When is Surgery Necessary?
Every year, millions of women undergo a variety of gynecology surgical procedures to diagnose potential health issues, and to treat conditions like cervical cancer or breast cancer.
Many gynecology surgeries are non-invasive and don’t require a long post-op stay.
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Most of the time, your OBGYN will recommend laparoscopic surgery instead of traditional open surgery to help diagnose and treat certain conditions.
Laparoscopic surgery can be used to perform hysterectomies in addition to removal of ovarian cysts and tubal ligation.
This type of surgery leaves minimal scarring and offers a much shorter healing time and recovery process.
As a woman, there are many reasons why you made need a hysteroscopy. Before your OBGYN recommends this procedure, they will extensively review your medical history and symptoms.
A diagnostic hysteroscopy is used to help your physician diagnose potential issues with your uterus. A hysteroscopy may also be used to confirm diagnosis from certain tests.
If further evaluation is needed after a diagnostic hysteroscopy, then your doctor may recommend an operative hysteroscopy.
LEEP Cervical Conization
A LEEP Cervical Conization is also known as a cone biopsy, because cone-shaped tissue is removed from the cervix and examined diagnostically.
You doctor could recommend a cervical conization if you have an abnormal pap smear or if they think a further diagnostic exam is needed.
LEEP stands for Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure. A LEEP procedure is often recommended if further biopsy is needed of the cervix.
Usually, there are minimal complications associated with the procedure and most patients are able to return to a normal routine between 1-3 days.
A tubal ligation is commonly known as "getting your tubes tied". The procedure is usually performed when a woman decides she no longer wants to have children.
During the procedure, a woman’s tubes are tied, cut or blocked and recovery time is minimal. Most of the time, tubal ligation is a form of permanent birth control.
The procedure is usually irreversible and should only be done if the patient is sure she doesn’t want to have children in the future.
D&C Procedure (Dilation and Curettage)
A D&C procedure, also known as dilation and curettage, is when the cervix is dilated in order to allow a special tool to take a sample from your uterine lining.
The procedure is minimal, and is usually performed using a tool called a curette to extract uterine tissue.
Most of the time, D&C is performed as a diagnostic procedure to determine conditions associated with symptoms, such as excessive uterine bleeding or an abnormal cervical cancer screening.