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Gynecology

Choose miVIP for the most advanced, minimally invasive gynecological surgical options

The surgeons and staff at miVIP Surgery Centers offer the latest, most advanced minimally invasive procedures for the treatment of the full range of gynecological conditions. The field of gynecology has seen a revolution in surgical technology and techniques. By focusing on providing the most effective and least invasive treatments to our patients suffering from gynecological problems, our experienced surgeons and compassionate staff have stayed abreast of the latest innovations in the field. Our world-class surgical team and dedicated support staff are fully accredited and have long experience with all types of gynecologic surgery. They also have specialized training and vast experience in the use of the state-of-the-art minimally invasive da Vinci® Surgical System.

A range of conditions can affect a woman’s reproductive system (uterus, vagina, ovaries and fallopian tubes). The uterus is the most common site for most of these conditions. The uterus or womb is the hollow, muscular organ that holds a baby as it grows during pregnancy. Common types of gynecological conditions, such as fibroids (non-cancerous growths in the uterine wall) or endometriosis (non-cancerous growths of the uterine lining), can cause chronic pain and heavy bleeding, as well as other disabling symptoms.

Surgeons at miVIP Surgery Centers off a range of non-robotic gynecological procedures including:

  • Hysterectomy: removal of the uterus; second most common surgical procedure for American women.
  • Myomectomy: removal of myomas, which are non-cancerous (benign) tumors, from the uterus.
  • Endometriosis Resection: removal of uterine lining when uterine cells have grown in other pelvic organs; a condition known as endometriosis.

Conditions

A variety of conditions can affect a woman’s gynecological system, including:

  • Endometriosis/Adenomyosis: cells from the lining of the uterus grow in other areas, such as the ovaries, fallopian tubes and other parts of the pelvic cavity.
  • Cervical Cancer: mutation in the cervix's cellular lining which results in a cancerous growth.
  • Uterine Cancer: the most common cancer of the female genital tract and the fourth most common cancer in women.
  • Uterine Bleeding: excessive or prolonged menstrual bleeding often caused by a uterine growth or hormone imbalance.
  • Myomas: benign tumors on the uterine wall, often called fibroid tumors.

Symptoms

The most common symptoms of gynecologic conditions that women experience are pain and excessive or irregular menstrual bleeding. Different conditions usually cause different types of pain (such as pressure in the pelvic region or tenderness in the abdomen) or bleeding (such as spotting between periods or passing blood clots). Some other typical symptoms of a gynecological condition include:

  • Difficulty with urination
  • Difficulty with bowel movements
  • Improper bowel/bladder function
  • Infertility
  • Feeling of pressure on bladder or rectum
  • Slipping or dropping of vagina or uterus
  • Feeling of heaviness or pressure in pelvis
  • Constant abdominal pressure
  • Swelling
  • Bloating
  • Urinary urgency (feeling the need to go)
  • Recurrent urinary tract infections
  • Pain while standing or walking

Treatment Options

Treatment options depend on the gynecological condition and the stage at which the condition is diagnosed. Early diagnosis can be crucial. Treatment options may include:

  • Traditional Open surgery was used for the majority of gynecological surgeries requiring a wide (6 to 12 inch) incision in the abdomen below the navel and cutting through the abdominal muscle wall.
  • Minimally invasive surgery is a new surgical approach relying on the use of robotics that began in the late 1990s. At the forefront of this minimally invasive revolution is the leading-edge da Vinci Surgical System, which is used by an increasing number of surgeons around the world for minimally invasive hysterectomies and other delicate gynecological procedures.
  • Radiation therapy is a cancer treatment that kills cancer cells by using high-energy x-rays or other types of radiation. External radiation therapy uses a machine outside the body to direct radiation toward the cancer, while internal radiation therapy uses a radioactive substance sealed in needles, seeds, wires or catheters placed directly into or near the cancer.
  • Hormone therapy removes hormones or blocks their actions to stop cancer cells from growing. If tests reveal that cancer cells have places (receptors) where hormones can attach, our doctors can use drugs, surgery or radiation therapy to reduce hormone production or block hormones from working.
  • Chemotherapy uses drugs to stop cancer cell growth, either by killing the cells or preventing the cells from dividing. Cemotherapy can be systemic (attacking cancer cells throughout the body via the bloodstream) or regional (targeting cancer cells in a specific part of the body).
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