Frequently Asked Questions
Gynecologic and Urogynecologic Surgery
Dr. Jeyalingam is a top gynecologist and urogynecologist in Buffalo, NY who offers her expertise to patients with endometriosis, uterine fibroids, pelvic organ prolapse, stress urinary incontinence and more! Contact our office today for information on the wide variety of procedures we provide.
How do I know if I am a good candidate for minimally invasive surgery?
For some patients, a minimally invasive surgical treatment may be the best option. But not every patient is an appropriate candidate for this type of surgery. Dr. Jeyalingam closely evaluates each patient to determine what course of action will lead them to optimal health — whether that’s using a minimally invasive surgery technique or more traditional methods.”
What are the advantages of minimally invasive surgery?
There are many advantages of minimally invasive surgery. Requiring only tiny incisions versus a large open incision, minimally invasive surgery results in less trauma to the body and a faster recovery. This results in the following:
- Shorter hospital stays
- Less pain after surgery
- Less scarring
- Faster return to work and normal activities
Is robotic surgery safe?
In the past, gynecologic surgeries were done using traditional methods. This was a time-consuming and tedious process that could lead to occasional complications. Today with advanced robotic technology, these types of operations are not only safer but far more efficient as well; in fact over 100,000 robotic surgeries have been completed across the United States since it first became available back in 2005!
Does robotic surgery eliminate the need for a human surgeon?
Although the robot allows a surgeon to make more precise hand and wrist movements, it cannot be programmed to perform surgery on its own. All maneuvers must be performed by a qualified surgeon who has been specifically trained in robotics. In addition, there is always one other person present for support to help with tasks.
How long will the surgery take?
Most procedures take approximately two hours
How long will I stay in the hospital?
Most patients are discharged the same day of surgery
How many scars will I have?
It depends on the procedure. With robotic and laparoscopic surgery, there can be three to five incisions measuring 8 millimeters each.
Will I have staples or stitches?
With minimally invasive surgery, Dr. Jeyalingam will frequently close your incisions with stitches that are invisible and dissolve over time. She will cover your incisions with a surgical glue barrier or surgical tape.
What can I expect in the days immediately following my procedure?
For the first few days following surgery, you can expect to experience some pain and swelling. Dr. Jeyalingam will prescribe medications that reduce inflammation as well as provide relief from any post-operative discomfort including pain if it arises. The good news is that minimally invasive techniques minimize trauma to surrounding tissues which means your recovery time should be relatively quick!
How long before I can return to my normal routine?
Most women are able to return to work within 1-3 weeks after their surgery and can continue most of their normal activities. However, they should avoid heavy lifting or strenuous activity for 6 weeks in order to give the body a chance to heal completely from surgery.