Minimally Invasive Surgery Specialist

Women's Center for Health and Wellness

Gynecologists & Reproductive & Sexual Health Care Providers located in Fort Smith, AR

If you need surgery to correct a gynecological issue, such as fibroids or an ovarian cyst, visit Women’s Center for Health and Wellness in Fort Smith, Arkansas. The team, led by Thomas Wood, DO, offers advanced minimally invasive surgery techniques that ensure reduced scarring, faster recovery, and less risk of infection compared to traditional open surgery. If you have a pelvic organ condition that needs advanced treatment, call the office to set up a consultation or book online today.

Minimally Invasive Surgery Q & A

What gynecological issues require minimally invasive surgery?

Surgery isn’t often the first course of treatment for gynecological issues, but if you don’t get relief with conservative interventions like lifestyle changes, hormones, medications, or physical therapy, it may be your best option.

In the past, open surgery with large incisions, long recoveries, and significant blood loss was your only choice. Minimally invasive surgery offers a valid alternative to open surgery. It may be an option if you have:

  • Abnormal bleeding

  • Infertility

  • Uterine fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Pelvic pain
  • Painful periods
  • Complications from menopause

Although these conditions don’t always require surgery, when they fail to resolve with conservative measures and seriously affect your quality of life and health, minimally invasive surgery is a good option. 

The team reviews your case to provide an individualized determination as to whether minimally invasive surgery is the best course of treatment for you.

What are the available types of minimally invasive surgery?

Before recommending minimally invasive surgery, your doctor thoroughly reviews your symptoms, your current health, your medical history, and your treatment plan thus far.

Common minimally invasive procedures include:

  • Laparoscopic hysterectomy - to remove the uterus and/or ovaries
  • Laparoscopic myomectomy  - to remove uterine fibroids
  • Novasure endometrial ablation - to remove the uterine lining
  • Pelvic reconstruction surgery - to address pelvic floor disorders
  • Incontinence treatments - to address involuntary urine leakage

The team at Women’s Center for Health and Wellness uses the latest techniques and technology available to give you the best outcome possible.

Why should I consider minimally invasive surgery?

If you are in need of gynecological surgery, minimally invasive procedures are the way to go. Instead of being a major life event, minimally invasive surgery is a minor inconvenience that provides you healing and relief from unpleasant symptoms.

Specifically, minimally invasive surgery results in:

  • Smaller incisions
  • Shorter hospital stays
  • Reduced blood loss
  • Less pain
  • Less scarring
  • Less risk of infection
  • Quicker recovery

Minimally invasive surgical procedures are often outpatient, meaning you go home the same day to recover. If you do require a hospital stay, it’s generally just one night.

To learn about all your minimally invasive gynecological surgery options, call Women’s Center for Health and Wellness to set up an appointment or use the online scheduler.