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