Minimally Invasive Surgery Specialist

Life’s Cycle

Gynecologists located in Ardmore, OK & Norman, OK

When hormones or medications fail to resolve certain gynecological issues, such as uterine fibroids or endometriosis, minimally invasive surgery may be your only option. Board-certified gynecologist Pamela Kimbrough, MD, of Life’s Cycle in Ardmore, Oklahoma, has experience in these advanced techniques, so you heal quickly and find relief. Call the office or book an appointment online if you have a condition that might require minimally invasive gynecological surgery.

Minimally Invasive Surgery Q & A

What is minimally invasive surgery?

Gynecological minimally invasive surgeries are used in lieu of traditional open surgery. Minimally invasive surgery doesn’t require a large incision and usually involves laparoscopy, hysteroscopy, or a robotic device.

In most cases, minimally invasive procedures are done on an outpatient basis. Sometimes, they’re even performed right in the office at Life’s Cycle.

What are the benefits of minimally invasive surgery?

Compared to open surgery, minimally invasive surgeries offer notable benefits. These surgeries:

  • Result in less pain
  • Have a faster recovery
  • Carry reduced risk of infection
  • Offer greater accuracy
  • Have less scarring

Whenever possible, Dr. Kimbrough gives you the option of a minimally invasive procedure. Some cases are too complex, however, and require traditional open surgery.

What is laparoscopy?

Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that uses a small surgical camera called a laparoscope. This device is inserted through a small incision in your abdomen so Dr. Kimbrough can see your reproductive organs. She then makes additional small incisions to insert tiny surgical instruments and perform the necessary procedure.

Dr. Kimbrough may recommend laparoscopy for:

  • Hysterectomy
  • Tubal ligation
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Pelvic Pain

You may also need a laparoscopic procedure to assess reasons for infertility or confirm a diagnosis of endometriosis.

What is robotic surgery?

Robotic gynecological surgery is a specialized type of minimally invasive surgery. Robotic assistance provides a valuable tool which enables the surgeon to perform complex procedures without the need to open the abdomen. It also provides a high resolution, up-close look at the patient’s anatomy, which provides a tremendous benefit for patient care.

During robot-assisted surgery, Dr. Kimbrough connects the robotic arms to the instruments used for the procedure, then she sits at a console where she controls the instruments to perform the procedure. Dr. Kimbrough uses robotic surgery to perform hysterectomies and pelvic organ prolapse repair.

Like laparoscopic surgery, robotic surgery usually has an easier recovery, shorter hospital stays, minimal risk of infection, and reduced scarring. The technology provides the doctor with greater precision so each surgery is exacting and effective.

Dr. Kimbrough of Life’s Cycle offers advanced minimally invasive surgical options for women with gynecological health issues. Women in Southern Oklahoma should call the office or book online to learn more.