Minimally Invasive Surgery

Minimally invasive surgery is a surgical technique used to minimize trauma to the body as it uses only a few small incisions compared to traditional open surgery, which involves making a long incision. This method is considered to be safer than traditional open surgery, and allows for less pain and scarring, lower risk of infections, shorter hospital stays and quicker recovery.

Minimally invasive surgery is an option available for women who require surgical treatment for gynaecological issues such as uterine fibroids, endometriosis and ovarian cysts.

How is minimally invasive surgery performed?

There are many ways minimally invasive surgery can be performed, the most common being a laparoscopy.

Laparoscopy, also known as keyhole surgery, involves creating a small incision through which a thin instrument with a light and camera attached is inserted. This device (laparoscope) can project a clear, real-time view from the inside of the body onto a viewing monitor. Microsurgical instruments then access the problem site through a few tiny incisions.

Another form of minimally invasive surgery, known as single-port laparoscopy, performs the procedure through a single point of entry, usually the navel.

Another minimally invasive surgery technique is robotic surgery, which tend to yield high levels of precision. Similar to laparoscopy, the entry points for the surgical instruments are small incisions.

Minimally invasive surgery is done under local or general anesthesia, depending on the area and complexity of treatment.

What are the risks of minimally invasive surgery?

Compared to open surgery, minimally invasive surgery comes with much less risk of complications and minimal discomfort, simply due to its small incisions. In the hands of an experienced surgeon, the chances of complications are rare.

Dr Ann Tan specializes in the effective management of gynaecological conditions through medical, lifestyle and surgical means. For enquiries, please contact us at +65 6734 8188 today.

Dr Ann Tan
Dr Ann Tan, PBM
Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
Dr Ann Tan is the first Singaporean to hold the Diploma of Fetal Medicine from the Fetal Medicine Foundation. She presently serves on the Women’s Health Advisory Committee at the Health Promotion Board. Dr Ann Tan was a Public Service Commission Scholar, and has won several prestigious awards in her field of specialization.
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