Andrey Petrikovets, MD, FACOG
Urogynecologist located in Los Angeles, CA
Surgery of any kind can leave you feeling anxious and fearful. Minimally invasive surgery is an advanced surgical technique that reduces your risk and may ease some of your anxiety. Andrey Petrikovets, MD, FACOG, is a gynecological and urogynecological specialist who performs many procedures using minimally invasive surgery techniques. For a surgical consultation, call the Downtown Los Angeles, California, office or request an appointment online.
Minimally Invasive Surgery Q & A
What is minimally invasive surgery?
Minimally invasive surgery refers to surgical procedures that use small incisions to perform the necessary surgery. Traditionally, surgeons would perform various procedures by making large incisions through the skin and muscle to be able to see and gain access to the organs undergoing surgery. This is called open surgery.
With advances in medical technology, surgeons like Dr. Petrikovets use special surgical tools and advanced technology that minimizes the size of your incisions, which reduces overall risk and recovery.
What are the types of minimally invasive surgical methods?
Dr. Petrikovets is a fellowship-trained surgeon who uses the most advanced surgical techniques. The types of minimally invasive surgical methods Dr. Petrikovets offers include:
During laparoscopic surgery, Dr. Petrikovets makes a small incision in your abdomen for the insertion of a laparoscope, which is a surgical camera that allows him to see your internal organs. He then creates additional small incisions for the surgical instruments to perform the procedure.
Robotic-assisted surgery is the most advanced minimally invasive surgical method. Dr. Petrikovets uses the da Vinci® surgical system to perform this type of surgery. This system utilizes robotic arms that he controls from a special console in the surgical room.
Dr. Petrikovets may perform various gynecological or urogynecological procedures through small incisions made in your vagina.
The method used for your surgery may depend on the reason for the procedure, your surgical history, and your overall health.
What is minimally invasive gynecology?
Dr. Petrikovets specializes in minimally invasive gynecological surgical procedures. Common gynecological surgeries he may perform using minimally invasive methods include:
- Removal of fibroids
- Prolapse repair
- Treatment for endometriosis
He may also use laparoscopic surgery as a tool to diagnose gynecological conditions, such as endometriosis, and then perform the necessary procedure.
What are the benefits of minimally invasive surgery?
When it comes to surgery, minimally invasive procedures are preferred due to the many benefits it offers you. These benefits include:
- Reduced hospital stay
- Less pain
- Shorter recovery
- Less risk of infection
- Smaller scars
- Minimal blood loss
The advanced equipment used for robotic-assisted surgery also improves Dr. Petrikovets visualization of the surgical site due to the high-quality 3D surgical camera. The console also reduces his hand fatigue.
To learn more about minimally invasive surgery and if it’s an option for you, call Andrey Petrikovets, MD, FACOG, or use the online booking feature to schedule an appointment.