About This Service
Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery is offered through Women’s Health, a clinical partnership between Ascension Seton and UT Health Austin.
Minimally invasive gynecologic surgery is the use of less invasive techniques, such as robotic, laparoscopic, hysteroscopic, or vaginal surgery, to surgically treat a range of gynecologic conditions. Minimally invasive techniques require only a few small incisions, with some procedures requiring no incisions at all. Some procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis in which patients are able to return home the same day, while others may require a short one- to two-night hospital stay. We use the latest technology to deliver specialized procedures and offer personalized treatment options with a focus on increasing your overall quality of life.
The Minimally Invasive Surgery care team is comprised of nationally recognized and highly specialized physicians. We perform conventional and robotic-assist approaches to ensure patients have the best possible outcomes, involving less pain and shorter recovery times.
We also offer the full scope of Women’s Health services throughout Austin and the surrounding areas. Please visit here to learn more about our services and clinic locations.
Minimally invasive gynecologic surgeons are board-certified and fellowship-trained gynecologists who have completed an additional two years of training to become experts in minimally invasive surgical techniques.
Types of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery include:
- Laparoscopic surgery is a type of surgical procedure that allows a surgeon to access the inside of the abdomen and pelvis without having to make large incision in the skin. Laparoscopic surgery is proven to result in shorter hospital stays, less discomfort, and a shorter recovery period.
- Hysteroscopy is a procedure that allows a surgeon to examine the inside of the cervix and uterus using a thin, lighted tool called a hysteroscope that is inserted in the vagina. Hysteroscopies do not require any incisions and have minimal recovery time.
- Robotic surgery, or robotic-assisted surgery, is a type of surgery during which a surgeon uses a computer to control small surgical tools attached to a robotic arm. Robotic surgery has the same advantages as advanced laparoscopic surgery and allows surgeons to operate with increased precision and accuracy while minimizing trauma to surrounding tissues.
- Vaginal surgery is a type of surgery that is performed through the vagina and is the most minimally invasive approach to major gynecologic surgery. Vaginal surgery has all of the recovery advantages associated with laparoscopic and robotic surgery while also avoiding any abdominal incisions; however, there are visual limitations with this surgical approach.
Patients are cared for by a dedicated multidisciplinary care team, meaning you will benefit from the expertise of multiple specialists across a variety of disciplines. Our board-certified and fellowship-trained gynecologists have extensive experience in performing minimally invasive gynecologic surgery and work alongside a team of women’s health experts, including nurses, advanced practice providers, dietitians, social workers, and more, providing unparalleled care for patients every step of the way.
We collaborate with our colleagues at the Dell Medical School and The University of Texas at Austin to utilize the latest research, diagnostic, and treatment techniques, allowing us to offer a safer and more effective alternative to traditional open surgery by avoiding a large abdominal incision. With minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, patients experience smaller incisions, less pain, less blood loss, shorter hospital stays, faster recovery times, reduced scar tissues, increased surgical accuracy, and less risk of infection or other complications.