Gynecologic Health

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about prevention and wellness for women.

What is the difference between minimally invasive, laparoscopic, and robotic surgery?

Common types of minimally invasive gynecologic surgery are laparoscopy, robotic surgery and hysteroscopy, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, the procedures vary in the following ways:

  • Laparoscopy – insertion of a lighted telescope equipped with a camera through a small incision in the belly button
  • Robotic surgery – similar to laparoscopy, only the surgeon operates the robotics while seated at a console
  • Hysteroscopy – done with no incision at all; a lighted telescope is inserted through the vagina and cervix to the inside of the uterus

For more information about the difference between minimally invasive gynecologic surgery and other procedures, talk to your doctor.

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Source: Rashmi Bolinjkar, MD, Upper Valley Womens Center; Jeremy Crouch, MD, Womens Health Specialists and Midwives of Dayton; Heather Hilkowitz, MD, Hilltop Obstetrics and Gynecology; Amanda Fox, CNP, Dulan and Moore Dulan Family Wellness Center; Kathryn Lorenz, MD, Hyatt Family Care; William Rush, MD, Lifestages Samaritan Centers for Women; Jerome Yaklic, MD, Wright State Physicians Obstetrics and Gynecology; Mansi Amin, DO, SureCare Medical Center; Amy Renshaw, MD, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; J. Scott Bembry, Premier OB/GYN; L. William Rettig, III, MD,Lifestages Centers for Women; Elyse Weber, PA, Lifestages Centers for Women; Rhonda Washington, MD, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; Stacy Hudepohl, CNM, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; Larry Holland, DO, Premier Womens Center

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