Glow Obstetrics & Gynecology
Obstetrician & Gynecologist located in Rockwall, TX
Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgery that causes little to no scarring and promotes faster recovery, while robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery enhances the procedure and delivers more precise surgery. Theresa Conyac, MD, FACOG, at Glow Obstetrics & Gynecology in Rockwall, Texas, has extensive experience performing traditional laparoscopy and robotic laparoscopy using the advanced da Vinci® Surgical System. If you need gynecologic surgery and you’d like to learn more about laparoscopy, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Laparoscopy Q & A
What is laparoscopy?
Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that Dr. Conyac performs for two reasons. She uses laparoscopy to closely examine your pelvic organs and diagnose the underlying cause of your symptoms. She also uses it as a surgical procedure to treat gynecologic conditions.
The procedure is minimally invasive because it’s performed using one or several very small incisions. Dr. Conyac places long, narrow tubes through the small incisions and then inserts specialized surgical tools through the tubes.
The primary tool, the laparoscope, is equipped with lighting and a video camera that sends magnified images from inside your body to a monitor. Using this view, Dr. Conyac can easily and accurately detect problems and perform surgery.
What is robotic laparoscopy?
The da Vinci Surgical System is a cutting-edge robotic device that Dr. Conyac often uses to perform laparoscopic surgery. She fully controls the robotic arms using advanced finger sensors. The robotic arms are equipped with technology that makes your surgery extremely precise and less traumatic.
The robotic arms allow a range of motion and fine movement that’s superior to human hands. Additionally, the robotic arms are smaller than human hands, so they easily access tight areas inside your body.
The da Vinci system also has imaging that provides an enhanced view. Using the high-definition, 3D imaging, Dr. Conyac can zoom in on the surgical site to clearly see even the smallest details.
What conditions are diagnosed and treated with laparoscopy?
Some of the gynecologic conditions frequently diagnosed during a laparoscopic procedure include:
- Causes of pelvic pain
- Ovarian cysts
- Pelvic adhesions
- Uterine fibroids
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
Most gynecologic surgeries that once required open surgery are now done using minimally invasive laparoscopy. These include endometrial ablation, pelvic floor reconstruction, hysterectomy, and myomectomy.
Dr. Conyac also performs biopsies during laparoscopic procedures.
What are the benefits of laparoscopy?
Small incisions mean that your body suffers less trauma and stress. With laparoscopy, you’ll experience:
- Less bleeding
- Less postoperative pain
- Fewer complications
- Faster recovery
- Minimal scarring
Some laparoscopic procedures are done on an outpatient basis, but when you’re in the hospital, your stay is shorter with minimally invasive surgery compared to open surgery.
If you have questions about laparoscopy or gynecologic surgery, call Glow Obstetrics & Gynecology or book an appointment online today.