• SERVICES & PROCEDURES •
• Services • Procedures •
Bone mineral densitometry (BMD) determines the amount of bone and over time can track loss (and the risk of developing osteoporosis)
by measuring radiation absorption by the skeleton.
A cervical biopsy is a diagnostic procedure used to evaluate abnormal cervical tissue found during a Pap smear.
A cystometric study evaluates bladder function and can confirm whether a bladder muscle or bladder nerve problem exists.
Endometrial biopsy is a diagnostic test performed in a doctor's office. The test is used to acquire a small tissue sample of the
endometrium (lining of the uterus) for further examination.
Endometrial ablation is a procedure in which the uterine lining is destroyed either with a laser electrosurgery, or another method.
Colposcopy is used as a followup to an abnormal pap smear screening. In some women, a pap smear will show an abnormality. In these
cases the cervix can be further examined by a procedure called colposcopy. A colposcope is an instrument that magnifies the cervix
and, with the application of acetic acid on the cervix, the area of abnormal cells can be detected and a biopsy may be taken. This
way, the doctor can tell more precisely the degree of abnormality and decide on the best method of treatment or management of a
Hysteroscopy is an outpatient procedure that allows direct visualization of the inside of the uterus. It is usually performed while
the patient is asleep. The cervix is gently dilated and then a camera is inserted through the cervix into the uterine cavity.
Hysteroscopy allows us to directly see polyps, some fibroids, the tubal openings and other types of uterine cavity abnormalities.
During hysteroscopy, many other procedures can be done such as dilation and curettage (D & C), removal of polyps, destruction of
certain fibroids, tubal ligation, and endometrial ablation.
This minor gynecological procedure, Dilation and Curettage (D & C), can be performed for various reasons. Sometimes done in
conjunction with a hysteroscopy, it may be used to empty the uterus after an incomplete miscarriage, diagnose endometrial cancer
(inside lining of uterus) or to stop uterine bleeding. A D & C usually requires anaesthesia and is performed at the hospital as an
Sterilization procedures are a common form of contraception. After abstinence and hysterectomy, they are the most effective form
of birth control. A tubal ligation involves blocking the fallopian tubes with cautery, clips of sutures, either done via the
umbilicus or above the pubic bone. Tubal ligation is considered a minor surgical procedure. It requires anaethesia and is usually
performed as an outpatient procedure.
Childbirth and aging can cause damage to the tissues that support the pelvic organs. This can result in the symptom of pelvic
pressure or the actual bulging of the bladder, cervix or rectum through the vagina. Associated symptoms include loss of urine
with coughing, sneezing or straining of difficulty having a bowel movement.
If conservative management with special exercises, dietary changes, medical treatment or insertion of a support device called
a pessary, is not successful, then surgical management may be necessary. After assessment of a patient's symptoms and evaluation
of her actual pelvic support defects, surgical options can be discussed.
Approximately 80% of hysterectomies done in the United States are done through a large abdominal incision. The healing process
from this operation usually requires a three-day hospital stay and approximately 6-8 weeks before returning to work.
By using a minimally invasive surgical technique called laparoscopically assisted vaginal hysterectomy (LAVH) most abdominal
hysterectomies can be converted to vaginal hysterectomies. The recovery time from an LAVH is much shorter with an under 24-hour
hospital stay and return to normal activities and work in approximately two weeks.
Occasionally it is necessary to have complete or partial removal of an ovary. Women can develop both benign and malignant
tumors of the ovary. Benign tumors of the ovary can often be removed through the laparoscope. This outpatient surgery allows
you to have a more rapid recovery.
Occasionally it is necessary to have complete or partial removal of an ovary. Women can develop both benign and malignant tumors
of the ovary. Benign tumors of the ovary can often be removed through the laparoscope. This outpatient surgery allows you to have
a more rapid recovery.