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Procedures

WomanHealth offers a variety of procedures in the office and also at Lowell General Hospital in order to ensure you receive the highest quality of care with patient convenience in mind.

 

In-Office Procedures

Essure®

This is a minimally invasive procedure for tubal ligation. It is done in our office under local anesthesia through a hysteroscope that allows the patient to view it while we are doing it. It involves the insertion of a device into the fallopian tubes creating a scarring of the fallopian tubes. Its success rate is better than the traditional tubal ligation and it is done in a much safer, simpler and less painful way. It is highly recommended for those patients who have decided that they want a tubal ligation and allows the patient to avoid the risks of general anesthesia and a major surgery, which is the traditional way of performing the tubal ligation. There is no significant recovery period. Patients are able to resume all normal activities the next day. It does however require 3 months to become effective and a patient does need to use an alternative form of birth control during that 3-month period of time. View more

HerOption™

Cryoablation is an excellent one-time safe and simple ablative therapy for heavy bleeding similar to Novasure.  This procedure is performed in the office by freezing the inner lining of the uterus to destroy it to cut down the bleeding.  90% of patients who have this done will have significant improvement in their bleeding with either light bleeding or no bleeding at all.  Not all patients are good candidates for it, but for those who do it’s an excellent option for heavy periods.  It is extremely well tolerated with no significant period. View more

Novasure®

This is a proven one-time safe and simple ablation treatment to control heavy bleeding. It uses heat to destroy the inside lining of the uterus, which is where the periods come from. It works 90% of the time meaning that a patient’s periods will either significantly decrease or stop altogether. It is excellent, especially for women who are done childbearing, experiencing heavy periods, looking for less invasive treatments than hysterectomy and are not responding to medications. The procedure can be done in an average treatment time of less than 10 minutes under local anesthesia in the office. In addition, in our office the patient also has the option of watching the procedure being done on her on a flat screen TV and can bring her own IPod in to play her own music while it’s being done. View more

Urodynamics

We offer urodynamic testing in our office.  Urodynamic testing is a diagnostic test to deterimine the reasons for someone’s leaking urine or having other bladder dysfunction.  It is not in and of itself a treatment, but helps us figure out the best way to treat the condition. Not all incontinence problems require surgery nor do all respond to medications.  Urodynamic testing is an important component to try and figure out what the best approach is for you.

 

Inpatient Procedures

The following is a list of the most common inpatient procedures performed by WomanHealth physicians at Lowell General Hospital.

Incontinence Procedures

TVT Slings: This procedure is done in the hospital and is done for those patients who have stress incontinence (i.e. leaking with coughing or sneezing).  This procedure is considered the current gold standard of minimally invasive surgery for incontinence.  The procedure does not require an overnight stay if it is the only procedure being done.  Most patients return to normal activities within a week.

Laparoscopy / Hysterectomy

This minimally invasive procedure is designed to speed-up recovery and to minimize pain and complications associated with hysterectomy. As opposed to traditional hysterectomies, which require a large incision, several days in the hospital and up to 6 weeks recovery, most women will go home either the same or next day with a 2-4 week recovery period and only small 5-10 mm. scars. Not all patients are candidates for laparoscopic hysterectomy, however if you need a hysterectomy and are a good candidate this is an excellent procedure.

Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP)

Loop Electrical Excision Procedure (LEEP) uses a low voltage electrical current to remove abnormal tissue of the cervix, previously identified by colposcopy and/or biopsy of the cervix.  LEEP is an in-office procedure using local anesthetic.

Robotic Surgery

Robotics is in addition to the laparoscopic surgery. The advantage of robotics is the precision, 3-D visualization with increased precision of the surgery. It is not required for all laparoscopic surgeries but it can be very helpful in certain surgeries requiring more extensive dissection; specifically situations such as advanced endometriosis and cancer. Much like traditional laparoscopic hysterectomy, patients are able to go home within 24 hours, recover quicker and have less pain, perhaps even less than the regular laparoscopic hysterectomy. View more