Since 1985 the physicians at Fairfax OB-GYN Associates, P.C. have been performing minimally invasive surgery. They are members of the American Association of Gynecological Laparoscopists (AAGL). Also they are members of the Council of Gynecologic Endoscopists (CGE).
If you should need a surgical procedure, your first step would be a consult with one of our gynecologists. If needed, you can meet with the anesthesiologist, prior to surgery for consultation. Many minimally invasive surgeries are done as an out-patient, same day procedure. After discharge from the hospital our staff will follow up with you at home over the phone, usually the day after you get home. We also offer in-office minimally invasive procedures. Please schedule a consult with one of our professionals to learn more about these types of surgeries.
What is Laparoscopy?
Gynecologists have used the laparoscope for more than 25 years. This slender instrument contains a magnifying lens and a light source. When passed through a tiny incision in your abdomen, the laparoscope shines light into your body and provides your gynecologist with a clear view of your internal reproductive organs. Laparoscopy is often used to find the cause of abdominal pain, infertility or other problems in the reproductive organs. The laparoscope is attached to a video camera and monitor to provide a larger image. When a laparoscope is used along with specialized surgical instruments, procedures that once required full abdominal incisions can now be performed through tiny incisions. TLH (Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy) is one such procedure. With a TLH procedure, you will have less pain, a shorter hospital stay, and a faster recovery than with abdominal hysterectomy. Our robotics procedures take this concept to the next level with regards to less pain, shorter hospital stay, and faster recovery.
How will having a Certified Registered Nurse First Assistant (CRNFA) help you during surgery?
A CRNFA is an expert educated in the art of perioperative surgery, learning the physiology and technical skills necessary to assist you and your physicians during your operative period. This may include your preoperative education and preparation. The CRNFA acts as the “second pair of hands” in all major OR cases. If minor cases require assistance, she is also called to attend the surgery. She has been trained in all operative procedures performed by the physicians at Fairfax Ob-Gyn Associates. She also assists in obstetrical deliveries that require operative intervention, such as cesarean section. She is available to speak with you about your surgery, explaining what your expectations should be, and giving you details about the surgery and postoperative course. The morning of your surgery, she will be available to talk with you again, offer you reassurance and assist with preparations for your operation.
The CRNFA acts as your advocate in meeting your needs, dealing with the hospital staff, and acts as a liaison for you to your physician and caretakers. She will assist in your postoperative course, meeting any needs that might arise, or referring you to the appropriate person who can help you.