Knowing your options for pelvic health

By Regina Arnold

Well Health QualityThe second most common surgery for a woman is a hysterectomy; 10 to 15 percent of women suffer from endometriosis and 1 in 3 women experience urinary incontinence sometime during their lifetime.
With these statistics, it is essential that women be well informed regarding the advanced procedures that are available to them.

The Las Vegas Minimally Invasive Surgery and Women’s Pelvic Health Center makes certain that their patients are aware of the different procedures available to women and their pelvic health needs. In the past, when women needed gynecological surgery, they would be admitted into the hospital for a three-to five day stay followed by a six-to-eight week recovery at home. This was the normal procedure for gynecological doctors.

However, with the ever-evolving practice of medicine, the times have changed. The new standard of care at the LVMISWPHC is evidence of this. “Women need to be made aware of the many options that are available to them,” said Dr. Warren Volker, medical director at the LVMIS-WPHC, “The times of long recoveries are in the past, minimally invasive procedures offer increased safety, faster recovery and less scarring.”

Minimally invasive surgeries allow patients a quicker recovery time with a significantly lower amount of pain. Unlike traditional surgery, minimally invasive procedures do not involve large incisions. With MIS, small incisions—about the size of a pencil eraser—are made just large enough for minuscule cameras equipped with microscopes and tiny fiber-optic flashlights. Surgeons use this micro-technology to view inside the patient’s body on a high-definition monitor. “It is very rare to have to perform a traditional open hysterectomy, a technique in which the surgeon would use a T-cut to perform the surgery,” said Dr. Volker, “One of the main reasons this is still a standard procedure for most physicians is that they have not yet been sufficiently trained to perform minimally invasive procedures.”

With smaller incisions there is less trauma caused to the patient’s body including less blood loss, making the surgery safer. There is also less scarring since the incision only requires one to two stitches. Patients who have undergone MIS stay up to 23 hours in the hospital with an at home recovery of up to two weeks.

Dr. Volker and his staff have been working toward raising awareness of MIS surgical options since 2001, not only with his patients but also with physicians worldwide. “It is my hope that we can continue to train women’s health care professionals through our fellowship and resident education programs. This enables them to provide patients with a higher standard of Women’s care.”

LVMIS-WPHC is recognized as a WellHealth Center of Excellence with a dual mission of providing state-of-the-art procedures to patients worldwide and providing education and training to over 3,500 physicians, domestic and internationally. With emphasis on patient education, the medical team at LVMIS-WPHC takes the time to assess each patient and provide them with only the highest quality of patient care. For more information visit