Today, there is a minimally invasive option for almost every gynecologic surgery or condition. Our highly trained specialists and state-of-the-art technology provide the most advanced treatment for women, one patient at a time.
Some conditions for which laparoscopic surgery may be an option include:
- Ovarian, cervical and uterine cancer
- Pelvic pain
- Early or advanced endometriosis
- Excessive bleeding
- Extensive adhesions
- Urinary incontinence
- Vaginal prolapse
- Ovarian cysts
Although breast cancer remains the most common form of cancer affecting women, each year more than 80,000 women will be told they have cancer of the female reproductive system such as cervical, uterine and ovarian cancer.
Holy Cross Hospital specializes in treating cancers that are unique to a woman, including advanced cancers of the reproductive system. Our physicians are regional leaders in performing advanced laparoscopic procedures to treat cancer. They are board-certified in gynecologic oncology, a highly advanced specialty in which physicians are trained to search the abdominal and pelvic areas for malignancies and to remove them.
The expertise of the surgeon performing the surgery is important, for the prognosis for survival from ovarian and other reproductive cancers is directly related to the success of surgical intervention to remove the cancer. And clinical outcomes have shown to be better for patients who receive care from a gynecologic oncologist.
Hysterectomies Made Easier
A hysterectomy (the removal of the uterus) is one of the most commonly performed procedures in the United States.
In the past, hysterectomies have been associated with considerable pain and a lengthy recovery. With the advanced technology available to Holy Cross Hospital surgeons, however, hysterectomies can be performed with minimally invasive techniques and just a few tiny incisions.
The benefits of laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy include decreased recovery time and a dramatic reduction in post-surgery pain.
Uterine fibroids, common benign tumors of the reproductive tract, are associated with abnormal bleeding, infertility, recurrent pregnancy loss, lower abdominal pain, pressure and urinary tract symptoms. They are responsible for nearly 200,000 hysterectomies performed each year in the United States - one-third of the total number of hysterectomies performed every year nationwide.
In many cases, uterine fibroids can be treated with minimally invasive procedures, which avoid the need for a complete hysterectomy and offer hope to thousands of women. Holy Cross Hospital surgeons are skilled in laparoscopy-assisted myomectomy, a minimally invasive surgery that removes fibroids from the uterus using a five-millimeter incision.
Holy Cross Hospital interventional radiologists also offer patients uterine artery embolization, a nonsurgical option that eliminates the blood supply to the fibroid tumors, causing them to deteriorate.
Endometriosis is a common cause of pelvic pain and infertility in women that can be treated with minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery. The procedure removes endometrial tissue, which relieves pelvic pain and may help with fertility. Minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery also can relieve pelvic pain that is caused by scar tissue that results from infections or previous surgeries.