While no woman wants to face surgery, today the vast majority of complex gynecologic conditions - from endometriosis to uterine fibroids, heavy periods to cancer - can now be treated effectively without a big incision. da Vinci Surgery only requires a few tiny incisions, so patients can get back to life faster - within days rather than the usual weeks required with traditional surgery. For most women, da Vinci Surgery offers numerous potential benefits over traditional open surgery, including:
Surpassing the limits of conventional laparoscopic surgery, da Vinci is revolutionizing gynecologic surgery for women. No wonder more and more women are choosing da Vinci Surgery for their hysterectomy.
Gynecare offers a chance to end excessive periods. The one-time procedure can be performed in about 30 minutes in a doctor’s office under local anesthesia. It requires no incisions. Following treatment, women can expect light and less painful periods, or possibly no periods at all.
NovaSure is an endometrial ablation procedure that provides an effective and minimally invasive alternative to hysterectomy. NovaSure delivers precisely measured electrical energy via a slender, handheld wand to remove the endometrial lining and control menorrhagia (excessive menstrual bleeding). The procedure requires no incisions and generally takes about 5 minutes.
The Essure procedure is a method of permanent birth control for women. Unlike tubal ligation and vasectomy, the Essure procedure does not involve cutting into the body and it offers a quick return to normal activities. The procedure can be performed in a doctor’s office and is covered by most health insurance plans.
A new minimally invasive surgical procedure is available to treat pelvic organ prolapse. The Gynecare Prolift uses specially designed supportive mesh placed in the pelvis to restore pelvic support. It is performed through very small incisions inside the vagina. Patient benefits include less pain and a quicker recovery.
Colposcopy is a way of looking at the cervix through a special magnifying device equipped with a light source. The colposcope can enlarge the normal view by 2-60 times. This allows the doctor to find problems that cannot be seen by the eye alone.
Hysteroscopy is a way to look inside the uterus using a thin, telescope-like device that is inserted into the uterus through the vagina and cervix. This may allow the doctor to diagnose and treat a uterine problem.
Laparoscopy is a way to look directly into the abdomen and at the reproductive organs. A laparoscope is a small telescope that is inserted into the abdomen through a tiny incision. It can be used if you have problems with infertility, and to check for ectopic pregnancy, the causes of pelvic pain, and masses.
Laporoscopic supracervical hysterectomy is a minimally invasive procedure designed to reduce pain. It can be done on an outpatient basis and leaves only small scars. With this procedure, the uterus is removed but the cervix is left in place. The ovaries and fallopian tubes may or may not be removed.
This new vaccine protects against the four types of HPV that cause the most cases of cervical cancer and genital warts. The vaccine is recommended for girls aged 11-12 years. However, it can be given to girls as young as 9 and young women aged 13-26 who have either not yet received the vaccine or have not completed all doses. The vaccine has been well-studied and appears to be safe and effective.