Minimally Invasive Surgery Specialist

Minimally invasive surgery such as laparoscopy and hysterectomy can allow patients to recover far more quickly and easily than with other surgical solutions. Dr. Stephanie Kong, OB/GYN, at Her Medical Clinic, is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology, and she has the experience and skills required to perform such procedures. Beverly Grove and downtown Los Angeles area patients can easily make an appointment online or call the office anytime to see Dr. Kong.

Minimally Invasive Surgery Q & A

What is minimally invasive surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery is the evolution of open surgery. In open surgery, a large incision — sometimes up to a foot long in operations like hysterectomies — must be made to allow the surgeon access to the abdomen. This large incision means significant sutures and considerable pain for most patients.

With minimally invasive surgery, the procedure involves a small group of abdominal incisions that are a fraction of the size — only 8-12 mm each. Dr. Kong uses specialized instruments to perform the operation and remove tissue through the incisions. Because the incisions are so much smaller, pain is greatly reduced and patients have a faster recovery. There's also less scarring with minimally invasive surgery.

What types of procedures can be done using minimally invasive methods?

Dr. Kong performs a number of procedures using minimally invasive techniques, including:

  • Hysterectomy: removal of the uterus
  • Oophorectomy: ovary removal
  • Myomectomy: uterine fibroid removal
  • Endometrial ablation: removal of the uterine lining as a remedy for excessively heavy bleeding and painful periods
  • Laparoscopy: typically used in diagnosis of reproductive system issues, sometimes used in sterilization procedures
  • Hysteroscopy: typically used in diagnosis, sometimes used in sterilization procedures

What is recovery like after minimally invasive surgery?

A major benefit of minimally invasive surgery is that recovery is much easier. Most minimally invasive procedures are outpatient: You just need to stay in recovery for a couple of hours (until you're awake and talking) before you can go home to recover. In some cases, patients need to spend a night or two in the hospital after minimally invasive surgery, but it's still far less than days or even weeks sometimes required for open surgery.

To ensure a smooth recovery, follow Dr. Kong's discharge guidelines closely. Many patients feel well enough to resume much of their normal lifestyle including work within just a week or so.

If you want to learn more about minimally invasive surgery, use the convenient online appointment tool or call the office anytime to request an appointment.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

Dr. Kong accepts most PPO insurance providers. Please reach out to the office if you do not see your insurance provider listed here!

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