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Speed recovery, reduce pain & lower your risk of infection

When possible, Novant Health gynecologic surgeons use minimally invasive surgery over traditional surgery for faster recovery, to minimize pain and discomfort during healing, and to reduce infection risks.

Traditional laparoscopic surgery uses several small incisions in the abdomen and pelvis to insert cameras and surgical tools, Novant Health also offers single incision laparoscopic surgery (SILS™ ), a revolutionary technique with one small incision in the belly button.

Robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery, performed with the da Vinci® Surgical System, allows surgeons to use miniaturized robotic arms to perform surgery. This technology provides better visibility, dexterity, precision and control for more complex procedures.

At Novant Health, we perform the following procedures:


Your provider may recommend a hysterectomy if you have fibroids, severe endometriosis, a prolapsed uterus, cervix, ovarian, or uterine cancer, vaginal bleeding or chronic pelvic pain. An hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus, and may include other pelvic organs. Partial hysterectomies may only remove a portion of the uterus.

Abdominal hysterectomy - The uterus is removed through the abdomen via a surgical incision about six to eight inches long. It's most commonly used when the ovaries and fallopian tubes are being removed, an enlarged uterus, or when disease has spread to the pelvic cavity, as in endometriosis or cancer. The main surgical incision can be made either vertically, from the navel down to the pubic bone, or horizontally, along the top of the pubic hairline.

Vaginal hysterectomy - The uterus is removed through the vaginal opening. This procedure is most often used in cases of uterine prolapse, or when vaginal repairs are necessary for related conditions. No external incision is made, which means there is no visible scarring.

 Dilation and Curettage (D&C)

Involves enlarging the cervix to clean the uterine lining, often performed to prevent infection, heavy bleeding, and after a miscarriage or an abortion. It may be used to remove fibroid or cancerous growths or to correct hormone imbalances.

 Endometriosis Treatment

This condition occurs If your uterine lining, the endometrium, grows cells on the outside the womb. It can cause bleeding and severe pain. We may prescribe oral or injected hormones to slow the growth of endometriosis, or provide laparoscopic surgery.


A minimally invasive procedure that enables our surgeons to inspect the uterine cavity, and if needed, remove fibroids or cancers, stop abnormal bleeding, or treat other conditions.

 Uterine Fibroid Removal
About 25 percent of women have noncancerous, benign fibroids in the uterus that can cause pain or bleeding, blocked openings in the uterus, or bladder pain or pressure. Our surgeons use minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery to treat this, with minimal scarring and quick recovery.
 Urinary Incontinence Treatment

If you’re experiencing stress-related female urinary incontinence, your provider may suggest a bladder sling. It produces enough urethral compression to allow you to regain control of your bladder and can be placed during a minimally invasive procedure.

Centers of Excellence

Several Novant Health hospitals have been recognized as Centers of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG) by the AAGL and Surgical Review Corporation. This designation solidifies our commitment to:

  • Adopting new technologies in the field of minimally invasive gynecology
  • Educating patients about their minimally invasive gynecologic options