Minimally Invasive Surgery

The last decade has seen tremendous advances in the field of minimally invasive and laparoscopic surgery in gynecology and reproductive medicine.  As a result of new instrumentation and technologies available to the advanced gynecologic laparoscopist, hysterectomies and other major surgeries can often be avoided without compromising the quality of treatment effectiveness.

Physicians here at IVFMD have contributed to the advancement of operative gynecology as well as microsurgical laparoscopy and are continuously involved with educating their colleagues around the world in these techniques.  Our teaching video produced by the Ethicon Endosurgical Division of Johnson and Johnson is being used in the United States, Europe, and in Central and South America to help other physicians become familiar with this technique.

One of the many surgical advances pioneered by the physicians at IVFMD utilizes microsurgical techniques for the reversal of a tubal ligation and is done in an outpatient setting via a laparoscope.  A laparoscope is a thin telescope that is inserted into the abdomen through a small incision and is used to look directly into the abdominal cavity.  A laparoscopic procedure is usually performed in an outpatient setting which helps to avoid an overnight stay in the hospital.  The advantages of a laparoscopy, as compared to more invasive types of surgery, include a reduced hospital stay, smaller incisions, and a much shorter recovery period.  The physicians at IVFMD are also able to offer outpatient laparoscopic procedures for myomectomies (removal of uterine fibroid tumors), ovarian cystectomies (excision of cysts), the treatment of endometriosis, ovarian ablations (including treatment of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS), presacral neurectomies (removal of specific nerve tissue to treat chronic pelvic pain), tubal reanastomosis (reversal of tubal sterilization), as well as most other types of tubal and pelvic reconstructive surgeries.

In the area of hysteroscopy, the physicians at IVFMD frequently perform endometrial ablations (destruction of the uterine lining to treat excessive bleeding), uterine fibroid resections (removal of fibroids from inside the uterine cavity), as well as reconstruction of uterine abnormalities such as the removal of a septum, excision of adhesions (scar tissue) and polyps, and tubal recanalization procedures (re-opening fallopian tubes that are blocked where they enter the uterine cavity).

A hysteroscope is a thin, telescope-like instrument that is inserted into the uterus through the vagina and cervix and allows the surgeon to visualize and treat some abnormalities inside the uterus.  If a hysterectomy is considered necessary, the physicians at IVFMD are usually able to perform this procedure laparoscopically, thereby limiting hospitalization to a short, 48-hour stay.

South Florida Institute for Reproductive Medicine is affiliated with the premier hospitals in the South Florida medical community including Baptist Health Systems, Memorial Health Systems and Doctors Hospital Health South.  We are able to offer comprehensive package arrangements to our patients who are not covered by health care insurance and to our patients coming to IVFMD for medical care from out of town.

Click here to view videos featuring some of the surgical procedures available at IVFMD.com