Laparoscopic Surgery Specialist

Capital Women's Care

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Montgomery, Bethesda, MD

When you need a gynecological surgery, you want an experienced surgeon and the least invasive procedure possible. At Capital Women’s Care - Bethesda, the board-certified team, which includes Dr. Lewis Townsend, Dr. John Gschwend, and Dr. Deena Kleinerman, specializes in gynecological laparoscopic surgeries. To learn more about these surgical procedures and to see if laparoscopic surgery is right for you, call Capital Women’s Care in Bethesda, Maryland today.

Laparoscopic Surgery Q & A

What are the benefits of laparoscopic surgery?

Laparoscopic surgery offers a wide range of benefits over traditional gynecological surgeries. Laparoscopic procedures use small incisions, mostly less than an inch long, to insert small cameras and tools into the surgical area, where traditional surgery requires a wide incision, often from hip to hip.

Because the incisions are so much smaller, the laparoscopic surgery is less invasive and requires shorter recovery time. There are often fewer restrictions and less pain involved during the postoperative period. These benefits lead to a shorter hospital stay and fewer complications overall.


How does laparoscopic surgery work?

Most of the time, your gynecologist performs laparoscopic surgeries with patients under general anesthesia. If it’s an outpatient procedure, you should bring a friend or family member to drive you home.

Once the anesthesia takes effect, the doctor inserts a catheter to empty your bladder. They use a small needle to fill your treatment area with gas, which allows the doctor to have a better view during surgery.

A small incision is made and the laparoscope, a camera on a thin tube, is inserted. The camera’s image displays on a screen in front of the doctor. Depending on the procedure, the doctor makes one or two small incisions and inserts surgical tools to perform the surgery.

Once the surgery is complete, closure and stitching are minor tasks.


What types of gynecological laparoscopic surgeries are offered?

At Capital Women’s Care - Bethesda, the team uses laparoscopy to diagnosis and treat a range of gynecological conditions, including:

  • Endometriosis
  • Fibroids
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Pelvic support problems
  • Prolapsed uterus
  • Cancer

The practice also uses laparoscopic procedures for sterilization and both laparoscopic hysterectomies and laparoscopically-assisted vaginal hysterectomies. Sometimes, these procedures are used to determine what’s causing unexplained uterine pain or bleeding.

When you need a gynecological surgery, you don’t have to go the traditional, invasive route. Those surgeries leave prominent scars and have a lengthy recovery period, increasing your risk of infections and complications.

Call the board-certified gynecological surgeons at Capital Women’s Care - Bethesda today to schedule your initial appointment. You can even book online.