Minimally Invasive Surgery

If you have been diagnosed with a gynecologic condition that requires surgery, please contact an experienced minimally invasive surgeon to discuss the surgical options available to give you the optimal results, with minimal pain and suffering, as well as the best cosmetic outcome.

Dr La specializes in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery of all types.

His motto is “LESS incisions and smaller incisions.”


Dr La has over 20 years experience with laparoscopic surgery.  He has spent his career perfecting his technique to offer the best results, safely, and with minimal scarring.

For the past 10 years, well over 90% of his gynecologic surgeries, including hysterectomies, have been by minimally invasive techniques.  This is in contrast to the current rate of traditional abdominal hysterectomy in the US that is above 50%.

Why minimally invasive surgery?

  1. LESS incisions
  2. LESS scarring
  3. LESS infection
  4. LESS blood loss
  5. LESS pain
  6. LESS time in the hospital
  7. LESS time to normal activity

Conditions that can be treated with minimally invasive surgery include:

  1. Fibroid uterus
  2. Pelvic pain
  3. Endometriosis
  4. Ovarian cysts
  5. Abnormal uterine bleeding
  6. Uterine prolapse
  7. Ectopic pregnancy
  8. Risk reductive surgery

Dr La is an expert in:

  1. Vaginal surgery
  2. Multiport laparoscopy
  3. da Vinci robot assisted laparoscopy
  4. LESS (Laparoendoscopic single site) surgery

Examples of scars for various modes of surgery:

  1. Abdominal surgery

Abdominal surgery

  1. Multiport laparoscopy

Multiport laparoscopy

  1. da Vinci assisted laparoscopy

da- inci assisted laparoscopy

  1. LESS (Laparoendoscopic single site) surgery

LESS (Laparoendoscopic single site) surgery

What is LESS Surgery?

LESS stands for laparoendoscopic single site surgery, a modern, advanced approach for a variety of abdominal surgeries.

LESS is a form of laparoscopic surgery. Laparoscopic surgery, also called minimally invasive surgery, is when an operation is performed through 3-5 small cuts (incisions) in the abdomen as opposed to one large incision (see diagram below).

What is different about LESS compared with other laparoscopic techniques is that the entire surgery is completed through just one small cut (incision) in the bellybutton, referred to as the umbilicus. The incision measures about 1 inch in length, leaving behind a scar that is virtually unnoticeable since it is hidden in the natural contours of the bellybutton.

Hysterctomy procedure incision

In gynecology, the LESS technique is commonly used for removal of:

  • uterus (hysterectomy)
  • ovaries (oophorectomy)
  • fibroid tumors from the uterus (myomectomy)
  • female sterilization such as tubal excisions (salpingectomy)
  • ectopic pregnancies

To learn more about LESS surgery and other minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, please visit www.herhealth.org

LESS Hysterectomy Pt brochure English

LESS Hysterectomy Pt Brochure Spanish

 

3D Visualization for LESS Surgery

http://www.click2houston.com/health/houston-doctors-performing-fibroid-surgeries-in-3-d

3-D imaging could benefit laparoscopic surgery

Why da Vinci Surgery?

With the da Vinci System, surgeons operate through one small incision in the belly button or through a few small incisions instead of a large open incision (similar to traditional laparoscopy). The da Vinci System provides your surgeon with a 3D HD view inside your body.  da Vinci has special wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human wrist. As a result, da Vinci enables your surgeon to operate with enhanced vision, precision and control.

State-of-the-art da Vinci uses the latest in surgical and robotics technologies for simple and complex procedures. Your doctor controls the da Vinci System, which translates his or her hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body.

The da Vinci System has brought minimally invasive surgery to more than 2 million patients worldwide. 

da Vinci System

 

To learn more about da Vinci robotic surgery, please visit www.davincisurgery.com/da-vinci-gynecology/ and www.davincihysterectomy.com

da Vinci Hysterectomy Patient Brochure

da Vinci Single Site Hysterectomy Patient Brochure

Remember, not all surgeons are trained for every type of minimally invasive technique.  Consider your options and seek a second opinion from an experienced minimally invasive surgeon before you resort to a large abdominal incision.