Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery
Minimally invasive gynecologic surgery refers to surgical techniques performed with a digital camera connected to a telescope that is inserted either into your abdomen (laparoscopy) or through your cervix into the uterine cavity (hysteroscopy). A surgeon uses the lighted camera, as well as a variety of small instruments, to complete the procedure. The camera provides the surgeon with a clear view of the procedure, which is projected on high definition digital video monitors located throughout the operating room. Robotic surgery (using the da Vinci® robot) is a form of minimally invasive surgery. Minimally invasive procedures have a number of advantages over traditional procedures, including:
- Minimal scarring
- Lower risk of infection
- Decreased blood loss and fewer blood transfusions
- Reduced pain post-procedure
- A shorter or fully eliminated hospital stay
- Quicker return to normal daily activities and work
- Improved quality of life
Throughout Northwestern Medicine, our Women’s Health specialists* are dedicated to offering less invasive alternatives to traditional gynecologic procedures in both the operating room and office setting. By integrating research, education and clinical expertise, we give you the ability to receive treatment for a wide range of benign gynecological conditions in an environment that addresses your unique needs and concerns.
The Northwestern Medicine Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Program is staffed with Northwestern Medicine Group physicians. The program is located in the Galter Pavilion of Northwestern Memorial Hospital in the Streeterville section of downtown Chicago. This location includes the outpatient office, where you will have your initial evaluation and subsequent outpatient visits.