in the hospital following an abdominal hysterectomy. There is also, after healing, a visible scar at the location of the incision.
• Vaginal hysterectomy: The surgeon makes a cut in the vagina and removes the uterus through this incision. The incision is closed, leaving no visible scar.
• Laparoscopic hysterectomy: This surgery is done using a laparoscope, which is a tube with a lighted camera, and surgical tools inserted through several small cuts made in the belly or, in the case of a single site laparoscopic procedure, one small cut made in the belly button. The surgeon performs the hysterectomy from outside the body, viewing the operation on a video screen.
• Laparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy: Using laparoscopic surgical tools, a surgeon removes the uterus through an incision in the vagina.
• Robot-assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy: This procedure is similar to a laparoscopic hysterectomy, but the surgeon controls a sophisticated robotic system of surgical tools from outside the body. Advanced technology allows the surgeon to use natural wrist movements and view the hysterectomy on a three-dimensional screen. This allows for some otherwise difficult surgeries to be performed with a MIP. Endometrial cancers and some Vaginal support procedures may be facilitated by this approach
Using an MIP approach offers a number of benefits when compared to the more traditional open surgery. In general, an MIP allows for faster recovery, shorter hospital stays, less pain and scarring, and a lower chance of infection.
With an MIP, women are generally able to resume their normal activity within an average of three to four weeks, compared to four to six weeks for an open surgery case. And the costs associated with an MIP are considerably lower than the costs associated with open surgery, depending on the instruments used and the time spent in the operating room. There is also less risk of incisional hernias with an MIP.
Not every woman is a good candidate for a minimally invasive procedure. The presence of scar tissue from previous surgeries, obesity, and health status can all affect whether or not an MIP is advisable. You should talk with your physician about whether you might be a candidate for a Minimally Invasive Procedure.
Some minimally invasive procedures can also be performed in the office such as: Hysteroscopy, Saline Infused Sonohysterogram, Leep and others if patients meet the criteria for office MIPs. Performing in office procedures saves out of pocket hospital costs for patients.
1203 Langhorne-Newtown Rd
St. Clare Medical Building, Suite #225
Langhorne, PA 19047
Call Us: 215-750-7771
Monday: 9:00am to 8:00pm
Tuesday: 7:30am to 4:00pm
Wednesday: 7:00am to 7:30pm
Thursday: 8:00am to 7:00pm
Friday: 9:00am to 4:00pm
Phones available Monday through Friday from 8am to 4pm.
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For medical emergency, call 911 immediately.