Exploring minimally invasive fertility surgery with Dr. Emily Goulet
Dr. Emily Goulet is an expert in minimally invasive fertility surgery and robotic surgery. In fact, she was born to be a fertility surgeon. “I’m always quilting and knitting. My family says I was destined to be a surgeon because all I do is stitch,” she explains.
Our Dallas fertility surgeon knows that the idea of surgery can be frightening to patients. However, she finds that a little knowledge can replace fear with empowerment. That’s why she’s here to provide an overview of minimally invasive surgical options.
Types of minimally invasive fertility surgery
Hysteroscopy, laparoscopy and robotic surgery. The names can sound intimidating, but our Dallas fertility surgeon can demystify these terms with a little explanation.
Hysteroscopy involves inserting a small hysteroscope (a fiber optic camera) through the cervix and into the uterine cavity. This procedure allows Dr. Emily Goulet or your Dallas IVF physician to view the uterine cavity and surgically correct any issues. During this procedure, the patient is usually asleep under general anesthesia. Patients can go home the same day and often return to work the next day.
Laparoscopy is a type of minimally invasive fertility surgery to treat issues with the pelvic structures. This surgery requires a few tiny incisions in the abdomen. Our Dallas fertility surgeons insert a laparoscope (a fiber optic camera) into the abdomen through the small incision. This allows them to view and surgically correct the pelvic structures. Because this procedure is minimally invasive, it allows for a quicker recovery with fewer scars. Most patients go home the same day and can go back to work in about three or four days.
As for robotic fertility surgery, it is a type of laparoscopy. With this type of surgery, our Dallas fertility surgeons use robotic arms to hold the surgical instruments. Dr. Emily Goulet or your Dallas IVF physician then sits at a console and controls the robotic arms to perform the surgery. This allows for very precise movements.
Determining the right type of minimally invasive fertility surgery
Dr. Emily Goulet or your Dallas IVF physician will work with you to determine which type of fertility surgery is right for you. For example, laparoscopy is a great option for adhesions, endometriosis and fibroids. In contrast, hysteroscopy is a better option for issues with the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries.
To learn more about options for minimally invasive fertility surgery, contact us to schedule an appointment with our Dallas fertility surgeon. You can find relief with options that restore fertility.