Because our doctors are board certified obstetric and gynecologic surgeons, we can handle a number of surgical procedures for our patients. Surgeries are performed either in our offices or at Piedmont Hospital (www.piedmonthospital.org), ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the top acute-care community hospital in metro Atlanta. Procedures we provide include:
- Minimally-invasive laparoscopic surgery to treat ovarian cysts and endometriosis and remove fibroid tumors
- Hysterectomy (laparoscopic, laparoscopic assisted, vaginal and abdominal)
- Pelvic floor repair including rectocele repair and cystocele repair
- Midurethral slings for stress incontinence
- Myomectomy (fibroid removal)
- Various in office sterilization procedures
- Dilation and curettage with or without hysteroscopy
What is a fibroid tumor?
Fibroid tumors grow in the uterus. Most are benign, but very rarely they can be malignant. Symptoms can include pelvic pain, increased menstrual flow, infertility, constipation and bloating.
What is a myomectomy?
Myomectomy is the surgical removal of fibroid tumors. It ranges from hysteroscopic removal to laparoscopic procedures where the fibroid is destroyed, to a more traditional surgical approach where an incision is made and the fibroid is removed.
When is a hysterectomy performed?
Hysterectomies are performed to treat a variety of conditions including symptomatic fibroids, heavy menses, prolapse, various cancers of the reproductive organs, severe endometriosis and chronic pelvic pain. It is sometimes recommended for patients as a preventive measure if they have a strong family history of reproductive organ cancers.
What is a rectocele repair?
A rectocele occurs when the end of the large intestine (rectum) pushes against and moves the back wall of the vagina. A surgical repair of the vaginal wall pulls together the torn tissue. It strengthens the wall of the vagina to keep the problem from recurring.
What is a cystocele repair?
A cystocele occurs when the wall of the bladder pushes against and moves the wall of the vagina. A surgical repair of the bladder and/or vaginal wall pulls together the torn tissue. It strengthens the wall of the vagina to keep the problem from recurring.
What is a midurethral sling?
This is the most successful and minimally invasive treatment for stress urinary incontinence. The sling is made of a mesh weave, and it is threaded through two small incisions in the groin area, around the pelvic bone and under the urethra. The sling supports the urethra during straining maneuvers such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, jumping and exercise, preventing urine from being released. The procedure usually takes about 30 minutes to perform and is followed by a 23-hour observation period.
What is a Hysteroscopy?
A hysteroscopy is a minor surgical procedure used to evaluate and possibly treat the cause of abnormal bleeding or possible abnormalities in your uterus. Your doctor inserts a very thin sterile telescopic device attached to a camera through the cervix and into the uterus so she can see if there are any growths or abnormalities. It is performed along with a D&C.
What is Dilatation and Curettage?
Known as a “D&C”, this procedure is used to obtain a sample of the lining of the uterus for examination. The cervix is dilated and the lining of the uterus is gently scraped with an instrument known as a curette. This is sometimes done to complete a miscarriage.