Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery
Our gynecology practice includes Dr. Sonya Lee and Dr. Karen Tang, highly skilled surgeons with experience successfully treating women’s health problems with minimally invasive techniques.
We use health histories, physical examinations, lab tests, and imaging studies to help us make the right diagnosis. Many health problems are best treated with medication. We use these therapies when they are right for you.
If you need surgery, we are skilled in the use of many techniques. One of these is hysteroscopy, which features a thin, telescope-like instrument inserted through the vagina into the uterus. A hysteroscope helps us diagnose health problems by giving us an excellent view of the inside of the uterus. We also use it to treat many of the conditions it detects as well.
We are also skilled in the use of laparoscopic surgical techniques. This type of surgery features thin instruments inserted through small incisions to perform surgical procedures. Laparoscopic surgery reduces scars, discomfort, and recovery time, allowing you to get back to your normal routines and activities more quickly.
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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