The Key Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery

Minimally invasive surgeries offer numerous advantages over conventional surgeries — from reduced trauma and blood loss to improved healing. Because of these advantages, Dr. Melissa A. Delgado encourages patients at The Chronic Pelvic Pain Center of Northern Virginia to choose minimally invasive options when possible.

With minimally invasive surgery, you can expect the following benefits:

Less bleeding during your surgery

Minimally invasive surgeries use small incisions that usually measure less than a half-inch. Because surgeons make smaller incisions, you don’t bleed as much during the procedure.

Depending on how much blood loss you experience during the surgery, you may not need a blood infusion. Your body also won’t have to devote as much energy to creating more blood.

Smaller scars

Smaller incisions automatically mean smaller scars after your surgery. Given time, some incisions may even heal completely without leaving behind scar tissue.

Less trauma to your body

Surgeons use small tools when they perform minimally invasive surgeries. Dr. Delgado uses the da Vinci®️ Surgical System and da Vinci EndoWrist instruments. This system also uses a 3D HD vision system that gives Dr. Delgado a clear view of the treatment area. EndoWrist instruments bend and rotate according to Dr. Delgado’s hand movements but with smaller, more precise movements, meaning less chance for tissue damage.

Using smaller tools and incisions means that your body doesn’t experience as much trauma during surgery. A conventional surgery can make you feel extremely sore for days or weeks. Many patients who undergo minimally invasive surgeries say that they experience little to no discomfort.

Reduced hospital stay

Doctors typically want their patients to spend some time in the hospital after surgery. This period gives the medical staff time to observe your recovery and make sure you don’t encounter any problems.

With a conventional surgery, you may need to spend several days in the hospital. With minimally invasive surgeries, though, you can expect to leave within a day or two. Instead of recovering in the hospital, you can move to the comfort of your home.

Shorter recovery time

Because your body experiences less trauma during minimally invasive surgeries, you benefit from a shorter recovery time. The smaller incisions also don’t take as long to heal as larger incisions.

The amount of time you spend recovering varies significantly depending on the type of surgery you have. Conventional hysterectomies, for instance, require abdominal incisions that can take six weeks to heal.

With minimally invasive hysterectomies, you may spend a day or less recovering in the hospital and can expect to recover in about two weeks.

Less pain after your surgery

There is always a risk of feeling some pain after any surgery. Dr. Delgado and Wendy Roberts, our certified nurse practitioner, know that even the smallest procedure can cause discomfort. However, when you choose minimally invasive techniques you experience less pain while you recover.

Most of the time, over-the-counter pain medications provide relief. If the pain becomes overwhelming, Dr. Delgado can prescribe medication to control it.

At The Chronic Pelvic Pain Center of Northern Virginia, we perform minimally invasive procedures for:

If you require treatment for one of these conditions, please contact us to learn more about how minimally invasive surgeries can reduce the discomfort that you experience after your procedure and give you a chance to recover more quickly.

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