Gynecological Procedures in Bowie, Greenbelt, and North Bethesda, MD
There are 4 million gynecological procedures performed annually in the US, according to the National Library of Medicine. Of course, many women don’t often know much about these procedures unless they must undergo one. Here at Capital Women’s Care, our Bowie, MD, OBGYNs want to provide you with all the information you need about the most common gynecological procedures to make the most informed choice regarding your health.
Endometrial ablation may be recommended for women dealing with excessive bleeding during their menstrual cycles (particularly in women who aren’t planning to become pregnant). This procedure will destroy the uterus lining, resulting in little to no menstrual bleeding.
Dilation and Curettage (D&C)
This procedure is one of the most common gynecological procedures our Bowie, MD, team performs. It involves removing some of the uterus lining to treat various issues, including polyps, fibroids, abnormal cells, or bleeding. This non-surgical procedure is often performed in just 10-15 minutes.
A laparoscopic procedure allows our team to better view the reproductive system, from the uterus and fallopian tubes to the ovaries, by making tiny incisions into the abdomen rather than the larger incisions of traditional surgery. Laparoscopic gynecological procedures allow our team to do everything from biopsy tissue, remove adhesions, repair the uterus or even remove the ovaries. Laparoscopic procedures allow for a shorter and less extensive recovery period.
This procedure is performed when a woman needs to have her uterus, and sometimes ovaries removed. There are many ways to perform a hysterectomy, including robot-assisted, laparoscopy, and vaginally. This more extensive procedure is most often performed in a hospital and will require a few days to recover. A hysterectomy is something that our team can discuss with you during your next annual gynecological exam to determine if it’s necessary for you. Some reasons to get a hysterectomy include,
- Fibroids that cause heavy bleeding or pain
- Cancer or pre-cancer of the uterus or ovaries
- Severe endometriosis
- Uterine prolapse
- Pelvic adhesions
- Prolonged or heavy uterine bleeding