Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery
Dr. Sonya Lee and Dr. Karen Tang are highly skilled surgeons with years of experience treating conditions like fibroids, ovarian cysts and endometriosis. They know that patients want to avoid surgery if at all possible and explore all the other non-surgical treatment options. When surgery is indicated, they use minimally invasive techniques that result in decreased pain and shorter recovery times.
Studies show that physician experience plays a large role in the type of hysterectomies that physicians recommend. Many doctors still perform abdominal hysterectomies, using large incisions, simply because that they unfamiliar or inexperienced with minimally invasive techniques. MOST PATIENTS ARE CANDIDATES FOR A MINIMALLY INVASIVE HYSTERCTOMY.
Gynecology Specialists often performs these procedures on an outpatient basis. Conditions we manage with minimally invasive techniques include:
- Abnormal or Heavy Bleeding
There are many causes of abnormal bleeding, including hormone imbalances, chronic medical conditions, fibroids, polyps, and certain types of cancer.One treatment for heavy bleeding we use is the NovaSure endometrial ablation procedure, which is a simple and effective choice for many of our patients.
- Pelvic Pain
Pelvic pain can be caused by infections, ovarian cysts, scar tissue from prior surgery, endometriosis, and fibroids. It is also caused by many gastroenterologic, musculoskeletal, and psychological disorders. We use minimally invasive techniques to help pinpoint the causes of pelvic pain.
Fibroids are benign (non-cancerous) tumors of the uterus. Hysterectomy is not the only treatment option for fibroids. Depending on their size and number, we can identify and treat fibroids using hysteroscopy, laparoscopy, or uterine artery embolization (UAE).
Endometriosis occurs when the normal lining of the uterus grows on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, or other pelvic structures. A laparoscopic procedure is necessary to definitively diagnose endometriosis. It can be treated with medications or with surgery, however.
- Ovarian Cysts
Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs that develop on the ovaries. Most cysts are a normal part of ovulation and don’t require treatment. Occasionally, a cyst becomes complicated. When it does, we can remove it using laparoscopic surgical techniques.
We specialize in laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomies (LAVH) and transvaginal hysterectomies (TVH) in which the uterus is removed through the vagina.We recommend this technique to our patients because it offers superior results with smaller incisions, less post-operative pain, and shorter recovery times. The transvaginal method has many advantages over robotic surgery, including fewer incisions and shorter operating times.
We suggest hysteroscopic tubal ligations and Essure micro inserts, which require no incisions and no general anesthesia, to our patients who are ready for permanent birth control.
To make an appointment with Gynecology Specialists, please call 215-662-9775.
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