Published: Feb. 15, 2010
Updated: Feb. 15, 2010
New technology allows Craig Sobolewski, MD, and colleagues to offer, among other things, a hysterectomy that hardly leaves a mark.
Often referred to as “belly button” surgery, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery (MIGS) uses advanced technology to perform surgery that provides a much shorter and less painful recovery than traditional surgery.
We use slender instruments and a telescope so we can perform the surgery using only tiny incisions. In many instances, this approach lessens the risks associated with the same surgery done through a traditional, "open" incision.
MIGS can be used to perform virtually any surgery for benign gynecologic conditions. Some of the problems that our patients see us for include fibroids, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, pelvic pain, and abnormal menstrual bleeding.
Many of these conditions can be managed with medications. For those that cannot, there is often a laparoscopic or hysteroscopic approach that can help.
With laparoscopy, a hysterectomy can be essentially scarless. Sometimes it’s called a natural-scar hysterectomy because we actually make the tiny incision inside or near the belly button -- a natural scar. Since everyone’s belly button is naturally wrinkled, once it’s healed, it’s barely visible!
Our skilled providers tailor the treatment plan and surgical approach to each individual patient. We can help you decide which approach is best and safest for you and your condition.