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Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic Surgery

The development of minimally invasive surgical techniques has aided patients in several ways. Laparoscopic surgeries are those performed within the pelvic or abdominal cavity. Using the minimally invasive laparoscopic surgical technique means smaller scars and a shorter recovery period. This type of procedure incorporates a telescopic lens, which is attached to a video camera. Using advanced technology, your physician can precisely perform the given procedure viewing the abdomen on a large monitor.
Laparoscopic surgery is used to remove ovarian cysts, treat endometriosis, remove pelvic adhesions and evaluate and treat other causes of pelvic pain.
The advantages of minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery include:
  • Small incisions
  • Reduced blood loss
  • Minimal exposure to external contaminants
  • Lowered risk of infection
  • Faster, more comfortable recovery with minimal scarring
  • Reduced time in the hospital
  • Lower overall cost

Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

Watch the video on when Dr. Stanley Friedell explained Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery for Many Medical Conditions

Robotic Hysterectomy Assisted by the da Vinci® Si™ Surgical System

Dr. Friedell is a Chicago physician certified in the use of the da Vinci® Si™ Surgical System. The da Vinci® robot provides 10x magnification of the operative field as well as an extremely high level of dexterity. These two characteristics alone make the da Vinci® Si™ Surgical System ideal for the performance of laparoscopic hysterectomies. Patients whose surgery is performed using this system tend to recover more quickly and experience less discomfort than those who choose open surgery for hysterectomy.

Laparoscopic Hysterectomy using conventional laparoscopy

These patients also recover more quickly and experience less discomfort than open surgery


A hysterectomy may remove a portion of or the entire uterus. There are three hysterectomy procedures typically performed. These include:
  • Partial hysterectomy, which removes the upper part of the uterus, but leaves the cervix.
  • Total hysterectomy, removes both the uterus and the cervix. This is the most common type of hysterectomy performed.
  • Radical hysterectomy removes the uterus, cervix and some surrounding tissues, and the uppermost portion of the vagina. This type of hysterectomy is most commonly performed by a gynecologic oncologist in the treatment of cancer.
Aside from cancer, a hysterectomy may be recommended to treat pelvic prolapse, fibroid tumors, heavy bleeding, or endometriosis.


This is the removal of fibroids which can be causing abnormal bleeding or pain. It can be done hysteroscopically, as an open procedure or sometimes laparoscopically.

TVT incontinence surgery

Urinary incontinence can be a very distressing problem for a woman to live with. We understand the emotional and social impact of urinary incontinence, and provide a surgical solution that gets results. TVT is tension-free vaginal tape. This procedure, which places a narrow band of tape beneath the urethra, is performed to lift and support a sagging urethra or bladder so that it sits properly within the pelvis. Once adequately supported, the urethra is able to close, as nature intended, and urine cannot leak from the bladder.
This procedure can often be performed using minimally invasive surgery, which means there are smaller incisions, reduced bleeding and discomfort, and a shortened hospitalization and recovery period. Most patients are able to return home the day of their procedure.
The team at Northwestern Women’s Health Associates has the extensive educational background, training, and experience to help you navigate the various aspects of women’s health. Contact us at 1-312-440-9400 to schedule your visit.

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