If you’re suffering from a gynecologic condition or disorder, it’s likely that you have questions. The board-certified surgeons at La Peer’s Surgical Gynecology Center of Excellence want all women to feel confident and comfortable about their medical care.
Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about gynecologic surgery. If you have additional concerns, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with our specialists.
Q: What is a gynecologist?
A: A gynecologist treats disorders and conditions affecting the female reproductive system including the vagina, ovaries and uterus. Gynecologists may also perform surgical procedures.
Q: What is gynecology?
A: Gynecology is the branch of medicine concerned with the health of women, with specific emphasis on the female reproductive system.
Q: What is an obstetrician?
A: An obstetrician or OB-GYN specializes in the care of women before, during and after childbirth. Obstetricians perform ultrasounds on pregnant women, monitor the health of the fetus and deliver babies by vaginal and Cesarean methods.
Q: What are some types of gynecological surgery?
A: Used to treat gynecologic problems such as benign conditions, cancer, incontinence and infertility, gynecologic surgery includes hysteroscopy, hysterectomy, NovaSure, MyoSure and Essure.
Q: What are some permanent birth control options for women?
A: Essure is a safe form of permanent birth control that creates a natural barrier between sperm and egg. Although Essure is a very effective birth control option, it is not easily reversible. For this reason, women who may want to have children in the future should not consider Essure.
Q: What is Novasure?
A: NovaSure is a safe, minimally invasive endometrial ablation procedure used to treat heavy menstrual bleeding. During the procedure, a board-certified gynecologic surgeon removes the lining of the uterus (endometrium) with radiofrequency energy. Most women who undergo NovaSure notice profound improvement in their menstrual cycles after treatment.
Q: What causes heavy periods?
A: Also known as menorrhagia, heavy menstrual bleeding can be caused by uterine fibroids, polyps, hormonal imbalances, miscarriage and in rare cases, cancer. Seeing a board-certified gynecologist is the best way to determine the cause of your heavy period.
Q: What causes uterine fibroids?
A: While the specific cause of uterine fibroids is unknown, the growth of these benign tumors may be influenced by hormone levels.
Q: Can uterine polyps be cancerous?
A: While most uterine polyps are benign, these growths can be precancerous or even cancerous. A gynecologic surgeon should examine your polyps to determine if they are malignant.
Q: What is uterine prolapse?
A: Uterine prolapse occurs when weakened pelvic floor muscles allow the uterus to slip down and protrude from the vagina.
Q: What are the advantages of having a gynecologic procedure at the Surgical Gynecology Center of Excellence?
A: The Surgical Gynecology Center of Excellence offers world-renowned specialists in a safe, outpatient environment. Unlike large hospitals, outpatient centers provide patients with more personalized care and reduced risk of infection. Additionally, patients can usually go home the same day as their surgeries.
Contact the Surgical Gynecology Center
If you have more questions about surgical gynecology or conditions affecting your gynecologic health, don’t hesitate to contact our knowledgeable staff by calling (888) 374-0367. You can also schedule a consultation with one of our experienced surgeons online.
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