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Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (MIGS)

Overview

The Minimally Invasive Gynecological (MIGS) program at Women & Infants Hospital offers complex surgical treatments of benign (non-cancerous) diseases. Our doctors have two years of additional fellowship training in advanced surgical techniques and are experts in benign gynecologic surgery.

As MIGS surgeons, our goal is to educate our patients using evidence-based research and patient reported outcomes in order to give you the best quality of care. We want to be your partner in making surgical decisions to improve your quality of life. Our experts will help guide you through the operative experience, from the initial consultation to recovery.

If you would like to set up a consultation to see a minimally invasive gynecologic surgeon please call 401-274-1122 ext. 42735  and ask for an appointment with MIGS.

Contact Information

Obstetrics and Gynecology Care Center
2 Dudley Street
Suite 580
Providence, RI 02905

WIH East Greenwich Medical Office Building
1050 Main Street
East Greenwich, RI 02818

CNEMG Comprehensive Surgical Services
101 Plain Street
Providence, RI 02903

P: (401) 274-1122 ext. 42735
F: (
401) 453-7684

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Conditions We Treat

  • Endometriosis

  • Abnormal and heavy periods

  • Pelvic pain

  • Uterine fibroids

  • Ovarian cysts

  • Infertility

  • Gender affirming surgery

MIGS surgeons are experts in many different surgical techniques. We will work with you to choose which option is best for your symptoms, health, and life goals. For almost all of these surgeries, it is safe to go home the same day.

 

Advantages of Minimally Invasive Surgery

  • Quicker recovery

  • Less pain

  • Faster return to work, school, and normal activities

  • Less time in the hospital (usually same-day surgery!)

  • Smaller, more cosmetic incisions

  • Lower rates of complications

  • Ability to treat complex pathology through small incisions

MIGS surgeons treat a wide variety of benign gynecologic conditions, affecting women of all ages. Specifically, our doctors specialize in severe endometriosis, pelvic pain, and large uterine fibroids. Using an interdisciplinary team, we treat the most refractory and complex cases. Our priority is respecting women’s fertility choices in regards to ovarian and uterine conservation.

 

Surgical Options

Hysteroscopy

Using a very small camera, your surgeon can look inside the uterus and remove any tissue that may be causing you symptoms.

Vaginal Surgery

Allows the surgeon to treat your symptoms without making any incisions on you belly as the entire surgery is done through the vagina.

Laparoscopy

The surgeon makes a small incision on your belly and inserts a camera to look into the pelvis. If there is a disease to be removed or biopsied, they make additional small incisions and use slender long instruments through them to complete the surgery.

Robotic Surgery

Is similar to laparoscopy however the surgeon uses robotic arms through the small incisions in your belly. The robotic arms allow for more range of motion and can help your surgeon perform more complex procedures.

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Questions to Ask Your Doctor if You Are Considering Surgery

  1. What options, surgical and non-surgical, do I have to treat my symptoms?

  2. What happens if I don't choose surgery?

  3. Can my surgery be performed using minimally invasive techniques? If not, can you refer me to someone who can perform the surgery minimally invasively, such as a MIGS surgeon?

  4. What is my recovery going to be like and how quickly can I return to my life?

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Meet the Team

Christine Foley, MD

Dr. Christine Foley, MD is an Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialist whose subspecialty is in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery.  She received her Doctorate of Medicine from the University Of Massachusetts Medical School and did her residency at New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Foley completed a two-year high volume fellowship in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery at Magee-Women's Hospital of UPMC associated with the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Foley is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.