Jefferson University Hospitals

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Frequently Asked Questions

Our Jefferson Health Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery team is here to answer all of your questions, starting with the frequently asked questions below. 

What is minimally invasive surgery?

Minimally invasive procedures use tiny or no incisions and miniature instruments and cameras that can be used to diagnose and treat a range of gynecologic conditions from endometriosis to uterine fibroids. Compared to traditional, open surgery, minimally invasive surgery is associated with less pain, faster discharge, fewer complications and faster recovery. Two main types of minimally invasive surgery are laparoscopic surgery and robotic surgery.

What is laparoscopic surgery?

Laparoscopic surgery is a type of minimally invasive surgery that involves the insertion of an endoscope, a thin, flexible tube with a tiny video camera, through one or more small incisions. A tiny video camera on the endoscope enables surgeons to see inside the patient’s body with the video displaying on a computer monitor. Tiny surgical instruments can be channeled through the tube for the surgeon to use while viewing the inside of the patient’s body with the camera. Laparoscopic surgery, also known as keyhole surgery or Band-Aid® surgery, enables surgeons to operate through a much smaller incision than would be required for traditional, open surgery.

What is robotic surgery?

Robotic surgery is another type of minimally invasive surgery that provides a high-definition, 3-D view of the surgical site displayed on a console that also has controllers that maneuver robotic arms. The high-definition, 3-D image on the console enables surgeons to see the surgical procedure more clearly. The robotic arms replace actual hand movements and improve the precision of the surgical procedure.

What is the difference between laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery?

As opposed to a laparoscopy that allows surgeons to look inside your pelvis at the outside of your fallopian tubes, ovaries and uterus, a hysteroscopy allows surgeons to look inside your uterus. Without requiring any incisions, a hysteroscopy involves inserting a hysteroscope, a thin, lighted instrument with a camera, through the vagina and cervix to examine the uterus. We can perform a hysteroscopy in the office or in the operating room as a short, out-patient procedure.

What are the benefits of minimally invasive surgery?

In many cases, minimally invasive procedures offer significant advantages compared to traditional, open surgery, including less trauma during surgery and fewer complications after. With minimally invasive procedures, you typically enjoy a shorter hospital stay (or none at all), a faster recovery and less scarring. In fact, with many of these procedures, surgeons use Band-Aids® for dressings. Benefits of minimally invasive surgery include:

  • Faster recovery
  • Less pain
  • Smaller incisions, less scarring
  • Early return to normal activities
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Decreased risk of infection
  • Faster return to normal activities

Why should I choose Jefferson Health for my minimally invasive procedure?

Jefferson surgeons have been performing – and pioneering – minimally invasive procedures for over a decade. With our specialty training, extensive experience and advanced technology, the majority of our patients are able to be discharged on the same day of their minimally invasive surgery. At Jefferson Health, we have expert minimally invasive surgeons across specialties so we can expedite surgeries involving multiple organ systems into one, single-day surgery versus multiple surgeries spanning over months.

How have Jefferson operating rooms been updated for minimally invasive procedures?

Jefferson Health has a range of surgical suites that have been outfitted with the tools and technologies needed for minimally invasive procedures. We use the most advanced, state-of-the-art equipment for gynecologic surgery, including the latest da Vinci systems for robotic surgery.

More Questions?

Please speak with your provider or call us at 215-955-5000. You can also view additional Frequently Asked Questions about managing your Jefferson Health OBGYN visit.