Aurora Health Care specializes in laparoscopy and robotic surgery. These minimally invasive surgical approaches can treat a variety of health needs, including:
Laparoscopic surgery and robotic surgery offers smaller incisions than a traditional surgery. You will return to daily activities in less time and with less discomfort.
Aurora’s highly trained surgeons perform most gynecologic surgical procedures with either laparoscopy or robotic surgery. The success of our program depends on:
Minimally invasive surgery techniques include:
A surgeon creates very small abdominal incisions, then inserts a thin video camera and surgical instruments through the incisions. The surgeon views the surgical site on a video monitor and uses the special instruments to complete the surgery. Single-incision laparoscopy uses a single incision hidden in the belly button, which means there's less pain and no visible scarring.
This technique combines laparoscopic surgery techniques with the agility and accuracy of robotic arms. The robotic arms turn the surgeon’s moves into smaller movements, allowing for delicate work in tiny spaces.
Our surgeons perform robotic-assisted single incision hysterectomy through a small incision in your belly button. These procedures allow for minimally noticeable scar-free results.
This method uses small incisions in the vagina to perform minimally invasive surgery. A vaginal hysterectomy removes the uterus through these incisions so there is no visible scarring. Both the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists prefer this method for hysterectomy because of its lower surgical risk compared to other methods.
Traditional surgeries require a long incision made through muscle, resulting in large scars and a longer recovery time. Laparoscopy and robotic surgery use smaller incisions so the surgeon can avoid cutting through muscle. The result is less tissue damage, shorter hospitalization and recovery time, and less noticeable scars. Because minimally invasive surgery uses video-assisted equipment, it can be more accurate.
Infection, bleeding and anesthesia-related problems are possible complications. However, because of the smaller incisions needed, your risk of infection and excessive blood loss is lower than with traditional open surgery.
Laparoscopy and robotic surgery success rates are comparable to traditional surgeries.
Many factors determine if you’re eligible for a minimally invasive surgery. The location and type of procedure, your general health, as well as your size — some larger women may not be candidates — are indicators for whether you are eligible.
Experience is the key. Studies show that the more procedures a surgeon performs, the higher the chance of better outcomes. Ask your surgeon how many times he or she has performed your specific procedure.
Yes, most health insurance plans cover minimally invasive surgery. Please contact your insurance company with specific questions about your medical plan.