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April 29, 2017  
COMMUNITY: Frequently Asked Questions
Uterus1: What are some different minimally invasive procedures?
Dr. Robert Phillips:
Laparoscopic surgery is basically a telescopic surgical procedure done through a small incision in the belly button and lower abdomen. So these days if patients have problems like cysts on their ovaries, scar tissue from previous surgeries that causes pain, or if they need a hysterectomy, we can treat some of them through incisions less than an inch long instead of the bikini- style incision that was the standard in years past. The recovery time drops to days as opposed to the four to six weeks that traditional surgery requires.

Endometrial ablation, or destroying the lining of the uterus to treat heavy bleeding, is another type of minimally invasive surgery that is coming on strong. Imagine the lady who has periods so heavy she has to stay home for three days each month. She comes back in six months after having had endometrial ablation, and says,” I haven’t had a period since the treatment.” What a happy day. It’s a very nice outpatient procedure, and the recovery time is a day.

We can also do sterilization now under local anesthesia in the office, placing tiny coils into the tubal opening by working through the vagina and up into the uterus. It’s crampy, but nothing like the recovery from laparoscopic tubal sterilization surgery where you need general anesthesia and feel crummy for at least two to three days. This new way of getting your tubes tied is starting to catch on, since patients can go home in an hour from the office. I think it will be a very popular procedure before long.
Dr. Robert Phillips:
Laparoscopic surgery is basically a telescopic surgical procedure done through a small incision in the belly button and lower abdomen. So these days if patients have problems like cysts on their ovaries, scar tissue from previous surgeries that causes pain, or if they need a hysterectomy, we can treat some of them through incisions less than an inch long instead of the bikini- style incision that was the standard in years past. The recovery time drops to days as opposed to the four to six weeks that traditional surgery requires.

Endometrial ablation, or destroying the lining of the uterus to treat heavy bleeding, is another type of minimally invasive surgery that is coming on strong. Imagine the lady who has periods so heavy she has to stay home for three days each month. She comes back in six months after having had endometrial ablation, and says,” I haven’t had a period since the treatment.” What a happy day. It’s a very nice outpatient procedure, and the recovery time is a day.

We can also do sterilization now under local anesthesia in the office, placing tiny coils into the tubal opening by working through the vagina and up into the uterus. It’s crampy, but nothing like the recovery from laparoscopic tubal sterilization surgery where you need general anesthesia and feel crummy for at least two to three days. This new way of getting your tubes tied is starting to catch on, since patients can go home in an hour from the office. I think it will be a very popular procedure before long.

Dr. Robert Phillips


Robert Phillips, M.D. grew up in New Mexico and went to college and medical school in Albuquerque at the University of New Mexico where he graduated in 1983. He did his OB/GYN residency training in Phoenix at the Maricopa Medical Center. He has been with Desert West OB/GYN in private practice for 18 years, and now serves as president and managing partner of this 12 OB/GYN physician group. Dr. Phillips’ practice interests include general obstetrical care and minimally invasive surgery. He recently has become involved in risk reduction for OB/GYN's. His outside interests include three teenagers, music and reading.

Dr. Robert Phillips


Robert Phillips, M.D. grew up in New Mexico and went to college and medical school in Albuquerque at the University of New Mexico where he graduated in 1983. He did his OB/GYN residency training in Phoenix at the Maricopa Medical Center. He has been with Desert West OB/GYN in private practice for 18 years, and now serves as president and managing partner of this 12 OB/GYN physician group. Dr. Phillips’ practice interests include general obstetrical care and minimally invasive surgery. He recently has become involved in risk reduction for OB/GYN's. His outside interests include three teenagers, music and reading.

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