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Douglas Brown, MD, of the Massachusetts General Hospital Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (MIGS) Center, answers frequently asked questions about our unique approach to gynecologic surgery.
What is minimally invasive surgery?
Minimally invasive surgery limits the size of incisions made for surgery, which sets it apart from traditional “open surgery”. There are three main types of minimally invasive surgery:
Do your surgeons perform robotic surgery?
Yes. This type of surgery has been performed at Mass General since 2008. Your physician will determine based on your specific needs whether a robotic-assisted approach may be useful in your care.
What are the advantages of minimally invasive surgery?
There are many benefits to choosing minimally invasive surgery over traditional surgery. Because it requires only tiny incisions, minimally invasive surgery results in less trauma to the body and faster recovery compared to a large open incision. In fact, the method of choice for surgeons and patients has shifted from traditional “open surgery” to less invasive means.
This is good news for patients and surgeons as it often means that patients who choose minimally invasive surgery recover faster and frequently experience:
How many incisions will there be from my surgery?
The exact number of incisions will depend on the specifics of your surgery. Generally, there are anywhere from three to five small incisions (usually around 5mm across).
What will my recovery be like?
While the time and experience of recovery is different for every patient, in general recovery from minimally invasive surgery is much smoother than open surgery.
Most patients find that they have minimal pain. You likely won’t be able to exercise for a few weeks, but many patients are able to resume their normal activities around two weeks post-surgery.
Will I have to stay in the hospital after my surgery?
Recovery varies from patient to patient, but most patients are able to go home a few hours after their surgery is completed.
How do I get ready for my initial appointment?
It’s important to come prepared for your appointment to get the most out of it.
How can I make an appointment?
Call 855-MIGS-MGH to speak make an appointment for a consultation.
NOTE: If you have not previously seen a doctor at Mass General or within the Partners HealthCare Network, please call the Mass General Registration & Referral Center at 866-211-6588 to register before calling to make your appointment.
What is unique about the Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Center at Mass General?
The MIGS Center at Mass General takes a multidisciplinary approach to patient care. Our expert team of surgeons collaborates to identify the best procedure for each patient and provide the best surgical care for each patient’s unique health concerns.
Who will take care of me during my time at Mass General?
Your care team at Mass General will include physicians, nurses, social workers and other clinical staff. One advantage of receiving care at Mass General is you’ll also have access to the full resources of the hospital treatment programs in addition to your physician and surgical team.
Are your surgeons certified to perform minimally invasive surgery?
All of our surgeons are certified in obstetrics and gynecology, along their respective subspecialty. Several surgeons are specially certified to perform laparoscopic procedures by a national program called Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS). The FLS program content has been endorsed by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and is a joint educational offering together with the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons.
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