Advanced laparoscopy differs from regular diagnostic laparoscopy in that the surgeon has the skill to continue the procedure through the smaller incisions avoiding a large abdominal incision. Patients experience a faster recovery, shorter hospital stay, and less postoperative pain with laparoscopic surgery when compared to conventional open surgery.
A surgeon trained in advanced laparoscopy has the surgical skills to perform operations that are traditionally done through a large incision. Some of these surgeries may include:
- Hysterectomy (removal of the uterus and cervix)
- Removal of large ovarian cysts
- Treatment of stage 3 and 4 endometriosis
- Removal of large fibroids
- Cutting of adhesions that are a source of pain
- Treatment of Genuine Stress Urinary Incontinence
- Pelvic floor reconstruction
- Vaginal vault prolapse
- Uterine prolapse
After laparoscopic surgery, patients will often go home the same day or the next. If these surgeries are performed through a large incision, patients often have to stay two or three nights in the hospital. In addition, the recovery time after large abdominal incisions is approximately six weeks compared to 1-2 weeks (depending on the procedure) for laparoscopic surgery. Laparoscopic surgery has the added benefits of less adhesion (scar-tissue) formation and smaller (less than one inch) incisions.