If you have uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, or endometriosis, surgery is sometimes a necessity if you want to feel better. You may require surgical treatment when more conservative approaches, such as medication, don’t work.
Sometimes, doctors must perform gynecological treatment via open or traditional surgery — meaning it’s done through a significant-sized cut in your belly. Although medical conditions sometimes make open surgery necessary, having open surgery is quite invasive. It requires a long recuperation time and can lead to serious side effects, such as infection.
Fortunately, advances in minimally invasive surgery, which does not necessitate a large abdominal incision, have made it easier than ever before for doctors to treat gynecological conditions that previously called for open surgery.
Dr. Daniel Kushner uses minimally invasive surgical techniques to treat women with fibroids, ovarian cysts, or endometriosis. If you live around White Plains, New York, or New York City and need gynecological surgery, he can determine whether minimally invasive surgery is right for you.
What is minimally invasive surgery?
With minimally invasive gynecological surgery, Dr. Kushner accesses your reproductive organs, such as your uterus or ovaries, through your vagina or through tiny incisions in your abdomen.
Compared with open surgery, minimally invasive surgery may provide the following benefits:
- Faster recuperation time
- Less pain
- Less need for pain medication after surgery
- Less time away from work, school, your family, or other responsibilities
- Less blood loss
- Less time in the hospital
- Lower risk of infection
- Less likelihood of injury to surrounding tissue
Types of minimally invasive surgery
Depending on your diagnosis, Dr. Kushner uses different types of minimally invasive surgical techniques, including the following:
With laparoscopic surgery, Dr. Kushner makes one or more small incisions in your abdomen and inserts a tiny camera and miniature surgical instruments into your body. Using these instruments, he can remove fibroids, ovarian cysts, or the scarring that occurs with endometriosis.
With some procedures, Dr. Kushner uses a robotic device during laparoscopic surgery that allows for more precise movements. Although Dr. Kushner is in control of the surgery at all times, robotic assistance gives him enhanced surgical abilities.
Dr. Kushner sometimes uses a minimally invasive technique known as hysteroscopy for women who have endometrial adhesions, which is scarring caused by endometriosis.
Endometriosis is a condition in which tissue from the inside of your uterus grows in places where it shouldn’t, such as the outside of your uterus, your ovaries, your fallopian tubes, or elsewhere in your pelvic cavity.
With hysteroscopy, Dr. Kushner inserts a lighted scope into your vagina and gently maneuvers it up to your uterus. Using specially designed surgical tools, he can then remove harmful adhesions.
Dr. Kushner uses this minimally invasive technique to remove the lining of your uterus. It can help reduce the heavy bleeding and pain associated with conditions, such as uterine fibroids, in women who no longer wish to have children.
Uterine artery embolization
In this treatment for uterine fibroids, Dr. Kushner uses a thin tube inserted through your vagina to inject uterine fibroids with a medication that blocks their blood flow and causes them to shrink.
Find out more about minimally invasive gynecological surgery
If you’re experiencing pain or other symptoms as a result of endometriosis, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, or other causes, minimally invasive surgery might be the answer for you. Call our office for an appointment or use our online scheduling tool.