Gynecologic surgery is performed in the U.S. every day. One of the most common types of surgeries in this specialty area is a hysterectomy – the surgical removal of all or part of the uterus. Twelve hysterectomies are performed every ten minutes, according to the National Uterine Fibroids Foundation.
Health problems that may require the need for gynecologic surgery may include:
- Cervical cancer
- Uterine cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Vaginal cancer
- Vulvar cancer
- Menorrhagia (heavy menstrual periods)
- Ovarian cysts
- Recurrent pregnancy loss
- Pelvic pain
- Urinary incontinence
- And more
Our surgeons conduct gynecologic surgeries for the above health conditions every day. No matter what type of surgery is taking place – whether it’s an invasive, inpatient procedure or an outpatient, minimally invasive surgery, Hunt Regional surgeons perform the procedures with the upmost care. They work side-by-side with our anesthesiologists who have specialized training in the latest techniques for ambulatory and minor surgery, pediatric anesthesia, and post-operative pain management.
The types of gynecologic surgery performed at our Greenville, TX hospital include the following:
As mentioned above, hysterectomies are extremely common in the U.S. The same source mentioned above states that by age 60, approximately 37 percent of all American women will have had a hysterectomy. Our gynecologic surgeons perform these procedures through laparoscopy (minimally invasive techniques) which help reduce the amount of recovery time needed following surgery.
This surgery is often performed when a woman is experiencing chronic pelvic pain or infertility. This minimally invasive procedure uses a laparoscope or lasers to correct the problem in the pelvic region. Because the procedure is not seriously invasive, it usually does not require a long recovery period.
When a woman is dealing with extremely heavy menstruation, there are surgical treatments designed to stop the problem. One of those treatments is endometrial ablation, which destroys the endometrium (uterine lining) that causes the heavy bleeding. The procedure uses a hysteroscope to eliminate the uterine lining and is also a minimally invasive procedure.
Vaginal and bladder surgery
When vaginal or bladder prolapse occurs, this type of surgery can help to pull together the loose area and strengthen it. Vaginal and bladder surgery may also be used as a form of treatment for urinary incontinence (inability to control urination) in women. These types of surgeries are usually more invasive than some of the surgeries mentioned above.
Tubal ligation is a surgical procedure that stops a woman’s fallopian tubes from allowing an egg to reach the uterus. It also stops sperm from reaching the egg in the fallopian tube. Tubal reversal surgery, on the other hand, reverses this procedure by restoring fertility and allowing access to the egg from the fallopian tube.
Gynecologic surgery, especially for those who have never gone through such a procedure, can be scary. No matter which gynecologic surgery you or your loved one may be preparing for, remember that our experienced team of medical professionals is here for you.
Learn more about the other types of surgeries performed at Hunt Regional Medical Center today, or contact us with any questions you may have about your upcoming procedure.