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Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Treatments

Expert, Compassionate Treatment for Fibroids, Menorrhagia, Endometriosis, Ovarian Cysts and More
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Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Treatments at Inova

Gone are the days when a woman must have a total hysterectomy to treat a gynecologic problem. Today, Inova hospitals have many less-invasive treatment options for conditions ranging from fibroids and heavy bleeding to some gynecologic cancers. Even if your condition is best treated by a hysterectomy, newer techniques and sophisticated equipment mean less discomfort and a quicker recovery. Inova offers advanced minimally invasive treatments for many gynecologic conditions and problems including:

Conditions Treatable with Minimally Invasive Gynecology Procedures

Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a common, troublesome condition among women of child-bearing age that can cause bleeding, pain and discomfort and even lead to infertility. 

Women with endometriosis develop tissue outside of the uterus that looks and acts like the endometrial lining. This misplaced tissue responds to the hormonal changes of a woman's monthly menstrual cycle, resulting in internal bleeding.

Treatment for Endometriosis

Endometriosis can be treated with minimally invasive techniques such as as laparoscopy. Your surgeon will make a small incision in your abdomen and inflate the abdomen with a harmless gas. Using the laparoscope, the surgeon can view the affected area and remove the endometriosis.

Heavy Bleeding / Menorrhagia

Menorrhagia, or heavy bleeding, was once a condition treated by hysterectomy. Today Inova Health System hospitals offer advanced treatment options that are far less invasive. The use of a hysteroscope and endometrial ablation are two possibilities.

If polyps are the cause of bleeding, a hysteroscope, or tiny tube with a light, can be inserted into the uterine cavity to view and allow for their removal. 

Endometrial ablation is another very effective, minimally invasive approach to treat heavy bleeding. A small device is inserted into your uterus and expanded to touch all the uterine surfaces. Ultrasonic energy is applied to permanently destroy the endometrium, or lining, of the uterus. After endometrial ablation, most women resume a normal menstrual flow. Some women, however, have little or no menstrual flow after the procedure.

Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids are noncancerous growths within the uterus that often appear during childbearing years and affect as many as three out of four women. In the past, women generally required a hysterectomy to remove fibroids. Today Inova hospitals offer additional and better treatment options.

Read more about uterine fibroid treatment options

Minimally Invasive Procedures

Inova's team of world-class physicians performs more minimally invasive and laparoscopic gynecologic procedures than any other healthcare provider in the Washington, DC, region. No matter which Inova hospital a woman chooses for care, she has access to a full range of services and access to some of the best technology available, including: 

  • Laparoscopic surgery (laparoscopy): Allows a surgeon to remove tissue through a very small incision. Smaller incisions result in less blood loss, lower risk of transfusion, a shorter hospital stay, less need for pain medication, and a quicker recovery.
  • da Vinci® robotic assisted surgery: The surgical tools inserted into the patient via laparoscopy are connected to robotic arms that are fully controlled by the surgeon, resulting in unsurpassed precision.

Learn more about robotic assisted surgery vs. “traditional open surgery” and the da Vinci® surgical system used at Inova.

Advantages of Minimally Invasive Procedures

Inova's surgeons use the latest technology for all minimally invasive procedures. The surgeon makes small, pencil-sized holes in the body to insert tiny surgical tools and video cameras. The video camera provides a magnified view of the surgical site. You'll experience:

  • Less blood loss
  • Less impact on the body
  • Less post-operative pain and discomfort
  • Shorter or no hospital stay
  • Quicker recovery time
  • Earlier return to normal activity
  • Very small incisions and scars

VIDEOS: Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

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Meet Dr. Jennifer Young, Urologist, with Inova Loudoun Hospital
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Dr. Jennifer Young Gives an Overview of daVinci Surgical Robot
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Leslie's Story: Uterine Prolapse
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Nikki's Story - Uterine Fibroid Treatment
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How Inova Helped Renee Beat Ovarian Cancer
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On the Day of Your Surgery
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After Your Surgery