Procedures and Benefits

Minimally Invasive Surgery

What is minimally invasive surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery uses specialized tools that allow the surgeon to complete procedures through small holes, or port sites. Cameras and specialized instruments are inserted through these incisions and manipulated by the surgeon to perform the surgery. 

Prior to the advent of minimally invasive surgery, the majority of gynecological procedures were performed using a large abdominal incision, or laparotomy. This type of surgery required a hospital stay and up to six weeks recovery time. Minimally invasive surgery has many benefits, including smaller incisions and shorter recovery time.

Minimally invasive surgery in gynecology includes laparoscopy (surgery through small holes) and hysteroscopy (surgery through the uterus). Our surgeons also use the da Vinci® Surgical System to complement and expand their expertise. The University of Kansas Health System is one of the first institutions in the state of Kansas to have surgeons trained to perform gynecological procedures using this state-of-the-art robotic system.


Minimally invasive surgery has many benefits, including:
  • Shorter hospital stays and faster recovery time
  • Smaller incisions
  • Less post-operative pain and need for pain medicine
  • Less blood loss
  • Less tissue manipulation and less scarring
  • Lower risk for wound infection
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