Surgery doesn’t have to mean a long recovery time. In fact, minimally invasive surgery in Naperville is available at Chicago Center for Women’s Health.

What Defines a Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedure?

A minimally invasive surgical procedure offers many advantages over traditional surgery. If the procedure is minimally invasive, only small incisions are made. They require specialized instruments, which, when fitted with cameras, allow the physician to see what is going on inside the body.

Since there is no large opening, there is less tissue damage with minimally invasive surgery. There is less bleeding afterward, and the patient enjoys a faster recovery time.

Minimally Invasive Procedures Offered at Chicago Center for Women’s Health


In this procedure, the urogynecologist uses a hollow tube, called a cystoscope, to look at the lining of your bladder and your urethra. The cystoscope is fitted with a camera lens and is slowly inserted into your urethra and bladder.

Your physician will do everything possible to make the procedure more comfortable for the patient. Often, the local anesthetic jelly is applied to numb the urethra and is all the patient will need. However, sedation can be used in some outpatient procedures.


A hysteroscopy is another minimally invasive procedure that lets your women’s health professional see inside your uterus. This quick procedure typically only lasts from five to thirty minutes. It can help your physician both diagnose and treat problems.

Hysteroscopy allows your doctor to examine the uterine cavity by inserting a slim, lighted tube, called a hysteroscope, into the cervix. It can help your physician diagnose many conditions, including uterine fibroids, endometrial polyp, uterine adenomyosis, uterine cancer, and endometrial cancer, among many others.


For this procedure, only small cuts are required. A laparoscopy involves a thin piece of equipment with a video camera attached, called a laparoscope.

By watching the video monitor, your women’s care professional can watch what is going on inside your body as the camera moves. It can be used by your urogynecologist to determine the cause of problems in the pelvic region, including endometriosis, uterine fibroids, ectopic pregnancy, uterine cancer, and infertility.

This procedure typically takes from one to two hours to complete. The results come back to you quickly, usually within an hour.

Robot-Assisted Surgery

With the modern surge in technology, your OB/GYN is able to offer robot-assisted surgery. Using advanced computer technology, a robotic device can assist with certain aspects of the surgical procedure that demand extreme precision.

Your urogynecologist might employ a robotic device for a variety of conditions, including:

Myomectomy: This is the removal of uterine fibroids. It can help treat pain, incontinence, bleeding, and can help improve your chances for reproduction.

Tubal Reanastomosis: This is a surgical procedure that is intended to restore a woman’s ability to get pregnant after having her tubes tied.

Radical Hysterectomy: In this procedure, the uterus, cervix, and any surrounding tissue is removed. This is generally done to treat gynecological cancers.

Robotic Trachelectomy: In this procedure, the cervix is removed. This is typically done to treat cervical cancer and helps a woman maintain her fertility.


While some women require a traditional abdominal hysterectomy, many women can have a minimally invasive one. In this procedure, only small incisions are needed, and no abdominal cuts are needed.

There are more options offered, including vaginal reconstructive surgery. Contact Chicago Center for Women’s Health for more information.