If your OBGYN believes you are a candidate for a surgical procedure, he or she may have mentioned minimally invasive surgery, or MIS, as an option.

MIS is a surgical procedure that minimizes trauma, scarring, and recovery time in comparison to traditional surgery. If you are uncertain about this process, here's what you need to know before you make a decision.

Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques

Common minimally invasive procedures in OBGYN include laparoscopy, hysteroscopy, and robotic-assisted surgery. In some cases, MIS may be used to remove a growth or tumor in the uterus, ovaries, cervix, fallopian tubes, or other parts of the reproductive tract.

MIS techniques involve the use of small incisions, specialized instruments, and advanced imaging technology to perform surgeries with precision and minimal disruption to surrounding tissues. MIS procedures can be used to treat a variety of conditions, including fibroids and endometriosis.

The Benefits of MIS

Benefits of MIS in OBGYN patients include reduced pain, shorter hospital stays, faster recovery, and improved cosmetic outcomes.

Additionally, since the procedure is less invasive than traditional surgery, patients may experience lower risks of infection and complications. That's because there is less disruption to the body's natural healing system.

The Risks of MIS

No surgical procedure is without risk, and minimally invasive surgery is no exception. While MIS does offer many advantages over traditional surgery, there are some potential risks to consider as well. These include the risk of bleeding, infection, and organ damage. Your OBGYN will minimize these risks with proper preoperative planning and the use of specialized instruments and technologies.

Recovery After Minimally Invasive Surgery

Most people recover from MIS within a few weeks. During this time, it's important to follow your doctor's instructions for postoperative care to reduce the risk of complications.

Your doctor will likely advise you to rest and not lift heavy objects or engage in strenuous activities for several days after the procedure. It's also important to avoid sexual intercourse or tampon use until your doctor clears you for these activities.

Consult With Your OBGYN

When considering any type of surgery, it's important to discuss all available options with your OBGYN. Your doctor can help you understand the benefits and risks associated with MIS, as well as what to expect before, during, and after the procedure. 

Ask your OBGYN about the specific steps involved in the MIS procedure, including anesthesia options, expected recovery timeline, potential complications, and post-operative care instructions. For more information on minimally invasive surgery, contact a professional near you.