For most women, a gynecological condition or infection at some point in their lives is inevitable. These can be passing cases that are mild and easily resolved. However, there are many other instances where such conditions can cause lasting problems and bothersome symptoms such as pain, abnormal bleeding, and even fertility struggles. In many cases, these symptoms can be managed with medication, lifestyle adjustments, and various therapies. However, there are some which will eventually require surgical intervention to correct, and while a surgical procedure is certainly never anyone’s first choice for treatment, we are fortunate to have access to advancing technology that is making many procedures quicker, easier, and safer than ever before. Here are just four examples:
Hysterectomy is the removal of a woman’s reproductive organs (usually just the uterus and cervix), and it may be done for reasons such as endometriosis or uterine fibroids. When done laparoscopically, a hysterectomy is performed through one or more small incisions, and most patients can return home the same day.
Laparoscopic Tubal Ligation
A permanent form of birth control, tubal ligation may be used by women who are certain that they do not want a future pregnancy. While many women have the procedure after having delivered their last baby, it can be performed at any time. In the case of laparoscopic tubal ligation, patients can undergo this procedure in an outpatient setting.
Endometrial ablation is a procedure to destroy part of the lining of the uterus through the use of extreme heat or cold. Most commonly, it is used to treat menorrhagia, or excessively heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding. However, there are many considerations for women to take into account before having the procedure, as it can have a significant impact on fertility.
LEEP (Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure)
LEEP is used to diagnose or treat abnormal cells that are detected during a pap smear. Finding and treating these cells early is often key to preventing their eventual development into cancer. However, certain conditions can interfere with the ability to perform LEEP. In these cases, a gynecologist can recommend alternatives.
Each of these minimally invasive procedures can be both beneficial and effective when used for the right purpose and by the right patient. To learn more about the details surrounding them and if you may be a good candidate, click below to download our free, in-depth guide, “4 Minimally Invasive Treatments for Women’s Gynecological Health”.