Minimally Invasive Surgery

Advanced Care for Women

Gynecology & Urogynecology located in Sanford, NC

Board-certified OB/GYN Paul Heimbecker, MD, FACOG, is highly skilled in advanced minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, including laparoscopic hysterectomies. He offers in-office consultations at Advanced Care for Women and performs most surgeries at Central Carolina Hospital in Sanford, North Carolina. To find out if you’re a candidate for a minimally invasive procedure to treat your gynecologic condition, call or book an appointment online today.

Minimally Invasive Surgery Q & A

What is minimally invasive surgery?

Minimally invasive surgery is a broad term that refers to a variety of techniques that Dr. Heimbecker may use to perform a surgical procedure while inflicting less damage to your body than traditional, open surgery.

Compared with open surgery, minimally invasive procedures involve less pain, reduced scarring, and a shorter hospital stay. In fact, most of Dr. Heimbecker’s patients go home the same day after a minimally invasive procedure.

Laparoscopy is a common minimally invasive procedure that Dr. Heimbecker uses to perform hysterectomies and other treatments. During laparoscopic surgery, Dr. Heimbecker makes a small incision, about the size of a buttonhole.

He inserts the laparoscope, a thin, flexible instrument with a light and camera that allows him to see the inside of your body without making a large cut. In addition to visually diagnosing problems, laparoscopy allows Dr. Heimbecker to treat problems with miniature surgical tools.

What are different types of minimally invasive procedures?

Dr. Heimbecker has advanced training in a variety of minimally invasive techniques. Depending on your needs, he may offer one of the following procedures:

Laparoscopic hysterectomy

During a laparoscopic hysterectomy, Dr. Heimbecker uses a laparoscope to remove all or part of the uterus through tiny incisions in the abdomen.

Laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy

This procedure is similar to a laparoscopic hysterectomy, but Dr. Heimbecker removes only the upper portion of your uterus, leaving the cervix intact.

Vaginal hysterectomy

During a vaginal hysterectomy, Dr. Heimbecker removes the uterus through a small incision in your vagina. This procedure leaves no visible scar.


This procedure allows Dr. Heimbecker to examine your bladder and urethra with a long, thin instrument called a cystoscope. Similar to a laparoscope, a cystoscope contains a light and lens.


A hysteroscopy is another procedure that involves a long, thin, lighted instrument. Dr. Heimbecker inserts the hysteroscope into the opening of your cervix to view the inside of your uterus.

What conditions can you treat with minimally invasive surgery?

Dr. Heimbecker recommends minimally invasive procedures whenever possible. He uses minimally invasive techniques to treat a variety of conditions, such as:

  • Endometriosis
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Ovarian cysts and masses
  • Urinary incontinence


To learn more about your treatment options with minimally invasive surgery, call Advanced Care for Women or book an appointment online today.