At times, surgery is required to diagnose and treat gynecologic conditions. All procedures are performed by OBGYN physician Jennifer Anderson, MD.
Here is a list of common conditions that may require surgery:
- Permanent birth control
- Sexually transmitted diseases
- Polyps (abnormal growth) or fibroids in the uterus
- Ovarian cysts
- Abnormal cervical tissue
- Abnormal cells in the vulva, vagina, or cervix
- Pelvic organ prolapse
(similar to a hernia, your pelvic organs bulge into the vagina)
- D&C (dilation and curettage) for miscarriages
We perform many surgical procedures laparoscopically. This is a minimally invasive technique that offers patients many advantages, including a smaller incision, less post-operative pain, reduced risk of surgical complications, and a faster recovery. Many of these procedures can be performed safely and comfortably in our office.
Hysteroscopy is a procedure where we use a special, lighted telescope, known as a hysteroscope, to look inside your uterus for a definitive diagnosis of irregular or abnormal vaginal bleeding. Excess tissue – even polyps, fibroids, and cancers – can be seen with this instrument.
In addition, this procedure can be used to perform sterilization, to help diagnose frequent miscarriages, and to locate or remove an intrauterine device.
This procedure can be done in our office or as an outpatient procedure at LeConte Medical Center.
A laparotomy is a type of surgery used to open the abdomen to find the cause of bleeding.
Endometrial ablation “burns off” excess uterine lining (endometrium) and eliminates heavy periods. We use a technique that uses a hot-water circulating balloon.
This is not a surgical procedure, so you will not have an incision. We recommend endometrial ablation for women who have completed their family and are experiencing heavy vaginal bleeding. This procedure may be recommended when birth control pills or hormone therapy have been ineffective or produced undesirable side effects. Endometrial ablation can be done in our office or as an outpatient procedure at LeConte Medical Center. The majority of women who have had this procedure report a reduction, or even an end, to their heavy menstrual bleeding.
Permanent Birth Control
We perform a minimally invasive, permanent birth control procedure to close off your fallopian tubes.
During the procedure, a soft, micro-insert is placed into each fallopian tube. Over the next three months, your body works with the insert to form a natural barrier against pregnancy. Approximately three months following the procedure, a confirmation test is performed to verify that the tubes are blocked.
This procedure offers many benefits, including:
- Surgery-free – a quick procedure performed in our office with local anesthesia
- Hormone-free – a more natural birth control method with no hormonal side effects
- Quicker recovery – most women return to normal activities in less than a day
- Worry-free – because we confirm that your tubes are blocked, you don’t have to worry about unplanned pregnancy and the hassles of temporary birth control
Thousands of women have a hysterectomy each year – so common, it’s second only to cesarean section. We perform a minimally invasive laparoscopic hysterectomy that offers you many advantages, including:
- Smaller incisions
- Quicker recovery
- Easy, overnight hospital stay (compared to 1 week with open procedures)
- Much less pain, requiring fewer pain medications
- Less blood loss and trauma to the body leading to less risk of infection
Your doctor gets an incredibly clear and enlarged view of all pelvic organs on a special monitor in the operating room by inserting a tiny, lighted telescopic into the belly button incision. Small surgical instruments, which are controlled by the surgeon’s hands, are inserted into the other incisions.
Click here to watch educational patient videos about different gynecological procedures.
For more information about the gynecologic surgeries we perform, please call (865) 365-4233.