Minimally Invasive Surgery

minimally invasive surgery

Minimally invasive surgery (sometimes called laparoscopic surgery) is done through small incisions. Using specialized techniques, miniature cameras with microscopes, tiny fiber-optic flashlights and high definition monitors. These surgeries can be performed through incisions that require only a stitch or two to close.

For patients, minimally invasive surgery means less trauma to the body, less blood loss, smaller surgical scars and less need for pain medication. Patients leave the hospital sooner after minimally invasive surgery and return to normal activities sooner than with conventional open surgery. Minimally invasive surgery is performed both on an inpatient (stay in the hospital) and outpatient (go home the same day) basis.

All of our gynecologists perform minimally invasive surgery for many common gynecologic conditions such as uterine fibroids, heavy menstruations, ovarian cysts, endometriosis, urinary incontinence and permanent sterilization.

Dr. Gostal Arcelin and Dr. Rachel Ciaccio are one of the few Palm Beach surgeons that now offers minimally invasive surgeries with the Surgical Da Vinci® Robotic system. The Da Vinci® surgical system provides surgeons with an alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy, putting a surgeon’s hands at the controls of a state-of-the-art robotic platform. The Da Vinci® System enables surgeons to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision. This can be particularly useful for the treatment of uterine fibroids and laparoscopic myomectomies (fibroid removal), as well as complex laparoscopic hysterectomies.

We have also been at the forefront of “single-incision” laparoscopy, which is one of the most recent advances in the field of minimally invasive surgery. The technique utilizes a single skin incision, most commonly the umbilicus, through which a port with multiple channels is introduced. Enabling the surgeon to perform complex tasks like a hysterectomy through a single small incision, which reduces surgical trauma and residual scarring. View the video below to learn a little bit more about the Single Incision Procedure:

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Non-Essential Appointments Cancelled

Due to COVID-19, we will be reaching out to you to reschedule any non-essential appointments (re: physicals, annuals, and other well visits) until further notice.

COVID-19 is causing things to change rapidly and our operations can vary because of this. We ask for your understanding and that you check our website for the latest on operational hours and services available.

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We are proud of our staff who are working during this time, and pledge to you our highest service possible during this pandemic.


Patient/Visitor Guideline Update

In an effort to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission and provide a safer environment and promote social distancing which is recommended by the CDC, we are asking that patients limit the number of people accompanying them to an appointment. No visitors (including children) will be allowed to accompany each patient unless a specific patient needs extra support. We encouraged visitors to remain closely connected to their loved ones through virtual means, including Skype, FaceTime, WhatsApp, and/or phone.

Additionally, we are respectfully asking that children not accompany any adult patients, unless there is a medical necessity. We know this may cause scheduling challenges, particularly for families with younger siblings, but we can all play a role in reducing the spread of this virus. Thank you for understanding our need to do so and for helping us keep you and our greater community healthy.

We are also asking any patients with a cough, shortness of breath or fever not to come to our facility and call ahead of time. You will be directed to another facility for evaluation.

All patients are to wash their hands before and after their visit. Hand washing, social distancing, and self-isolation are still the best ways to prevent this virus from spreading more widely.

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