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Cervical conization is used to remove effected parts of yours cervix in order to prevent or treat early forms of cervical cancer.
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Cervcial cerclage is a purse-string type suture that keeps your cervix closed to help keep the baby from delivering too early.
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Dilation and Curettage
Dilation and curettage is a procedure done to scrape and collect tissue inside the uterus and/or endometrium, which is the lining inside the uterus. Dilation is the widening of the cervix which allows instruments to pass into the uterus, while curettage is the scraping of the uterine walls. This procedure is performed to remove tissue after a miscarriage, diagnose uterine cancer or other conditions, or treat heavy bleeding. It is performed under general or local anesthesia. A speculum is inserted into the vagina to hold it open, while a dilator opens the cervix. A curette is then inserted to gently scrape the tissue, which is then analyzed by a pathologist.
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Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus. The procedure is done either through the abdomen (through a traditional or laparoscopic approach) or through the vagina. A hysterectomy can remove the body of the uterus (supracervical) or body and cervix (total). One may leave or remove her tubes and ovaries depending on reasons for hysterectomy and one’s age. Hysterectomies are typically performed to treat heavy vaginal bleeding, uterine fibroids, pelvic pain, cervical or ovarian cancer, endometriosis and tumors. The surgery usually requires a 1 to 3 day hospital stay and full recovery is expected in six to eight weeks.
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Incontinence surgery is done to help assist your bladder in retaining urine. The surgery may be done in conjunction with other surgeries. It is very important that you do Kegal exercises or pelvic floor physical therapy along with your surgery in order to obtain optimal results.
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Instructions for Incontinence Surgery
Laparoscopy may be used to evaluate and or treat concerns in your abdomen and pelvis. Laparoscopy may used for gynecological concerns as well as infertility concerns. Laparoscopy may be used to perform a hysterectomy. Most of the time laparoscopy is considered same day and you may be able to go home the day of your surgery.
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Myomectomy is a procedure that surgically removes fibroids (non-cancerous tumors of the uterus), and repairs the uterus for women who plan to bear children or want to keep their uterus. Myomectomy can be done abdominally, laparoscopically, or hysteroscopically depending on the size and location of the fibroids.
Hysteroscopic (vaginal): Hysteroscopy
Abdominally: Hysterectomy (same instructions and risks)
For hysteroscopic (vaginal) myomectomy go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmUv4A8iT0s
For abdominal myomectomy go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JII8m1HfCEY
Pelvic Floor Support Surgery
Pelvic floor surgery is used to support your vaginal walls from falling out. This surgery addresses prolapse of the uterus (uterine prolapsed), bladder (cystocele) and rectum (rectocele). This surgery may be done in conjunction with hysterectomy and incontinence surgery.
For information about Bladder and Pelvic Floor Surgery see: Pelvic Prolapse
For Pelvic Support Surgery see: Pelvic Support Instructions
Tubal ligation is the blocking of the tubes in order to prevent the egg from traveling down into the uterus after ovulation, thus preventing conception. This is considered a permanent and non-reversible form of birth control. The failure rate is less than 1%. Tubal ligation may be done through a traditional open incision (mini-laparotomy), through small incisions (laparoscopy) or vaginally (Essure).