Penn Ob/Gyn Care

Advanced Gynecologic Surgical Options

Minimally invasive surgery consists of robotic or laparoscopic surgical techniques and can be used to remove or repair a part of the body by inserting a laparoscope (ie., a telescope) and surgical instruments through a series of small incisions.

Laparoscopic Surgery

This technique is performed by using small incisions with specialized instruments. A pencil-thin camera similar to a telescope, called a laparoscope, is used to provide access and visibility inside of the abdominal and pelvic cavities.

Robotic Gynecologic Surgery:

Robotic surgery is performed by using specialized surgical instruments inserted through small abdominal incisions. The instruments are manipulated via computer by a surgeon sitting at a console a few feet away from the patient. The 3-D imaging of the robotic system allows for excellent visualization of the internal organs.

In skilled hands, the robot enhances the surgeon's ability to perform complex procedures, minimizing surgical complications, shortening recovery time and as such provides beneficial outcomes for the patient.

Benefits of Robotic Surgery:

  • Smaller incisions/less scarring
  • Significantly less pain
  • Less blood loss
  • Shorter recovery time
  • Faster return to normal daily activities

Both laparoscopic and robotic-assisted surgery can treat a variety of gynecologic conditions including:

  • Bladder and pelvic floor disorders
  • Cancer
  • Endometriosis
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Infertility
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Uterine fibroids

Our Center also partners with Penn Radiology to offer non-surgical treatment options including uterine artery embolization for the treatment of fibroids.