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Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

Quicker & Safer Surgery

MUSC Women’s Health experts discuss the benefits of minimally invasive and robotic gynecologic surgery.

MUSC Women’s Health includes a team of specialists who are specifically trained in minimally invasive surgery (MIS) techniques including:

Minimally invasive surgery helps give patients the surgery they need with the least amount of pain and a quicker recovery.


With laparoscopic surgery, the surgeon uses very small incisions on the abdomen to insert a thin, lighted scope and thin surgical instruments. Laparoscopy can offer the opportunity to look at pelvic organs and to take tissue biopsies if needed.


A hysteroscopy is often performed if your physician needs to get a closer look at your cervix and inside your uterus. The doctor inserts a hysteroscope which is a lighted thin tube into the vagina. If necessary, if anything is abnormal, a sample can be taken for further analysis.

Robotic Surgery

At MUSC Women’s Health, physicians are also trained to perform robotic surgery. Robotic surgery is a form of laparoscopic surgery that utilizes the da Vinci Surgical System to perform complex surgeries through incisions that are less than an inch long. 

What Are the Advantages of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery?

When compared to surgeries requiring larger incisions, laparoscopic, and robotic surgery offer the following advantages:

  • Decreased blood loss
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Smaller incisions
  • Less pain
  • Quicker recovery, when compared to traditional open surgery
  • Least amount of post-operative complications

Is Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Right for Me? 

A minimally invasive gynecologic surgery may be a fit for you if:

  • You've been diagnosed with endometriosis
  • You've developed fibroids
  • You're in need of a hysterectomy
  • You need an ovarian cyst removed