Minimally Invasive Surgery

Minimally Invasive Surgery for Gynecologic Conditions

The University of Michigan’s Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Program is proud to be a national leader in minimally invasive surgery options, including robot-assisted laparoscopy, for benign (non-cancerous) gynecologic conditions.  As a multidisciplinary clinical and research program, our high volume, long experience, very low complication rate, and expertise in performing complex procedures make University of Michigan a premier site for minimally invasive surgery. 

Our team offers a broad range of surgical and medical treatment options for treatment of:

  • Uterine fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Pelvic masses
  • Adenomyosis (uterine thickening)
  • Pelvic adhesive disease
  • Congenital anomalies of the reproductive tract
  • Chronic pelvic pain

Why choose Michigan?

Cutting-edge Treatment
University of Michigan is a pioneer in utilizing robotic technology for gynecological surgery.  Our state-of-the-art robotic surgical system provides a less invasive, more precise approach to surgery that is not offered widely in the region or even nationally.  Complex surgeries can be performed through small incisions.  As a result, patients experience a shorter hospital stay, less pain and scarring, are at less risk of wound infections, and return to normal activities more quickly when compared to traditional surgeries. 

The University of Michigan is one of the first institutions in the nation where robotic procedures in gynecology were performed, and continues to be a leader in this field with over 10 years of experience in gynecologic robotic surgery.  Our team has been instrumental in defining the role of robotic surgery in gynecology.   Yearly we perform hundreds of gynecologic procedures safely and efficiently with the use of various minimally invasive techniques, including robot-assisted laparoscopy. 

Able to do What Other Centers Can’t
Our team of experts has long-term experience in complex cases to offer minimally invasive surgery to women who normally would not be considered candidates at other centers around the country.  If surgery is found to be an appropriate option, we can offer a minimally invasive approach to most patients, even when they are told by other physicians that a laparoscopic approach is not possible.  In the area of benign gynecological surgery, the Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Program is a leader in robotic myomectomy and robotic hysterectomy — with extensive experience in using this technology to address complex pathology such as large uterine fibroids, advanced endometriosis, and severe pelvic adhesive disease. 

Advanced Training
All of our physicians are fellowship-trained specialists in minimally invasive surgery for gynecologic conditions.  This means that all of our doctors have obtained an additional 2 years of specialized surgical training in advanced laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgery techniques.  Our clinical practice is dedicated exclusively to the care of women with complex, benign gynecologic conditions.  This means that as a group, we perform the highest number of and have the greatest experience in minimally invasive surgeries for benign conditions in the region.

Our Team:

Sawsan As-Sanie, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Director, Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery and Fellowship
Director, Endometriosis Center

Bethany Skinner, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Courtney Lim, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

Contact Information:

Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital
            1540 E. Hospital Drive Floor 9
            Ann Arbor MI 48109
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