Patient Education

OB-GYN Treatments & Procedures

Becoming educated about women's health issues is the first step in leading a happy, healthy lifestyle. This page provides brief explanations about some of the more common OB-GYN related symptoms and conditions we treat. Obviously, the information listed below is not complete and does not address every condition we encounter in our practice. As such, please do not use this information in an attempt to diagnose your's or other's condition(s). There is no substitution for the actual care our physician provide within our office. This page is provided for information purposes only.

Common OB-GYN Treatments & Procedures

4D Ultrasound
4-D means four-dimensional. The 4-D ultrasound provides high-resolution action images of your unborn child by animating 3-dimensional ultrasound images over a brief period of time. See an example here.

Da Vinci Robotic System
The da Vinci® System's intuitive interface provides breakthrough capabilities, allowing more gynecologic surgeons to use a minimally invasive approach in complex procedures. Learn more here.

Endometrial Ablation
Endometrial Ablation is a quick outpatient treatment for heavy bleeding. This procedure is the removal or destruction of the endometrium (lining of the uterus). Ablation is an alternative to hysterectomy for many women with heavy uterine bleeding. It does not require hospitalization and most of the time, you can return to normal activities within a day or so.

Gardasil Vaccine
Gardasil is a 3-injection vaccine (given over a 6 month period) for the prevention of Human Pappilomavirus (HPV). The vaccine only protects against HPV types 16 and 18 (that causes 70% of cervical cancer) and types 6 and 11 (that cause 90% of genital warts cases). Side affects may include pain, swelling, itching and redness at the injection site, fever, nausea and dizziness.

Laparoscopic Supracervical Hysterectomy
Laparoscopic Supracervical Hysterectomy (LSH) is a laser surgery procedure that leaves the woman's cervix intact. This procedure causes less trauma to the patient and leaves the pelvic floor intact as a deterrent to pelvic prolapse or urinary stress incontinence later on. This procedure causes less discomfort and quicker recovery time. The patients can resume normal activities within two days and intercourse within two weeks.

Pap Smear
A Pap Smear is the primary cancer screening test for cervical cancer or pre-cancerous changes in the cervix. It is a simple and painless test that looks at cells taken from the cervix. It is mostly done in the physician's office and only takes a few minutes. With the patient lying on the table, a speculum is used to gently open the vagina. The physician is then able to see the cervix and upper vaginal area.

Urethral Bulking
Urethral bulking is a less invasive treatment option for women with a specific type of stress urinary incontinence (SUI) called intrinsic sphincter deficiency (ISD). In these women, the muscles surrounding the urethra can no longer close properly to hold the urine in the bladder. During the procedure, the bulking agent is injected into the tissues surrounding the urethra. The increased "bulk" allows the urethra to close more effectively and prevents urine from leaking. The procedure can be performed in your doctor's office, in an outpatient clinic or hospital in approximately 30 minutes.

Urodynamics is a test that our physicians use to diagnose voiding disorders like urinary incontinence, frequency, urgency, pain, and slow stream. This test involves the patient having a full bladder when coming to your appointment. The physician lets you void into a cup to measure the amount of urine you bladder is holding. He then will insert a catheter into your bladder and fill it with liquid to see how many cc's will fill your bladder. You are hooked to a computer that will then measure your outlet function and how well your bladder is functioning to decide what treatment is needed for you. Treatments can include medication and even surgery.

Uroplasty: Urgent® PC Neuromodulation
Urgent PC therapy is a non-drug, non-surgical option to treat patients with Overactive Bladder and associated symptoms of urinary urgency, urinary frequency and urge incontinence. Therapy consists of 12 weekly sessions in your doctor's office, followed by a refresher treatment about once a month to maintain improvements. During each 30-minute session, a thin needle electrode is placed near the patient's ankle and is connected to an external device that provides mild stimulation. Up to 80% of patients improve with treatment. Most patients don't experience side-effects. If side-effects occur they are typically temporary and include mild pain and skin inflammation at or near where the needle is placed. Learn more.

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