Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

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When you come to us for many gynecologic conditions, we’ll explore all of your options for an effective treatment plan. Sometimes, though, medication and non-invasive procedures are not enough to relieve your symptoms. At these times, surgery may be the most effective treatment. Surgery often is the treatment of choice for, among other conditions, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, pelvic pain, uterine bleeding problems, ovarian cysts, pelvic prolapse and incontinence, cancer (cervical, uterine and ovarian) and even prophylactic surgery in women at high risk for certain gynecologic cancers.

In the past, gynecologic surgery typically involved a large, open abdominal incision—creating more trauma to the surrounding tissue, increased pain, and a long recovery period for women hoping to get back to work and family. Faced with the prospect of a painful recovery and being sidelined for weeks, many women understandably avoided the best surgical treatment for their conditions.

Fortunately, you often have the choice of less invasive options today. Some gynecologic procedures can be performed vaginally and don’t even require an external incision. Most others are laparoscopic and involve tiny, 1-2 cm abdominal incisions used for laparoscopy, which allows the surgeon to use a lighted scope and small instruments to reach the internal anatomy needing surgery.

For some complex hysterectomies and other gynecologic procedures, robot-assisted surgery with the da Vinci® Surgical System may be the most effective, least invasive treatment option. Robotic surgery is laparoscopic surgery with the added technology of the range of motion of the human wrist at the tip of the laparoscopic instrument and 3-dimensional vision.

Laparoscopic surgery offers greater precision and control, minimizing your pain and the risk associated with large incisions. It also increases the likelihood that you’ll recover more quickly, with excellent clinical outcomes. As with any surgery, these outcomes cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is both patient- and procedure-specific. Keep in mind that minimally invasive surgery may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all your treatment options, to compare the risks and benefits of each.

Women First physicians specialize in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery and in advanced, complex laparoscopic surgery. Several of our physicians also perform da Vinci robotic gynecologic surgery, and some of our physicians are highly experienced in urogynecologic procedures. Physicians from all over the United States travel to Louisville, Kentucky, to operate and to learn specialized laparoscopic surgery from our physicians.

At Women First, we perform, on average, 300 hysterectomies a year and about 90% of those are minimally invasive.

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Toni G
I've been seeing Dr. Price for many years and have always had a great experience with her. Dr. Price has always listened to me and addressed all of my questions and concerns. My only complaint is with a former nurse I saw for medical issues who didn't further investigate them and it got progressively worse. Luckily the current nurse practitioner diagnosed me correctly and have received the correct treatment.
Morgan Miller
When I was looking for a gyno, Jeanette and Dr. Booth came highly recommended from family that see them and rightly so! Jeanette has the best bedside manner and takes the time to be thorough and understand the patient. When I had an issue outside of office hours, I was able to submit a question on the Follow My Health app and got a phone call in less than 30 minutes from the care team. They’re the best and I tell everyone about them!
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I’ve been a patient at Women 1st for 16 years and cannot say enough about this practice. Every staff member is caring, friendly, and very good at what they do. The physicians & nurses are some of the best in the state of Kentucky, which is why I currently live in Georgetown and drive to Louisville to continue my care. Highly recommend Dr. Warren or Dr. Price!
Kailee Kaiser
Jeannette Jaggers, APRN is GREAT! I drive a hour and a half just to see her! Makes you feel comfortable and truly cares about YOU! Very happy to have her as my OB/GYN.