At A Woman’s View, we treat a variety of different gynecological issues and conditions. If you come into our office for an appointment and we recommend gynecologic surgery for your condition, we realize that your first reaction may be to panic. However, we encourage you to keep in mind that many gynecological operations are minor. Our goal is to get you back to your normal routine as soon as possible.
One of our main goals is to provide you with compassionate healthcare services. For this reason, if we determine that you need gynecologic surgery, we will take the time to go over the procedure, the benefits and risks of the operation and what you can expect as you recover. This way, you feel comfortable and confident moving forward.
After the surgery is over we will support your recovery and will carefully monitor your progress.
At A Woman’s View, we take pride in the fact that our gynecology department is comprised of a team dedicated to providing excellent patient care. To find out more about gynecologic surgery, or to seek a second opinion, give us a call.
If you and your clinician have talked about a hysterectomy, it’s safe to say you may be feeling overwhelmed. The thought of this type of procedure can be an unsettling prospect. That’s why we want you to understand all of your options.
Your doctor may suggest a hysterectomy if you have any of the following:
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Uncontrollable vaginal bleeding
- Cancer of the uterus, cervix or ovaries
- Fibroids, which are benign tumors that grow in the uterus
- Pelvic inflammatory disease, which is a serious infection of the reproductive organs
- Uterine prolapse, which occurs when the uterus drops through the cervix and protrudes from the vagina
- Endometriosis, which is a disorder in which the inner lining of the uterus grows outside of the uterine cavity, causing pain and bleeding
- Adenomyosis, which is a condition in which the inner lining of the uterus grows into the muscles of the uterus
Once you have a hysterectomy, you will no longer have menstrual periods, and you will not be able to get pregnant.
Types of Hysterectomies
- The uterus is removed through an incision in the abdomen
- This procedure gives the surgeon a good view of the uterus and other organs, and is especially helpful for large tumors or risk of cancer
- A longer recovery time and abdominal scarring are considerations
- The uterus is removed through the vagina
- There’s no abdominal scarring; slightly shorter recovery time
Laparoscopically-assisted vaginal hysterectomy:
- The uterus is removed through vagina; the surgeon can see pelvic organs on a screen through a light-transmitting laparoscope
- Additional small cuts are made in the abdomen to assist the surgery
- Recovery is similar to vaginal hysterectomy; however, the procedure may take longer
- Two types: laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy (LSH), which leaves the cervix in place; and total laparoscopic hysterectomy (TLH), which removes both the uterus and the cervix
- The uterus is removed in small pieces through small incisions in the abdomen
- Shorter recovery time than abdominal and possibly vaginal hysterectomy
Hysterectomies are covered by most insurance plans. During your consultation with one of our gynecologists, she will go over the risks and benefits of this surgery with you and help you understand what to expect.
If you are suffering from fibroids and abnormal uterine bleeding, there is a new treatment that may end your discomfort.
MyoSure is a simple, incision-less, 30-minute procedure that can be done in the office. It replaces the need for a hysterectomy or myomectomy (more invasive surgery for the removal of fibroids), creating a much simpler, dramatically-shorter and non-invasive alternative, resulting in faster recovery time.
How it works:
- Your doctor dilates your cervix
- A slender viewing camera is inserted through your cervix, allowing your physician to see the inside of your uterus
- The MyoSure device is placed into the uterus to cut the fibroid into small pieces. The tissue is then suctioned out of the uterus.
- Clinically proven to reduce abnormal uterine bleeding symptoms caused by fibroids
- Overall effectiveness for reducing heavy bleeding caused by fibroids is greater than 90 percent with a less than 2 percent complication rate
- Recurrence rate is less than 20 percent at five years
MyoSure is covered by most insurance plans. During your consultation with one of our gynecologists, she will go over the risks and benefits of this procedure with you and help you understand what to expect if you choose this option.
If you suffer from chronic uterine bleeding, you may benefit from having ablation surgery. At A Woman’s View, we may recommend this procedure if your uterine bleeding has not responded to other treatment methods, you are done having children, or if you would prefer not to have a hysterectomy to control the bleeding.
One of the main benefits of ablation surgery is that it is usually performed as an outpatient procedure and typically takes less than an hour to complete. Although this procedure is relatively minor and you will likely be able to go home that same day, we encourage you to keep in mind that you will need a few days to rest and recover. In many cases, women who have ablation surgery experience nausea and cramping for a few days afterwards.
Novasure is covered by most insurance plans. During your consultation with one of our gynecologists, she will go over the risks and benefits of this procedure and help you understand what to expect from it if you choose this option.