Gynecological Surgery and Procedures
If you are facing gynecological surgery, there’s good news: most surgery techniques that gynecologists use today are highly advanced and minimally invasive.
There is so much that a gynecologist can do with just a few main techniques, from hysterectomies to treating infertility, to removing painful and bothersome fibroids.
What is gynecologic surgery?
Gynecologic surgery is a surgery performed by a Gynecologist on any part of a woman’s reproductive system, including the vagina, cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries.
Some surgeries can be done in the office, while others are done in the hospital. Common gynecologic surgeries include:
- Tubal ligation (tubes tied).
- Removal of cysts or fibroids.
- Uterine artery embolization, which cuts off blood supply to a uterine fibroid, so gets smaller.
- Removal of reproductive organs (uterus, ovaries).
- Cystoscopy, which allows the doctor to look inside the urinary tract.
- Hysteroscopy, which allows the doctor to look inside the uterus.
What are the different types of gynecologic surgery?
There are two major types of gynecological surgeries; open and minimally invasive. The type of surgery your gynecologist will perform depends on many different factors, including diagnosis, complications,
Open surgery means the cutting of skin and tissues so that the surgeon has a full view of the structures or organs involved.
Minimally invasive surgery includes a variety of techniques that does not require a large incision. Not all conditions are suitable for minimally invasive surgery.
Minimally invasive gynecological surgeries and procedures include:
- Endometrial ablation
Minimally invasive surgeries have a much faster recovery time than open surgeries letting you return to your normal activities as quickly as possible.
What are the risks or complications of gynecologic surgery?
Risks and complications of gynecological surgery depend on the type of procedure your doctor is performing and the reason you may need this treatment. These may include:
- Major bleeding
- Nausea and vomiting after surgery
- Damage to nearby organs; bowel, urinary tract – because of the proximity to reproductive organs.
- Uterine perforation
What is the recovery time after surgery?
Recovery time after a gynecological procedure is dependent on the type, the reason it was performed, and if there are any other complicating factors.
Individualized post-surgical instructions will provide important information for pain management, activity restrictions, wound and/or dressing care, follow-up visits, and when to call your doctor.
When you need surgery, you and your family can count on the OB/GYN Associates of Lancaster. Our team is here to answer your questions, so you know what to expect, how to prepare for surgery, and what’s involved in your recovery. If you have any questions feel free to contact our office via phone, email, or schedule an appointment online.