Minimally Invasive Surgery Specialist

ThriveOB and Women's Wellness

A Private Medical Practice & Anti-Aging & Hormone Specialists located in Barrington, IL

When conservative treatments don’t resolve your health problems, you might need minimally invasive surgery to restore your health. At ThriveOB and Women’s Wellness in Barrington, Illinois, board-certified OB/GYN Jennifer Moreira, MD, FACOG, and her team offer various minimally invasive procedures, including laparoscopy and hysteroscopy. Call the practice today to schedule a consultation.

Minimally Invasive Surgery Q & A

What is minimally invasive surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery uses advanced surgical technology and techniques to reduce the incision size and physical trauma. The team at ThriveOB and Women’s Wellness performs a variety of minimally invasive surgeries, including:

Hysteroscopy

A hysteroscope is a thin device that your provider can insert through your cervix and into your uterus. It allows your provider to examine the inside of your womb and perform some surgical procedures such as D&C, polypectomy (removal of polyps), and myomectomy (removal of fibroids).

Endometrial ablation

Endometrial ablation is a procedure that destroys the lining of your uterus with various methods including radiofrequency, heat, and water. It’s an extremely effective outpatient treatment for heavy menstrual bleeding when child bearing is complete.

Laparoscopy

Laparoscopy is sometimes called keyhole surgery. Your surgeon only needs to make a few small incisions in your body. They use special surgical instruments, including a laparoscope, which sends live video from inside your body to a monitor in the treatment room, to complete the procedure. 

Why would I need minimally invasive surgery?

The team at ThriveOB and Women’s Wellness offers minimally invasive procedures to treat various health conditions, including:

  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • Pelvic pain
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Cervical cancer
  • Uterine cancer
  • Endometriosis 

The team usually applies conservative treatments such as medication, physical therapy  or non-invasive procedures. However, if these non-invasive treatments don’t resolve your condition appropriately, your provider might recommend a minimally invasive procedure. 

How should I prepare for minimally invasive surgery?

Your provider gives you personalized instructions during your presurgical consultation. In general, you need to avoid eating or drinking for eight hours before having surgery. Make sure your provider knows about all medicines, vitamins, and supplements you take daily.

What should I expect after minimally invasive surgery?

In most cases, minimally invasive surgeries are outpatient procedures. After your anesthesia wears off, your provider releases you to recover at home. A friend or family member should give you a lift.

Your provider gives you personalized aftercare instructions. They might prescribe medication to relieve any discomfort. In most cases, you can get up and walk around soon after your surgery but might need to avoid strenuous activities for a couple of weeks. 

If you’re looking for expert gynecological, minimally invasive surgery, call ThriveOB and Women’s Wellness today.