As women age, their bodies change and they sometimes they encounter situations that require special attention. Your physician may recommend a gynecological procedure or surgery to further evaulate or treat a GYN condition. The gynecologic surgery program at Texas Health Resources Center for Diagnostics & Surgery has been recognized by several leading organizations, including Healthgrades, for outstanding quality, outcomes and patient satisfaction. Minimally invasive surgery has been used to treat many kinds of gynecologic conditions.
Patients undergoing minimally invasive surgery often experience faster recovery and shorter hospitalization than with traditional open surgery. Many gynecologic surgeries can also be performed as robot-assisted, using the da Vinci® Surgical System.
Common gynecologic surgical procedures performed at Texas Health Center for Diagnostics & Surgery include:
Myomectomy is a surgical procedure to remove symptom-causing fibroids (such as heavy menstrual bleeding) in the uterus. The procedure may be performed via open surgery (traditional surgery – surgical instruments are inserted through a large incision), laparoscopic surgery (surgical instruments are inserted through a smaller incision with a laparoscope) or robot-assisted (da Vinci Surgical System – surgeon operates with the assistance of a 3D high-definition vision system where smaller incisions are made).
This procedure destroys the endomentrium – the lining of the uterus. This procedure is done when heavy menstrual flow occurs. Your physician will insert a tool through the cervix to apply heat or cold to destroy the endomentrium.
The Essure procedure is a method of permanent birth control. A small metal coil is placed in the fallopian tubes, and over time, scar tissue grows around it so that pregnancy cannot occur.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when the muscles and ligaments supporting a woman’s pelvic organs weaken and cause the pelvic organs to slip out of place. There are several surgical strategies to repair the organs. Talk with your surgeon about which option is right for you.
Cystocele (Bladder Prolapse) surgery
Bladder prolapse is a condition in which the supportive pelvic floor muscles and ligaments weaken and allow the back of the bladder to sag into the vagina. Your physician may order surgical intervention if the condition cannot be managed with other treatments.
A Dilation and Curettage, also known as a “D&C”, is a common surgical procedure used to diagnose or treat abnormal uterine bleeding, such as heavy or prolonged menstruation and unexplained bleeding between periods.
A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure that involves removing some, most or all of the reproductive organs including the cervix, fallopian tubes, ovaries and uterus. How much is removed depends upon the reason for the hysterectomy.
Supracervical or subtotal hysterectomy: Removal of the upper part of the uterus, keeping the cervix in place.
Total hyserectomy: Removal of the entire uterus and cervix.
Radical hysterectomy: Removal of the entire uterus, tissue on the sides of the uterus, the cervix and the top part of the vagina. Radical hysterectomy is generally only performed when cancer is present.
A ooperctomy is the surgical removal of the ovaries.
A hysteroscopy is a procedure that allows your physician to look inside your uterus in order to diagnose and treat causes of abnormal bleeding. The procedure is done using a hysteroscope, a thin, lighted tube that allows examination of the cervix and the uterus. It may be done in conjunction with other procedures, such as a dilation and curettage (D&C).
LEEP Procedure (Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure)
“LEEP” (Loop electrosurgical excision procedure) is used to diagnose and treat abnormal cervical cells. The procedure allows your physician to remove the abnormal tissue and test it for cancer.