The female reproductive system can undergo changes as a result of childbirth, menopause, injury or even the normal aging process. While routine OB-GYN exams are crucial to maintaining your health, in some cases women require more advanced care for gynecologic disorders and conditions.
The doctors at La Peer Health systems’ Surgical Gynecology Center of Excellence in Los Angeles specialize in treating uterine prolapse, uterine polyps and other conditions affecting women’s gynecologic health.
What Is a Gynecologist?
A gynecologist is a doctor who specializes in women’s health and diseases affecting the female reproductive system, including the uterus, ovaries, vagina and vulva. Most women recognize the importance of seeing their gynecologists for annual exams. However, patients may not know that gynecologists also perform surgery to treat problems related to the pelvic organs and urinary tract. At La Peer’s state-of-the-art Surgical Gynecology Center, our board-certified surgeons use minimally invasive techniques to treat a variety of gynecologic disorders and help women get back to living their lives without pain.
Gynecologic Issues and Disorders
Gynecologic disorders can cause women a great deal of pain and discomfort. If you are suffering from one of the following gynecologic issues, don’t hesitate to contact our experienced team for a consultation.
Uterine prolapse is a condition in which the pelvic floor weakens and allows the uterus to slide down and protrude out of the vagina. Occurring most commonly in postmenopausal women, uterine prolapse can result from pregnancy, childbirth and even the loss of estrogen that accompanies the aging process.
Not every patient with uterine prolapse requires treatment. However, if you’re experiencing unpleasant symptoms like urinary problems, back pain, sexual concerns or protruding tissue, you may need surgery to correct your prolapse.
Uterine fibroids are benign tumors that grow in a woman’s uterus. According to Mayo Clinic, three out of four women will experience uterine fibroids during their lives. Although fibroids are noncancerous, they can lead to a number of unpleasant symptoms including heavy periods, bleeding between periods, frequent urination and discomfort during sex. In rare cases, fibroids can affect a woman’s ability to conceive or carry a pregnancy to term. Many women seek treatment to remove fibroids and alleviate these negative side effects.
Uterine polyps are tumors that grow on the inner wall of the uterus. Although women of any age can develop uterine polyps, the condition is more common in women who are going through—or have gone through—menopause.
While typically benign, uterine polyps can be precancerous or even cancerous. If you are suffering from uterine polyps, you should schedule an appointment with a board-certified gynecologic surgeon to see if the growths should be removed. Using an instrument called a hysteroscope, the doctor can view the inside of the uterus and remove suspicious-looking polyps for biopsy. Women who are having trouble getting pregnant may also want to be examined for uterine polyps, as the tumors have been linked with infertility.
Menorrhagia refers to excessive and/or frequent menstrual bleeding and can result from uterine fibroids, uterine polyps and other conditions affecting the female reproductive system.
A normal menstrual cycle varies from woman to woman. However, if bleeding lasts longer than a week or is heavy enough to restrict your normal activities, you may be suffering from menorrhagia. Women suffering from excessive menstrual bleeding should contact an experienced gynecologist to learn about possible treatment options.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the pelvic floor?
A: The pelvic floor includes the muscles and ligaments that support the female reproductive organs, including the uterus. Pelvic floor weakness can lead to uterine prolapse and other gynecologic disorders.
Q: How do I know if I’m suffering from uterine prolapse?
Common symptoms of uterine prolapse include a sensation of pressure in the vagina, difficulty urinating, back pain and protruding tissue.
Q: If I have uterine fibroids, does that mean I have cancer?
A: No! Uterine fibroids are benign tumors that grow inside the uterus. Although they are not malignant, uterine fibroids can cause a number of unpleasant symptoms and may need to be removed.
Contact the Surgical Gynecology Center of Excellence
Gynecologic disorders can cause a great deal of pain and inconvenience in women’s lives. Fortunately, the doctors at the Surgical Gynecology Center of Excellence specialize in providing expert, compassionate care for a variety of gynecologic issues. Fill out our online contact form or call us at (888) 374-0367 to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists.
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