Sometimes, patients change their doctor’s life more than we change their life.
Early in my career as a minimally invasive gynecologic surgeon, I treated a patient who changed my life professionally and personally. She was a 35 year old nun who was studying at the nearby university. She was a midwife in Africa where she lived but came on a scholarship to the United States to become a doctor herself. Unfortunately, her studies were suffering due to heavy menstrual bleeding and pain from multiple fibroids. ( READ MORE )
Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) describes a group of surgical techniques that allow a surgeon to enter the abdomen through small incisions or through natural orifices. Surgery is then performed by threading small instruments through the incisions while the surgeon views the inside of the body on a video screen. In many cases, MIS replaces the need for the larger incisions that are typical of abdominal surgery, leading to less pain and a quicker recovery time for the patient.
For over 40 years, the surgeons in the AAGL have worked to advance the minimally invasive surgical procedures and technologies that now benefit millions of women. Still, over 40% of gynecologic surgeries are performed using a non-minimally invasive approach, which leads to a much longer recovery time for the patient. While there are circumstances under which an “open” surgery is the best route of surgery available, there are still hundreds of thousands of women each year who would benefit from having a minimally invasive surgery instead. ( READ MORE )
MISforWomen.com is a service of the AAGL, a non-profit association of minimally invasive gynecologic surgeons from all over the world. For over 40 years, the surgeons in the AAGL have worked to advance the minimally invasive surgical procedures and technologies that now allow millions of women each year to experience less pain and return to their daily routines more quickly following surgery.