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Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery for Pelvic Pain

Simply stated, pelvic pain isn’t something you have to tolerate. At Capital Women’s Care, our expert gynecologists in Silver Spring and Laurel, Maryland, offer very real solutions to pelvic pain and accompanying symptoms such as irregular uterine bleeding and painful intercourse.

Minimally invasive surgery is one of these possible solutions. This innovative surgical technique can help diagnose and treat pelvic pain so you live a higher quality of life. 

Surgery sounds scary, but understanding minimally invasive methods can ease your fears. Minimally invasive methods are superior to conventional open surgery.

Here are the benefits of opting for minimally invasive surgery when you have pelvic pain.

Resolution of pelvic pain

When the doctors at Capital Women’s Care recommend minimally invasive surgery, it’s usually because more conservative treatments have failed to resolve your pelvic pain. 

If you have a large uterine fibroid, pelvic organ prolapse, or ovarian cysts, surgery may be your only option to get rid of your disruptive pain once and for all.

In some cases, the doctors may also use minimally invasive surgery to confirm a diagnosis — such as for endometriosis. During the procedure, the extra uterine tissue can also be removed,  helping to resolve irregular bleeding and pelvic pain.

Shorter hospital stay

Our team performs minimally invasive procedures on an out-patient basis. This means you go home the same day and don’t have to spend the night in the hospital. 

Even if your situation requires a hospital stay, it’s usually shorter after minimally invasive surgical procedures than you’d experience with conventional open surgery.

Faster recovery

Minimally invasive surgery requires just tiny incisions, which means less blood loss and faster recovery. You’re usually back to your normal activities within 2-4 weeks, compared with the eight weeks or longer required after conventional surgery. This means less time off work and activities you enjoy. 

The doctors at Capital Women’s Care give you a complete post-operative recovery plan based on your specific situation. Every surgery is slightly different.

Less scarring

The small incisions used for minimally invasive procedures means you have less scars left as reminders of your procedure. Smaller scars are easier to hide in folds of your skin and your hairlines, too.

Many procedures are performed as virtually “scarless,” meaning you have no visible abdominal incisions whatsoever. If an abdominal incision is unavoidable, the doctors make it no bigger than 1 centimeter.

Fewer risks of complications

Complications of conventional surgery include infections and potential dependence on pain medications. With minimally invasive surgeries, smaller incisions and limited damage to healthy tissue reduce your risk of infection.

Plus, you usually have less pain afterward, making it more likely that over-the-counter pain medications are enough to get you through healing. You don’t have to worry about prescription medications and their effects on your body.

Minimally invasive surgery is a great advancement in the treatment of pelvic pain, whether it involves the removal of endometrial tissue, repair of pelvic organs, removal of a uterine fibroid, or a full hysterectomy.

If you have a woman’s pelvic condition that qualifies for minimally invasive surgery, call Capital Women’s Care in Silver Spring and Laurel, Maryland, for a thorough evaluation. 

While not everyone is a candidate for this surgical approach, we work to find the best way to resolve your pain. You may also use our website to set an appointment. 

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