Experienced Leadership in Less Invasive Surgery
In the 35 years since we were founded, our practice has seen gynecological care evolve and change in major ways. Today, many once-new techniques have been accepted as the norm. Over the years, Bay Area Physicians for Women has been recognized as a regional leader in the use of new, improved methods for gynecological surgery.
The fact is that, today, our knowledge and experience in minimally invasive surgical techniques are second to none. We fully understand the technology. We’ve learned the fine points of everything from laparoscopy to robotic surgery. We are proud that our team includes doctors who train others and act as proctors in some of these advanced methods.
Surgery without large incisions
At Bay Area Physicians for Women, our doctors are experienced experts in minimally invasive surgery. With this advanced yet proven approach, surgeons make much smaller incisions than are needed for traditional surgery. Less invasive surgery means returning to routine activities in a shorter period of time and having much less discomfort and pain after surgery.
Using special tools that allow them to see within small spaces inside the body, our surgeons perform procedures ranging from the very basic to the extremely complex. The special tools we use include laparoscopes and hysteroscopes. Our practice also uses precision-controlled operating room robots to perform some surgical procedures.
In fact, our practice is one of the few in the region performing single-site robotic surgery, which means that our patients can have surgery that only needs one tiny incision.
Performing many advanced procedures
Here is more information about the kinds of minimally invasive surgery we perform:
Hysteroscopy can be used to diagnose gynecological conditions including fibroids and abnormal bleeding, among others. It uses a thin telescope that is attached to a video camera and lights. The telescope is inserted into the uterus for diagnosis and, in some cases, tools are attached that can remove fibroids and tumors or take tissue samples.
A thin, fiber-optic tube equipped with a tiny camera is called a laparoscope. The device is inserted into a small incision and guided to the problem area. The surgeon then inserts very small surgical instruments through other small incisions and performs the procedure.
During robot-assisted surgery, the surgeon’s hands control the instruments but the robot has “arms” that can move in whichever direction is needed. The surgeon performs the procedure from a console. One advantage of robotic surgery is that the device produces an enhanced, three-dimensional image, while laparoscopic surgery only shows a two-dimensional image.