Minimally Invasive Surgery Specialist

Capital Women's Care Howard County

OBGYNs located in Fulton, MD

When you have a gynecological condition, sometimes a surgical procedure is the best treatment to resolve it and heal your body. Marc Chaiken, MD, FACOG and Marcela McDonald, MD, FACOG at Capital Women's Care Howard County provide minimally invasive surgeries whenever possible to help improve and protect your health. Call the practice or schedule a consultation online today to learn more about your minimally invasive surgical options.

Minimally Invasive Surgery Q&A

Capital Women's Care Howard County

What is minimally invasive surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery includes techniques that use specially designed instruments that are inserted through small incisions in the body, so there isn’t a need for a large incision.

In gynecology, laparoscopy is one of the most common minimally invasive surgical techniques. Your doctor uses a laparoscope, which is a thin flexible tube with a tiny camera mounted on its tip, to send videos back to a monitor in the treatment room so your doctor can closely examine your organs and perform surgical procedures.  

What are the benefits of minimally invasive surgery?

Minimally invasive surgeries offer a variety of benefits, including:

  • Improved safety -- smaller incisions mean less trauma and blood loss as well as a reduced risk of infection
  • Less scarring -- the small incisions typically require only a stitch or two to close
  • Improved recovery times -- you’ll be back to your normal activities more quickly
  • Less time in the hospital -- these surgeries are often done on an outpatient basis or require fewer than 24 hours in the hospital

What minimally invasive surgeries are available?

The doctors at Capital Women’s Care offer a variety of minimally invasive surgeries. The procedures include, but aren’t limited to, the following:

Laparoscopic hysterectomy

A hysterectomy is a procedure to remove your uterus and, if necessary, your ovaries and fallopian tubes. This procedure can be performed laparoscopically through very few small incisions in your abdomen or your doctor can access and remove your uterus through your vagina.

Laparoscopic myomectomy

A myomectomy is a procedure to remove fibroids from your uterus. It’s often the preferred fibroid removal technique because it doesn’t interfere with future fertility.

Endometrial ablation

Endometrial ablation is a treatment that destroys the lining of your uterus by applying heat or freezing it. It’s an effective treatment for heavy periods, uterine fibroids or polyps, and other abnormalities.

Hysteroscopy

Hysteroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure where your doctor uses a tool called a hysteroscope to look inside your uterus. This procedure is often performed to diagnose conditions like fibroids or cancer.

Hysteroscopic sterilization

Hysteroscopic sterilization is a minimally invasive alternative to tubal ligation. Your doctor uses a hysteroscope to reach your fallopian tubes and place Essure® coils in them. The coils cause the formation of scar tissue, which prevents your eggs from reaching your uterus and being fertilized.


Call Capital Women’s Care or schedule an appointment online today to learn about the minimally invasive surgical options available.

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