Minimally Invasive Surgery
In 1990, virtually all gynecologic surgery was performed through large abdominal incisions. Today, laparoscopic and robotic options are available for virtually all gynecologic operations. Unfortunately, many women who need surgery do not get offered a minimally invasive approach. The limiting factor is often the surgeonʼs ability to perform these minimally invasive procedures.
For over 25 years, Dr. Wagner has been dedicated to advancing minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. They routinely perform virtually all operations, including hysterectomy, laparoscopically or robotically. They were the first surgeons in the entire New York metropolitan area to be certified by AIMIS (American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery), a national organization dedicated to recognizing and promoting excellence in minimally invasive surgery.
Single Incision Laparoscopy
Single incision laparoscopy, often called LESS (for Laparo-Endoscopic Single-site Surgery), is the latest advance in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. LESS involves laparoscopic surgery performed through a single, small, often invisible belly button incision. Itʼs often referred to as “hidden-scar” surgery because it offers the potential for a completely invisible scar. With this approach, all surgical instruments are inserted through the belly button, and the entire operation is performed through that one small incision.
LESS surgery offers multiple potential benefits for the patient. Because there are no other incisions, the LESS approach results in fewer complications, less pain, and a faster recovery. In comparison, robotic surgery typically requires 4-6 abdominal incisions; traditional laparoscopic surgery requires 3 to 4 abdominal incisions. More incisions mean more risk for complications such as bleeding, infection, nerve injury, and pain.
Dr. Wagner is one of a few gynecologic surgeons anywhere in the New York area who routinely offer the LESS option to their gynecologic surgery patients. They have pioneered this revolutionary approach to gynecologic surgery. Dr. Wagner was the first surgeon in the United States to report using the LESS approach to perform a hysterectomy. Before having any gynecologic abdominal operation -- find out if LESS is an option.