Minimally Invasive Surgery Specialist

Many gynecologic procedures that once required open surgery can now be done using minimally-invasive surgery. The physicians at Fairfax OB-GYN Associates, in Fair Oaks, Gainesville, Woodbridge, and Dulles, Virginia, are experts in laparoscopic surgery using the da Vinci® Surgical System. Their patients receive the surgical care they need to stay healthy, while gaining significant advantages from minimally-invasive surgery, such as quicker recovery time and minimal scarring.

Minimally Invasive Surgery Q & A

What is minimally-invasive surgery?

Minimally-invasive surgery, or laparoscopic surgery, uses a specialized medical device to perform surgical procedures through several small incisions. The medical device, a laparoscope, uses long, thin tubes, which are inserted through the incisions.

One of the tubes is equipped with a high-intensity light and a high-definition camera. It allows the doctor to clearly see structures inside the body. Separate tubes serve as probes and operate the surgical instruments.

Laparoscopic surgery is often performed using da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery. The robotic arms translate your surgeon’s hand motions into the precise movements made by the instruments being used for the procedure.

What are the advantages of minimally-invasive surgery?

Minimally-invasive surgery avoids long, open incisions, which means significant advantages to patients, including:

  • Surgery is done in outpatient setting
  • Shorter hospital stays for inpatient surgery
  • Quicker recovery
  • Less pain
  • Faster healing
  • Smaller scars
  • Lower risk of infection

What types of procedures may be performed?

Minimally invasive surgery is often used to make an accurate diagnosis. The view provided by the camera makes it possible to find the cause of pain, infertility, and other problems in reproductive organs.

Some of the procedures performed using minimally invasive surgery include:

  • Tissue biopsy
  • Tubal ligation
  • Hysterectomy
  • Endometrial ablation
  • Uterine fibroid removal
  • Cyst removal
  • Ectopic pregnancy removal
  • Pelvic organ prolapse repair
  • Cancer excision

How does a Certified Registered Nurse First Assistant help you during surgery?

The providers at Fairfax OB-GYN Associates recognize the value of a health care team that includes professionals with different specialties. One important member of the team is a Certified Registered Nurse First Assistant (CRNFA).

CRNFAs are experts in perioperative surgery, which means they’re with you from the time you arrive for minimally-invasive surgery until you go home. The CRNFA is there to offer assistance, meet any needs that arise, and act as a liaison to coordinate with your family and other health professionals.

The CRNFA is fully trained in operative procedures and may assist during surgery. They can explain the procedure and answer all your questions. Your CRNFA takes care of your pre-operative care and acts as your advocate after surgery to make sure you receive what you need.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

Fairfax OB-GYN accepts most major insurance plans. Please call any of our offices to inquire about your particular insurance. We also accept self-pay patients and out of network patients and would be glad to assist you in arranging for payment of services. After services are provided, we will be glad to file claims to your insurance company on your behalf. We will assist you in making sure that your insurance pays us timely and appropriately for services we have provided to you. However, please know that ultimately you are financially responsible for payment of bills incurred. Any patient who schedules an appointment and fails to keep that appointment without providing 24 hour notice of cancellation will be responsible for a $50 no show fee. Any inquiries should be directed to the Billing Department at (703) 391-1500.

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