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Traditional Abdominal Surgery

Traditional abdominal surgery refers to operating through an open abdominal incision known as a laparotomy. A laparotomy can be performed through a transverse incision or a vertical incision.

  • Transverse incisions are frequently called “Bikini Incisions” due their transverse location just above, or within, the hairline which can frequently be hidden by a bikini bottom.
  • Vertical incisions typically go up and down between the pubic bone and belly button, and typically take longer to heal.
  • Although some procedures (such as certain cancer surgeries) require a vertical incision, we make every effort to perform open abdominal incisions in a transverse manner to optimize healing and recovery.

We pride ourselves in providing the most extensive, state of the art, minimally invasive gynecologic surgeries in Western Massachusetts.  However, there are certain medical situations when open abdominal surgery is still necessary and ultimately best for the patient. Our extensive surgical experience, and respect for our patients, guides our approach to open abdominal procedures such as Total Abdominal Hysterectomy. (Click here to learn more about hysterectomy.)

In every instance, we make a concerted effort to keep our incisions as small as possible and to use minimally invasive techniques to reduce tissue trauma whenever possible and medically appropriate. This speeds up recovery and reduces postoperative pain and adhesions.

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