Because our doctors are obstetric and gynecologic surgeons, we can handle a number of surgical procedures for our patients. Surgeries are performed at Piedmont Hospital (www.piedmonthospital.org). Procedures we provide include:
- Minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery to treat ovarian cysts, endometriosis, pelvic pain, and provide permanent contraception
- Hysterectomy (laparoscopic, laparoscopic assisted, vaginal, and abdominal)
- Myomectomy (removal of fibroids)
- Dilation and Curettage
- Endometrial Ablation
What is a fibroid tumor?
Fibroid tumors grow in the uterus. Most are benign, but very rarely they can be malignant. Symptoms can include pelvic pain, increased menstrual flow, infertility, constipation and bloating.
Learn more about uterine fibroids from ACOG at www.acog.org/womens-health/faqs/uterine-fibroids.
What is a myomectomy?
Myomectomy is the surgical removal of fibroid tumors. It ranges from hysteroscopic removal to laparoscopic procedures where the fibroid is destroyed, to a more traditional surgical approach where an incision is made and the fibroid is removed.
When is a hysterectomy performed?
Hysterectomies are performed to treat a variety of conditions including symptomatic fibroids, heavy menses, prolapse, various cancers of the reproductive organs, severe endometriosis and chronic pelvic pain.
What is a hysteroscopy?
A hysteroscopy is a minor surgical procedure used to evaluate and possibly treat the cause of abnormal bleeding or possible abnormalities in your uterus. Your doctor inserts a very thin sterile telescopic device attached to a camera through the cervix and into the uterus so she can see if there are any growths or abnormalities. It is performed along with a D&C.
Learn more about hysteroscopy from ACOG at www.acog.org/womens-health/faqs/hysteroscopy.
What is Dilatation and Curettage?
Known as a “D&C”, this procedure is used to obtain a sample of the lining of the uterus for examination. The cervix is dilated and the lining of the uterus is gently scraped with an instrument known as a curette. This is sometimes done to complete a miscarriage.
Learn more about Dilatation and Curettage from ACOG at www.acog.org/womens-health/faqs/dilation-and-curettage.
What is laparoscopy?
Laparoscopy is a way of doing surgery using small incisions (cuts). It is different from "open" surgery where the incision on the skin can be several inches long. Laparoscopic surgery sometimes is called "minimally invasive surgery."
Learn more about laparoscopy from ACOG at www.acog.org/Patients/FAQs/Laparoscopy.
What is an endometrial ablation?
Endometrial ablation destroys 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.
Learn more about endometrial ablation from ACOG at www.acog.org/womens-health/faqs/endometrial-ablation.