GYN Treatment Options
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If you've been diagnosed with an illness or malady that requires treatment or surgery, your next important step is to do some homework. Understand your treatment options. Be sure and get a second (or third!) opinion to gain understanding and a better perspective. Always consult a specialist.
Acessa is an outpatient procedure that destroys uterine fibroids by delivering direct radiofrequency energy. Because the radiofrequency energy only hits the fibroid directly, it does not damage the surrounding area during the procedure.
Read more about The Acessa Procedure.
Myomectomy is a surgical procedure that removes uterine fibroids while leaving the uterus intact. This is the preferred treatment for women with uterine fibroids who wish to preserve their fertility. Surgical methods for myomectomy include: hysteroscopy, laparoscopy, and laparotomy.
Read more about Myomectomy vs. Hysterectomy and Myomectomy for Fibroids.
Hysteroscopy is a procedure in which a lighted viewing instrument is inserted through the vagina and into the uterus for both diagnostic and treatment purposes.
Read more about Hysteroscopy.
Laparoscopy is a procedure in which a lighted viewing instrument is inserted is inserted into one or more small incisions in the abdomen.
Read more about Laparoscopy.
Laparotomy is procedure that uses a larger incision in the abdomen.
Read more about Laparotomy.
Endometrial ablation is a medical procedure that uses heat, cold, or electrical stimulation to remove the lining of the uterus. Although the uterus is left intact, this procedure is not for women who are pregnant, who would like to become pregnant in the future, or women who have gone through menopause. Still, if you do NOT want to get pregnant, you will need to use birth control. The procedure itself is fairly painless, but you may experience some cramping and other discomfort afterward.
Read more about Endometrial Ablation.
Morcellation is the process of cutting the uterus and other tissues, such as large uterine fibroids, into tiny pieces that can be removed through tiny incisions. It gives many women the option of having a minimally invasive hysterectomy.
Read more about Morcellation.
Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE or UFE)
Uterine Artery Embolization, or Uterine Fibroid Embolization, is an outpatient procedure that destroys fibroids by blocking the blood supply to the fibroid. Advantages of this procedure include relief of symptoms, no incisions, short recovery, and maintained fertility.
Read more about Uterine Artery Emoblization.
LEEP (Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure)
A loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) is an inexpensive, minimally invasive procedure that can be used to remove abnormal cells of the cervix and vagina. This procedure sends a low-voltage electrical current to turn a thin, looped wire, which is then used as a cutting tool.
Read more about LEEP.
There are many ways to remove endometriosis from the body, but excision is considered one of the most effective methods at this time. The term excision refers to using a type of cutting method to try to remove the entire endometriosis implant and leave nothing behind.
Read more about Endometriosis Excision.
Myolysis is a newer treatment option that destroys the fibroid during a laparoscopic procedure. During the procedure, a type of focused energy delivery system is used to destroy the fibroid and shrink the blood vessels feeding it.
Read more about Myolysis.
MRI-guided Focused Ultrasound Surgery (MRgFUS)
MRI-guided focused ultrasound surgery (MRgFUS) is a non-invasive option that uses ultrasound to focus high-intensity waves to increase the temperature of uterine fibroids in order to destroy them. This procedure allows you to preserve your uterus. This procedure may be performed by an Interventional Radiologist, so your gynecologist may not know to recommend this option.
Read more about MRgFUS.
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