Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (MIGS)

At University of Colorado

About our OB/GYN Surgeons

The University of Colorado’s OB/GYN group is a multi-disciplinary team of physicians that utilizes innovative technology to provide relief for women with common gynecologic conditions.

Our board-certified gynecological surgeons are trained in a range of minimally invasive surgical techniques including routine laparoscopy and more complex pelvic surgeries. With advances in technology and training, many surgeries can now be performed using small incisions requiring only a few stitches.

Why choose minimally invasive gynecologic surgery?

Minimally invasive gynecologic surgery uses small tools inserted through the small incisions. A miniature camera with microscope and tiny fiber optic lights provides images on a high definition monitor, allowing a surgeon to make smaller incisions. This leaves smaller scars, reduces the chance of infection or clotting, lessens post-surgery pain, and decreases recovery time compared with traditional surgery.

Minimally invasive procedures are an alternative to traditional (open) surgery, which usually involves a large incision through the abdomen to reach a patient’s internal organs. It also requires a hospital stay. Minimally invasive surgery is often performed as an outpatient procedure, meaning the patient returns home the same day, instead of staying several days at the hospital to recover.

These surgeries are often used to treat such conditions as ovarian cysts and tumors, endometriosis, uterine fibroidspelvic pain, and heavy bleeding, among others. A gynecologic surgeon will discuss available treatment options with the patient and determine the best plan for her individual needs.

Complex minimally invasive surgery

When considering treatment options, CU OB/GYN offers patients the option of advanced laparoscopic, robotic and hysteroscopic surgery, as well as more advanced abdominal and vaginal surgery.

As a group, we perform some of the highest number of minimally invasive surgeries for women’s health conditions and have the greatest experience in such surgeries in the Rocky Mountain region. This makes us especially prepared to tackle complex cases where patients have had prior surgeries, a high body-mass index (BMI) or require more complicated surgery.

While most surgeons have performed some minimally invasive techniques, these cases often require an extra level of expertise, skill and experience, as better outcomes generally come from more experience. Even relatively straightforward surgeries like a hysterectomy can sometimes cause serious complications, so it is important to be in good surgical hands.

Choosing the right surgeon—and hospital staff—can be especially important for operations that are new, unusually complex or that are being done to treat a potentially fatal disease like ovarian cancer.

Why Experience Matters When Choosing Your Surgeon

Advantages of minimally invasive surgery


  Faster recovery time


  Smaller incisions


  Shorter hospital stays (if any)

 


  Lower risk of infection


  Less blood loss and reduced need for blood transfusion


  Decreased pain & use of medications