Gynecologic Surgery

Gynecologic surgeries once required large incisions and long recovery times. Now, we perform minimally invasive procedures using techniques such as laparoscopy with or without robotic assistance. In this way, procedures such as hysterectomies and myomectomies are faster, safer, and need less recovery time.

We can perform a variety of services including the following:

Colposcopy: We use colposcopy to identify cancer or changes caused by the human papillomavirus. We might also take a small sample of tissue (biopsy) for further testing. Some patients have light bleeding or discharge for up to a week.

Loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP): This 20- to 30-minute procedure helps treat abnormal cells on the surface of the cervix and prevent development of cervical cancer. We use wire loops attached to an electrosurgical generator to remove the affected tissue. We may also send a tissue sample for further evaluation.

Hysteroscopy: This procedure lets us examine, diagnose, and treat abnormalities in the lining of the uterus (endometrium). We use a tool with a light and camera at the end. We may also take a small tissue sample for testing. Hysteroscopy can also help remove an intrauterine device.

Dilation and Curettage (D&C): We use this approach to collect tissue from the uterus (endometrium). We dilate, or widen, the cervix, and insert instruments into the uterus to remove the tissue.

Minimally Invasive Surgery

Laparoscopy is a type of minimally invasive procedure performed under general anesthesia. We make a small incision in the belly button to insert a camera. We can also insert surgical instruments if needed. Recovery time and symptoms vary. Advantages include:

  • Less time in hospital
  • Quicker recovery
  • Fewer complications

Most patients can go home the day of surgery and resume most activities the next day. You may want to avoid strenuous activities for a week. We perform several types of minimally invasive procedures, including:

  • Cancer prevention
  • Endometrial ablation
  • Endometrial biopsy
  • Sterilization
  • Treatment for ectopic pregnancy
  • Treatment of ovarian cysts
  • Treatment of uterine fibroids