Women’s Surgery

Whether a woman is experiencing abnormal bleeding, undergoing a hysterectomy or having a laparoscopic tubal ligation, our gynecological surgeons recognize the feelings of uneasiness gynecological procedures can prodcue. Each of our teammembers is careful, precise and thoughtful. With our da Vinci robotic surgical technology, hysterectomy patients expereince less pain, lose less blood and return home more quickly than ever before.

Routine Procedures

Breast Biopsy

In a breast biopsy, a small amount of tissue or fluid is removed from the breast. This tissue or fluid is sent to the lab for evaluation. A biopsy may be used to determine whether the tissue or fluid is malignant (cancerous) or benign (not harmful) or if there is an infection present. A breast biopsy may be done by making a small incision and removing all or part of the growth. In some cases, instead of making an incision, the doctor is able to obtain the sample by using a needle to withdraw the fluid or tissue.

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Dilation and Curettage (D&C)

A dilatation and curettage is a surgery in which the doctor uses instruments to open (dilate) the cervix, which is the entrance to the uterus. This is done so that the inside of the uterus can be cleaned off or scrapped (curettage). The D&C may be done:

  • After a miscarriage.
  • To evaluate or treat abnormal or excessive vaginal bleeding.
  • To remove and examine polyps, fibroid tumors, or other growths from the walls of the
  • uterus.
  • To evaluate why a woman is having severe pain with her period or low in her abdomen.
  • To evaluate why a woman is unable to get pregnant.

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Endometrial Ablation

Endometrial ablation can be an alternative to hysterectomy. During the procedure, a narrow, lighted viewing tube (the size of a pencil) called a hysteroscope is inserted through the vagina and cervix into the uterus. A tiny camera that is attached shows the uterus on a monitor. There are several ways the endometrial lining can be ablated (destroyed). Those methods include laser, radio waves, electrical current, freezing, hot water (balloon), or heated loop. The instruments are inserted through the tube to perform the ablation. A laparoscopy may also be performed at the same time to be sure there are not other conditions that might require treatment or further surgery. In a laparoscopy, a small, lighted scope is used to look at the other organs in the pelvis.

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