Jon T. Ricks, MD, performs all types of female pelvic surgeries. Please make an appointment to see if you are a candidate.
The da Vinci® surgical technology allows complex surgeries that were once only performed with large abdominal incisions to be performed with small incisions.
The surgery leaves the patient with just a couple of very tiny incisions that usually do not require sutures. Dr. Ricks’ patients have been very pleased with the results.
All Female Pelvic Surgeries
Jon T. Ricks, MD, performs all types of female pelvic surgeries.
Please make an appointment to see if you are a candidate
Hysterectomy statistics include:
- 10% of Hysterectomies are performed because of (due to) cancer
- 30% of Hysterectomies are performed because of (due to) Fibroid Tumors
- 20% of Hysterectomies are performed to eliminate pain caused by Endometriosis
- 16% of Hysterectomies are performed to repair a prolapsed Uterus.
- The remaining 24% of Hysterectomies are performed for reasons such as recurrence of pain and heavy bleeding, severe infection, and post delivery trauma.
Stress incontinence occurs when weakened pelvic floor muscles allow the bladder neck and urethra to drop, and it can be corrected with various types of surgeries. With these surgeries, the urethra, the bladder, or both can be lifted into the normal position. Sneezing, coughing, and laughing are then less likely to cause the bladder to leak. If treatments like pelvic floor muscle exercises have not worked, you can look into incontinence surgery.
Hysteroscopic Surgery: Conditions that do not respond to medical therapy such as prolapse, abnormal uterine bleeding, uterine fibroids or endometriosis may call for a hysterectomy. Dr. Ricks advanced surgical training using the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System offers minimally invasive hysterectomy options. Some of the more common hysterectomies performed are as follows:
- Robotic Total Hysterectomy: The da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System is a minimally invasive approach to hysterectomy. This procedure involves the removal of the uterus (including the cervix) and possibly the tubes and ovaries through using the da Vinci robotic system. For patients with a history of endometriosis, pelvic scarring due to prior Cesarean Section, and fibroids, this approach is excellent.
- Total Vaginal Hysterectomy: This procedure involves the removal of the uterus (including the cervix), and/or tubes and ovaries through a vaginal incision. This minimally invasive approach is the only surgical approach that results in no abdominal scars.
Supracervical Hysterectomy: This procedure involves the removal of most of the uterus – leaving the cervix behind. This approach can be done abdominally, laparoscopically or robotically.
Routine & Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery
Laparoscopic surgery also referred to as minimally invasive surgery describes the performance of surgical procedures with the assistance of a video camera and several thin instruments. During the surgical procedure, small incisions are made and plastic tubes called ports are placed through these incisions. The camera and the instruments are then introduced through the ports which allow access to the inside of the patient.
The camera transmits an image of the organs inside the abdomen onto a television monitor. The surgeon is not able to see directly into the patient without the traditional large incision. The video camera becomes a surgeon’s eyes in laparoscopy surgery, since the surgeon uses the image from the video camera positioned inside the patient’s body to perform the procedure.
Benefits of minimally invasive or laparoscopic procedures are:
- less postoperative discomfort since the incisions are much smaller
- quicker recovery times
- shorter hospital stays
- earlier return to full activities
- much smaller scars
- there may be less internal scarring when the procedures are performed in a minimally invasive fashion compared to standard open surgery.
To schedule an appointment, please contact Dr. Jon T. Ricks’ office.
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