Dr. Dhanda performs many surgical procedures in the office and in our fully accredited surgery center. This means we can treat most gynecological conditions in our office without having to refer our patients to a hospital.
Operative hysteroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure used to diagnose and treat causes of abnormal bleeding or heavy periods. Hysteroscopy allows your doctor to examine your uterus through use of a hysteroscope, which is a thin, lighted, telescope-like device. This tiny camera is inserted through the vagina into the uterus.
One of the most common uses for hysteroscopy is to find the cause of abnormal uterine bleeding. Causes of abnormal bleeding include fibroids, non-cancerous growths that can develop inside the womb, or polyps – small growths occurring on the lining of the womb. Hysteroscopy can also detect intrauterine lesions that may cause absent periods and infertility. It is also used to evaluate thickening of the uterus lining, which can increase the risk of uterine cancer.
If a PAP smear result is abnormal, we may recommend a colposcopy, which is a procedure that checks your cervix and vagina for abnormal cells with a microscope. If abnormal cells are found during the colposcopy, your physician may take a biopsy (a sample of tissue) for further testing.
It is important not to worry if your physician recommends a colposcopy, as it does not necessarily indicate a serious underlying issue.
LOOP ELECTROSURGICAL EXCISION PROCEDURE (LEEP)
If you have an abnormal cervical cancer screening result, your healthcare provider may suggest a Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP) as part of the evaluation and treatment. LEEP is one way to remove abnormal cells from the cervix by using a thin wire loop that acts like a scalpel (surgical knife). An electric current is passed through the loop, which cuts away a thin layer of the cervix. The procedure is usually done in the doctor’s office with local anesthesia. It is quick and effective.
Endometrial ablation is an option for women suffering from very heavy periods, where the bleeding cannot be controlled by medication. In this procedure, which is performed through the vagina with no incisions, your doctor will use one of several available techniques to ablate (destroy) a thin layer of the uterine lining. This reduces or stops menstrual flow.
PERMANENT BIRTH CONTROL
For women seeking a permanent method of birth control, we offer a nonsurgical procedure called hysteroscopic tubal ligation. This involves closing off the fallopian tubes to prevent the egg from moving through the tubes and into the uterus, and to stop sperm from reaching the egg.
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