Performed by our specially trained surgeon, Dr. Daniel Lax, vNOTES (vaginal natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery) is a revolutionary approach to hysterectomy and other gynecologic procedures. This breakthrough approach uses the body’s natural openings to perform less invasive gynecologic procedures. Patients have benefited from no visible scarring, no pain, reduced use of medication and a faster recovery time.
It is the next advancement in minimally invasive surgery and does not require abdominal incisions. Because there are no incisions made in the abdomen, there are no visible scars after having a vNOTES procedure.
This approach offers the least invasive approach to hysterectomy and other gynecological procedures. Many patients enter the hospital in tremendous pain and leave feeling as though the never had a hysterectomy. Patients leave the hospital on the same day, and often do not require any form of pain medication after the procedure.
No Recovery Time
After surgery, patients have asked, “Did you do anything?” Patients are able to immediately resume normal activities, but are advised to avoid heavy lifting.
In the vNOTES procedure, Griffin’s specially trained surgeon, Dr. Daniel Lax, uses specialized instruments inserted through the vagina instead of creating visible abdominal incisions in the body. This allows Dr. Lax to gain access to the uterus and/or fallopian tubes and ovaries without leaving any visible scarring.
Dr. Daniel Lax is one of only a handful of surgeons worldwide and is the only surgeon in Connecticut trained to perform a vNOTES procedure. Dr. Lax performs laparoscopic surgery through the body’s natural openings which requires advanced surgical skills that very few gynecologic surgeons possess.
Compared to Traditional Procedures
Traditionally, hysterectomies are performed through an incision to the abdomen, which requires a hospital stay of one or two days and a recovery period of six weeks before the patient can resume normal activities and physical exertion. Plus, traditional surgery leaves a scar.
- Cystectomy – removal of a cyst
- Hysterectomy – removal of uterus
- Salpingectomy – removal of fallopian tubes
- Oophorectomy – removal of ovaries
- Salpingo-oophorectomy – removal of ovaries and fallopian tubes
- Tubal ligation – female sterilization