Restoring Women̕ s Health
LAURIANNE SCOTT, DO, FACOG DEIDRE ARMS, CNP TINA SMIDEBUSH, MSN
Endometrial Ablation is a procedure performed to destroy the lining of a woman’s uterus. This method is most often used or recommended for women who suffer from excessive or prolonged bleeding during their menstrual cycle but cannot or do not wish to undergo a hysterectomy. The procedure is most commonly done in the office or in an outpatient surgical setting. Pregnancy after an ablation is not recommended because it can be life threatening to the mother and unborn child, so birth control is necessary.
Hysteroscopy is the inspection of the uterine cavity by a scope (endoscopy) with access through the cervix. It allows for the diagnosis of problems inside the uterus.
Colposcopy is a procedure used to examine the cervix and the tissues of the vagina and vulva by a magnified scope (colposcope). Many precancer and cancerous lesions in these areas have certain characteristics that can be detected with this exam. It is used to distinguish normal from abnormal tissue, and biopsies may be taken. The main goal is to prevent cervical cancer by detecting and treating precancerous lesions early.
Endometrial Biopsy is the removal of a sample of the lining of the uterus. The tissue is examined to aid the physician in a diagnosis of intrauterine problems.
Skin Biopsies or Lesion Removal is the removal or taking of a small piece of the lesion on the skin under local anesthesia in a physician’s office.
Intrauterine Device is a form of birth control that is placed into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. There are two types available today: copper containing device (www.paragard.com) and a hormone containing device (www.mirena.com). The insertion and removal occur in the physician’s office and is safe as well as highly effective at preventing pregnancy. These are long lasting up to five-ten years depending on the type used and can be removed at any time.
Nexplanon is a form of birth control that is inserted just under the skin of a woman’s upper arm. It is a single rod containing a small amount of hormone (progestin) that lasts for three years.
Pessary Fitting is a small plastic or silicone medical device that is inserted into the vagina and held in place by the pelvic floor musculature. A fitting appointment with a health care professional is necessary to determine the correct size for the woman.
LEEP is a treatment for abnormal cells on the cervix. LEEP—short for Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure—removes abnormal tissue using a thin wire loop that carries an electrical current. It may be performed after abnormal cells are found during a Pap test, colposcopy, or biopsy.
Tubal Ligation is a type of permanent birth control—also known as having your tubes tied or tubal sterilization. During a tubal ligation, the fallopian tubes are cut or blocked to permanently prevent pregnancy.
Laparoscopy is a modern surgical procedure where a scope is placed thru the umbilicus to gain access into the abdomen. This method can view the entire abdomen and pelvis and is used for a diagnosis and treatment can then be done.
Hysterectomy is a surgery to remove a woman’s uterus and if indicated fallopian tubes and ovaries. We perform different methods of hysterectomy including vaginal hysterectomy, abdominal hysterectomy and laparoscopic assisted vaginal hysterectomy.
Pelvic Prolapse Repair is a minimally invasive surgical technique that provides a safe and durable method for reconstruction of the pelvic floor and its contents without the need for a large abdominal incision.