Minimally Invasive Surgery

Women's Clinic of the Rio Grande Valley -  - Gynecology

Women's Clinic of the Rio Grande Valley

Gynecology & Obstetrics located in McAllen, TX & Edinburg, TX

Few things have revolutionized women’s health to the same extent as minimally invasive surgery techniques. In the hands of a skilled specialist like Fernando Otero, MD, of Women's Clinic of the Rio Grande Valley in McAllen and Edinburg, Texas, these surgical procedures can create astounding results with far fewer risks than traditional open surgical procedures. To learn more, schedule an appointment with Dr. Otero online or by phone.

Minimally Invasive Surgery Q & A

What is minimally invasive surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery involves using tools and techniques that gain access to the surgical site without the need for large incisions. Most of these procedures can be completed in an exam room or in the hospital on an outpatient basis.

Several types of minimally invasive surgical approaches are used to treat gynecologic conditions. Hysteroscopic surgery is done through the vagina and requires no external incisions.  

Advanced laparoscopic surgery uses a thin tube with a light and camera to access the surgical site. Real-time imaging is displayed on a monitor, giving Dr. Otero an excellent view of the targeted tissue and surrounding structures. Only a few small incisions are necessary, and Dr. Otero uses incredibly slim surgical tools are used to perform the procedure.  

Some procedures make use of robotic surgical systems to perform the procedure, although the system always remains under the complete control of the surgeon. Robotic surgery allows for greater precision and flexibility than the human hand is capable of performing.

What procedures can be performed using minimally invasive surgical techniques?

A wide range of surgical interventions can be done using minimally invasive techniques. Some examples include:

  • Endometrial ablation
  • Removal of uterine fibroids
  • Hysterectomy
  • Tubal ligation
  • Treatment of endometriosis
  • Repair of congenital deformities
  • Treatment of vulvar disorders
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Cervical incompetence
  • Cervical loop electrode excision procedure


Minimally invasive techniques also play an important role in the diagnostic process, allowing Dr. Otero to examine your internal structures to look for abnormalities.

What are the benefits of minimally invasive surgery?

There are many great reasons to consider minimally invasive gynecologic procedures as an alternative to traditional open surgery. Some of the most important include:

  • Smaller incisions
  • Reduced risk of bleeding
  • Faster recovery
  • Speedier return to normal daily activities
  • Shorter hospital stay


There are cases where open surgery remains the best possible treatment path. Dr. Otero will fully explain the pros and cons of all treatment options, giving you the details you need to make an informed decision about your care.

To get started, book an appointment with Dr. Otero today. Online scheduling makes it easy to set up a visit that fits your schedule, or you can always call and speak with a member of the administrative staff.