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Minimally Invasive Procedures

The following minimally invasive procedures are available through IASIS Women’s Services.

Hysterectomy

Every year, more than 600,000 women in the U.S. have a hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus). Hysterectomies are performed for a number of reasons, including uterine fibroids, uterine prolapse, endometriosis, and cancer of the uterus, cervix, or ovaries. Women in the Northern Utah area now have the option of choosing a hysterectomy with the da Vinci® Surgical System. The entire procedure is performed through just a few 8 mm incisions on the abdomen. Many women are able to return to work within one week of the procedure.

Myomectomy (for treating uterine fibroids)

A myomectomy is a surgical procedure done to remove uterine fibroids. Though benign (non-cancerous), uterine fibroids may cause pelvic pain, excessive bleeding, and a frequent urge to urinate. Approximately 65,000 myomectomies are performed in the U.S. per year. Through IASIS Women’s Services, many women are now able to choose a da Vinci® myomectomy. This approach offers a number of potential benefits when compared to open surgery, including significantly less pain (and less need for pain meds), smaller incisions, shorter hospital stay, and quicker recovery.

Endometriosis Resection

If hormonal therapy is not effective in treating your endometriosis, your physician may discuss the option of da Vinci® endometriosis resection. In this procedure, the abnormal endometrium (tissue lining the uterus) and adhesions are removed, while the uterus is preserved. Patient benefits may include less blood loss, shorter hospital stay, smaller incisions, minimal scarring, and opportunity for future pregnancy.

Sacrocolpopexy

You may be surprised to hear that as many as 40 percent of all women in the U.S. have some degree of pelvic prolapse. Organ shift is more likely to occur after menopause as elasticity decreases. Sacrocolpopexy is a procedure used to restore the uterus to its proper place. (This procedure is not the same as transvaginal mesh placement.) Traditional sacrocolpopexy is performed via an abdominal incision that runs from just below the belly button to the pubis. With da Vinci® sacrocolpopexy, a few small incisions are made in the abdominal region instead of the one long incision. There are many potential benefits with da Vinci® sacrocolpopexy, including shorter hospital stay, less blood loss, smaller incisions, minimal scarring, shorter operation, and less time with a catheter.

Cholecystectomy (Gallbladder Surgery) / Single-SiteTM

Cholecystectomy, surgical removal of the gallbladder, is one of the most common general surgeries. The procedure is done to provide relief for patients who suffer from frequent gallstones, gallbladder inflammation, or pancreatitis. With da Vinci® Single-SiteTM cholecystectomy, the entire procedure is performed through a single port in the patient’s belly button. The result is a virtually scarless procedure with minimal pain. This procedure offers an exciting new alternative to traditional laparoscopy and open gallbladder surgery.

For more information call 866-431-WELL (9355).

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