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The branch of physiology and medicine that deals with the functions and diseases specific to women and girls, especially those affecting the reproductive system.

Knowing What to Expect

Preparing for surgery can feel overwhelming or scary if you don’t know what to expect. You may have some unanswered questions and worries that make you feel this way. Knowing what to expect will help you feel less nervous and more in control.

Gynecologic surgeries fall under diagnostic and therapeutic categories.

Depending on whether the goal is to determine a diagnosis or manage an existing condition, our procedures can support either goal or a combination of both. Some common gynecologic procedures include:

Hysteroscopy: Hysteroscopy is the inspection of the uterine cavity by endoscopy with access through the cervix. It allows for the diagnosis of intrauterine pathology and serves as a method for surgical intervention.

Hysterectomy: This procedure removes a woman’s uterus, and occasionally, the ovaries and fallopian tubes. This procedure is done to treat various conditions, some of the most common being endometriosis, cancer, abnormal vaginal bleeding, uterine fibroids, adenomyosis, and severe uterine prolapse.

Endometrial Ablation:  Endometrial ablation removes a thin layer of the lining of the uterus. Menstrual bleeding does not stop but is reduced to normal or lighter levels. If ablation does not control heavy bleeding, further treatment or surgery may be needed.

Pubovaginal sling: The pubovaginal sling is a minimally invasive therapy used to treat female stress incontinence, the unwanted leakage of urine that occurs when there is a rise in abdominal pressure when coughing, sneezing, laughing, lifting, or standing. In this 30 minute sling surgery, a small ½ inch incision is made in the vaginal area, and a hammock of durable mesh material is placed under the urine tube (urethra) to support it whenever abdominal pressures rise. This additional support resolves the leakage problem in approximately 90% of patients.

Single-Site Laparoscopic Hysterectomy: Single-Site Laparoscopic Surgery is an alternative to conventional multiport laparoscopy. Single-site laparoscopy utilizes a transumbilical port, which results in maximum cosmetic benefits because the surgical incision is hidden in the umbilicus.