Colposcopy is a procedure used to magnify certain areas of the body and help diagnose abnormalities. A vulvar colposcopy typically examines lesions on the vulva and is often used to identify cancer or HPV. The procedure is done with a colposcope, a microscope that can help identify malignant lesions on the vulva. It is usually performed as a follow-up procedure to an abnormal pap smear. The exam itself is similar to a pap smear in that a speculum is inserted and the cervix may be cleaned. The colposcope is then placed to view the area at 10 to 40 times its normal size. If any abnormal cells are noticed, a biopsy of the tissue may be done. A colposcopy is a very safe procedure with few complications. Light bleeding or discharge for up to a week after the exam is normal.
Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP)is used to treat abnormal cells on the surface of the cervix. During the procedure, the cells are removed to prevent development of cervical cancer. Wire loops attached to an electrosurgical generator cut away the affected tissue, causing the cells to heat and burst. The removed tissue is then sent to a lab for further evaluation. The procedure takes 20-30 minutes and can be performed in the office.
Cryosurgery, also known as cryotherapy, is a minimally invasive treatment that uses freezing cold temperatures to destroy abnormal tissue cells. These cells can include skin tumors, nodules, skin tags or prostate, liver and cervical cancer cells.Doctors apply nitrogen or argon gas either directly on the skin or through a cryoprobe with image assistance for internal tumors. The diseased cells cannot survive extremely cold conditions and will be destroyed. Cryosurgery has a shorter treatment and recovery time than surgical procedures. Talk to your doctor if you think you may be a good candidate for cryosurgery.
Endometrial Biopsyis a procedure that exams the endometrium (the inside lining of the uterus) for abnormalities or signs of cancer. The biopsy is done by taking a tissue sample of the endometrium and checking it under a microscope. A speculum is inserted in the vagina, followed by a small plastic tube that suctions a sample of the lining off. Anesthesia may be used, but the procedure is usually painless. This test is usually performed to determine the cause of abnormal menstrual periods, bleeding after menopause or to screen for endometrial cancer.
Vaginal Pesseryis a removable device placed into the vagina. It is designed to support areas of pelvic organ prolapse. Your doctor will fit your pessary to hold the pelvic organs in position without causing discomfort. Pessaries come in different sizes and should be fitted carefully.
Sonoghysterographyis a technique in which fluid is injected through the cervis into the uterus and ultrasound is used to make images of the uterine cavity. Sonohysterography can find the underlying cause of many problems, including abnormal uterine bleeding, infertility and repeated miscarriage. This procedure can detect abnormal growths inside the uterus, such as fibroids or polyps; scarring inside the uterus; and abnormal uterine shape.
Birth Control Placement – Intrauterine Device or Implant
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Inpatient Hospital Procedures
Hysterectomy – Abdominal, Laparoscopic and Vaginal
Pelvic Relaxation Corrective Procedure
Urinary Incontinence Corrective Procedure
Outpatient Hospital Procedures
Dilation and Curettage
Diagnose uterine cancer or other conditions
Remove tissue after a miscarriage
Treat heavy bleeding
Excessive or prolonged menstrual bleeding
Hysteroscopy, Diagnostic and Operative
Abnormal bleeding or bleeding after menopause
Remove fibroids or polyps
Laparoscopy, Diagnostic and Operative
Diagnose and treat problems of the genital and pelvic areas
Sterilization – Tubal Ligation
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