Minimally Invasive Surgery
Lakeshore Women's Specialists, PC, serves residents throughout the Mooresville, Huntersville and Davidson areas of North Carolina. Todd J. Adams, MD, MPH, FACOG and James G. Zolzer, MD, FACOG, offer numerous types of minimally invasive surgical procedures.
Dr. Zolzer’s leadership and surgical expertise enabled Lake Norman Regional Medical to achieve the distinction of becoming the first hospital in North Carolina recognized as a Center of Excellence in Gynecologic Surgery by the American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery.
Minimally Invasive Surgery Q & A
What Does Minimally Invasive Mean?
Lakeshore Women’s Specialists practice has received many awards and the doctors have been given the distinction of being experts in their chosen field of practice. Minimally invasive means that there is little damage to the skin and surrounding tissues. Laparoscopic procedures are put in this category because the incisions that are used are small and the amount of tissue that is disrupted during the procedure is minimal. Minimally invasive procedures are less traumatic to the body as a whole and take much less time to heal. The majority of our procedures are minimally invasive in nature. Minimally invasive procedures are often performed on an outpatient basis.
What Types of Surgeries Use Minimally Invasive Techniques?
The Novasure® and Minerva® procedures for endometrial ablation and the Nexaplanon® implant procedure are just a few of the in-office minimally invasive procedures that many practices provide. Minimally invasive surgeries can be performed either vaginally or in a minimally invasive manner. Hysterectomies, fibroid surgeries, procedures to implant a bladder sling and many other procedures can be performed with minimally invasive techniques. With these types of surgeries, the procedures can be performed in less time, there is much less trauma to the body and the patient will heal much faster.
How Long Does a Minimally Invasive Surgical Technique Take to Heal?
Most minimally invasive surgical procedures take anywhere from four to six weeks to fully heal. The more extensive the procedure, the longer the healing time will be. For example, a procedure to perform a hysterectomy or implant a bladder sling, will be much more extensive and effect a much larger area of tissue than a Nexplanon placement which puts a small birth control device in the flesh of the upper arm. Even though a procedure is considered to be minimally invasive, the body has been compromised and must be given ample time to heal. The doctor who performs the procedure will explain the extensiveness of the procedure and advise the patient how long it will take the body to sufficiently heal.