Today, many gynecology procedures can be performed using minimally-invasive techniques for faster recovery. As one of the few board certified urogynecologist in Chicago, IL, Denise Furlong, MD of Chicago Center for Women's Health has extensive experience in performing an array of state-of-the-art, minimally-invasive surgeries.
Minimally-invasive surgical procedures use small incisions and special instruments equipped with cameras to enable the doctor to see inside the body without needing to make a large opening. Minimally-invasive approaches are used in many areas of medicine, including gynecology. Studies have shown minimally-invasive approaches cause less tissue damage and result in less bleeding, as well as a faster and more comfortable recovery. Not all procedures can be performed using minimally-invasive approaches, and the decision of which type of approach to use will be made after a full evaluation.
Laparoscopy is a type of minimally-invasive procedure that uses a special scope called a laparoscope, which is designed to be used through small incisions. Laparoscopes are equipped with cameras that project images to a computer monitor. Additional small incisions will be made to enable the insertion of instruments.
The robot-assisted surgery uses computer technology to perform some aspects of surgery that require an especially high degree of precision. The robot does not perform the surgery; instead, the doctor uses the computer to perform specific steps for greater accuracy and superior results.
Yes, hysterectomy can be performed using small incisions through the skin or via the vagina without any incisions through the abdomen. Some hysterectomies must be performed traditionally through an abdominal incision.
The Center offers many types of minimally-invasive procedures, including:
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"After 6 weeks of following [Dr. Furlong's] advice, I feel better than I have felt in a very long time. She & her staff gave me my life back."
"[Dr. Furlong] makes sure your recovery is pain free & is available for her patients 24 hours. If I had to go through my surgery again I would not hesitate to go to her."
"[Dr. Furlong] performed the surgery with no complications, follow up appointments were on time, and she explained what I needed to do to heal properly."