Women's Wellness & Healthcare Clinic
Ricardo Castillon, MD
OB/GYN located in Laredo, TX
It’s only natural to feel nervous when you hear that you need surgery. Fortunately, Ricardo Castillon, MD, and the team at Women’s Wellness & Healthcare Clinic offer minimally invasive procedures at their office in Laredo, Texas. Minimally invasive surgery requires fewer incisions than traditional open surgery, resulting in less pain, bleeding, and shorter recovery times. To find out if minimally invasive surgery is right for you, call Women’s Wellness & Healthcare Clinic or book an appointment online today.
Minimally Invasive Surgery Q&A
What is minimally invasive surgery?
Minimally invasive surgery refers to procedures that involve several small incisions rather than one large cut. In gynecology, these surgeries are performed through laparoscopic techniques. To perform laparoscopic surgery, the team at Women’s Wellness & Healthcare Clinic makes a few small incisions in your pelvic area before inserting a small camera and surgical instruments.
This tiny camera allows the team to see inside your body and perform the procedure without fully opening your abdomen.
What are the benefits of minimally invasive surgery?
Minimally invasive surgery offers many advantages over traditional open surgery, including:
- Faster healing
- Shorter recovery time
- Less pain
- Minimal bleeding
- Reduced risk of infection
- Smaller incisions
- Less scarring
While no surgery is without risk, laparoscopic procedures provide a safe, effective alternative to open surgery.
Which types of minimally invasive surgery are available?
At Women’s Wellness & Healthcare Clinic, the team performs laparoscopic hysterectomies. A hysterectomy is a procedure to remove a woman’s uterus. Once you have a hysterectomy, your menstruation ceases and you can no longer bear children. Depending on your case, the team may also remove your ovaries and fallopian tubes.
After a full exam that includes imaging tests and blood work, the team can determine if you’re a good candidate for a minimally invasive hysterectomy.
When you come in for your procedure, the team administers anesthesia before making small incisions in your lower abdomen. Next, they insert a small camera, called a laparoscope, through the incisions. This camera enables the team to perform the surgery through the view of a video screen for extra precision.
Using special surgical instruments, the team carefully removes your uterus and sutures your incisions.
You can return home shortly after your procedure. It’s important to rest and limit your movement in the early stages of recovery. Because laparoscopic surgery is minimally invasive, you may start to recover in as little as six days to two weeks.
Why would I need minimally invasive surgery?
The team at Women’s Wellness & Healthcare Clinic may recommend a minimally invasive hysterectomy to treat:
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Adenomyosis (thickening of the uterus)
- Uterine fibroids
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Uterine prolapse
If you’re considering a hysterectomy, call Women’s Wellness & Healthcare Clinic or book an appointment online to find out if minimally invasive surgery is right for you.