Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery

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Our physicians take pride in offering patients up-to-date and advanced treatment options for gynecological conditions. For a quicker recovery time and return to daily activities, we offer a wide range of minimally invasive procedures. These include hysterectomy (removal of the uterus), oophorectomy (removal of ovary), ovarian cystectomy (removal of cyst or part of an ovary), myomectomy (removal of fibroids), pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence and endometrial ablation.

Our physicians include fellowship-trained experts who have dedicated practices focused on innovative options for patient care. Our team recognizes that surgery is a big step for our patients and that is why we provide individualized management plans (including non-surgical when appropriate) focused on patient education and shared decision-making. We routinely serve as a referral source for medical care providers for difficult cases including severe endometriosis and fibroid management.

We practice evidence-based medicine and are up-to-date on all the latest technology and medical studies. An emerging trend in surgery is the evidence that high volume surgeons and hospitals have better surgical outcomes. Each of our physicians participates in at least 100-200 major surgeries each year.

We also have the only fellowship-trained gynecologic and urologic surgeons in the state of Kansas who use the da Vinci® Surgical System. The da Vinci® extends our surgeons' capabilities to perform minimally invasive surgical procedures with greater precision. Minimally invasive techniques mean shorter stays in the hospital and faster recovery times.

Currently, we are using the da Vinci® for these procedures:

  • Bilateral salpingo oophorectomy (removal of ovaries and fallopian tubes)
  • Endometrial ablation
  • Hysterectomy (removal of uterus)
  • Hysterectomy for bening conditions
  • Hysterectomy for endometrial or cervical cancer
  • Lymph node dissection
  • Myomectomy (removal of uterine fibroids)
  • Oophorectomy (removal of ovary)
  • Ovarian cystectomy (surgical procedure to remove an ovarian cyst)
  • Sacral colpopexy
  • Sterilization
  • Treatment of endometriosis
  • Treatment of pelvic organ prolapse
  • Treatment of urinary incontinence

We welcome new patients, returning patients and those seeking second opinions. The team’s goal is to improve the experience and outcomes of all women in the Kansas City region requiring surgical intervention for benign gynecologic conditions.

Procedures and benefits

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 6 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.

Benefits

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

Conditions treated

The minimally invasive and robotic surgery team offer patients a wide range of minimally invasive procedures to treat the following conditions:

Endometriosis and pelvic pain

  • Endometriosis
  • Pelvic adhesions
  • Pelvic pain
  • Endometrial polyps

Fibroids and abnormal bleeding

  • Fibroids (uterine)
  • Abnormal and heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Postmenopausal bleeding

Gynecologic cancers

  • Ovarian cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Uterine cancer
  • Endometrial cancer

Infertility

  • Congenital deformities of the uterus
  • Uterine scarring

We offer many minimally-invasive procedures for the treatment of infertility, including microsurgical tubal reversal and robotic myomectomy.

Urinary incontinence

  • Urinary incontinence
  • Pelvic organ prolapse

Types of procedures

Our team offers patients a wide range of minimally invasive procedures including:

  • Hysterectomy (removal of the uterus)
  • Oophorectomy (removal of ovary)
  • Ovarian cystectomy (removal of cyst or part of an ovary)
  • Myomectomy (removal of fibroids)
  • Treatment of endometriosis
  • Treatment of pelvic organ prolapse
  • Treatment of urinary incontinence
  • Sterilization
  • Endometrial ablation

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