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Minimally Invasive Surgery Specialist

Ricarda Benz, MD

Gynecologist & Laser Aesthetic Specialist located in Fullerton, CA

Many of the most common surgical procedures for women can now be done in a minimally-invasive way. This means less downtime and easier recovery. Dr. Ricarda Benz at Ricarda Benz, MD in Fullerton, California, is a highly trained and experienced gynecologist and laser aesthetic specialist who performs minimally-invasive procedures, including robotic-assisted laparoscopy using the da Vinci® Surgical System. She specializes in operative laparoscopy, hysteroscopy, and endometrial ablation. Call our office or schedule your appointment online today.

Minimally Invasive Surgery Q & A

What is minimally-invasive surgery?

Minimally-invasive surgery is the most advanced type of surgery available in the gynecological world today. This type of surgery uses the least invasive techniques and is generally performed with state-of-the-art surgical equipment. Dr. Benz is highly trained in minimally-invasive surgery and has been recognized for her excellence in this area.

How does minimally-invasive surgery work?

Minimally-invasive gynecologic surgery refers to surgical techniques performed with a digital camera connected to a telescope that is inserted either into your abdomen (laparoscopy) or through your cervix into the uterine cavity (hysteroscopy).

Robotic surgery, using the da Vinci robotic system, is a form of minimally-invasive surgery. While you're under anesthesia and pain-free, Dr. Benz creates very small incisions -- less than dime-sized -- in the abdomen. These incisions are the access point for surgical tools, which are held by the robotic arms of the da Vinci robotic surgery system. Dr. Benz is seated at a nearby high-definition console, where she controls all the movements of the robotic arms.

The interior of the abdomen, including the reproductive organs, can be clearly seen on a high-definition monitor. This allows Dr. Benz to achieve the highest levels of precision during surgery. Once the operation is complete, a couple of small stitches are placed to close the incisions. After a short rest period, patients can generally return home to recover.

Minimally-invasive procedures have a number of advantages over traditional procedures, including:

  • Lower risk of infection
  • Minimal scarring
  • Decreased blood loss and fewer blood transfusions
  • Reduced pain after the procedure
  • A shorter hospital stay or none at all
  • Quicker return to normal daily activities and work
  • Improved quality of life

Dr. Ricarda Benz is dedicated to offering less invasive alternatives to traditional gynecologic procedures in both the operating room and office setting.

What are examples of minimally-invasive procedures?

  • Endometrial ablation
  • Hysteroscopic sterilization (EssureĀ®)
  • Hysteroscopy
  • Laparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy
  • Laparoscopic hysterectomy
  • Robotic-assisted laparoscopic hysterectomy
  • Surgery for incontinence
  • Vaginal hysterectomy
  • Uterine fibroid removal (myomectomy)

How is minimally-invasive surgery better?

Minimally-invasive surgery is better than open surgery in many ways. These include:

  • Easier healing due to smaller incision size: Since incisions are a fraction of the size of open surgery incisions, they heal much more quickly and easily.
  • Faster recovery overall: Recovery can take just a few days to a week or so.
  • Less time in the hospital: Many patients go home the same day of the minimally-invasive procedure.
  • Less bleeding
  • Less pain

Minimally-invasive surgery is superior to open surgery in nearly every way, and it can be used in the majority of gynecological surgeries today. However, there may be situations when open surgery is necessary. Discuss your surgical options with Dr. Benz to make sure that minimally-invasive surgery is an option for your procedure.

*Individual results may vary.