UConn Health is a designated Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology. This prestigious recognition sets us apart from the rest, as the rigorous accreditation marks the global standard for superior surgical care. Our facility and doctors have earned their rank among the best in the world for exceptional care and patient safety. In addition, our unique ability to conduct state-of-the-art research enables us to offer our patients the most advanced procedures.
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Board-certified and published authority in the field, Dr. Danielle Luciano, leads the group of surgeons, nurses, and clinical support staff who helped UConn Health earn the distinction of excellence.
“We already had been offering a standardized, comprehensive way to offer women minimally invasive options for their care, working as a care team and optimizing safety,” Luciano says. “This just puts it in writing and makes it clear how excellent we are.”
Our entire team of highly-trained experts are committed to continuous improvement and innovation through groundbreaking research. At UConn Health, all care-team professionals participate in ongoing education and specialized training in order to offer patients the discipline’s most advanced procedures.
Minimally invasive techniques for the common conditions noted below can reduce recovery time as well as overall patient discomfort. In most cases, patients can return home and get back to their normal routines sooner.
These techniques involve surgery through small incisions, and allow the physician to see the relevant area enlarged on a digital screen in the room. Because internal tissues have reduced exposure and the need for invasive instruments is decreased, patients also experience less blood loss, less scar tissue, and fewer complications post-surgery.
Safe, Effective Treatment
UConn Health offers minimally invasive surgery using advanced laparoscopy, hysteroscopy, and robotic assisted laparoscopy to treat:
- Endometriosis: caused when the tissue that lines the inside of the uterus (the endometrium) grows outside of the uterus, resulting in pain, heavy, irregular bleeding or impaired fertility. Laparoscopic surgery, usually an outpatient procedure, can be used to diagnose and remove the tissue.
- Pelvic Pain: pain in the lower abdomen or pelvis that can be a symptom of an underlying issue in the reproductive organs. Pelvic laparoscopy can be used for diagnosis and treatment of pelvic pain.
- Ovarian Cysts: cysts that occur in or on the ovary’s surface. Usually harmless, cysts can grow large and cause discomfort, or rupture, requiring medical attention. Ovarian cysts can be treated with minimally invasive approaches without removing or impacting the ovary.
- Uterine Fibroids: noncancerous growths of the uterus that can range in number and size. While many women with fibroids experience no symptoms, fibroid signs can include heavy menstrual bleeding and pelvic pressure or pain. A number of minimally invasive approaches exist that offer alternatives to hysterectomy.
- Abnormal Uterine Bleeding: bleeding outside of the normal menstrual cycle and that is not caused by any known medical condition or pregnancy. A relatively quick hysteroscopic procedure that eliminates the uterine lining is a treatment option for women who no longer wish to become pregnant.