Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Procedures
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MonaLisa Touch™ Laser
MonaLisa Touch laser, the most recent innovation to help post-menopausal women, and breast cancer patients, unable to take hormone replacement, with a wide array of vaginal health concerns ranging from severe discomfort to painful intercourse; any of these can greatly impact a woman’s quality of life. The MonaLisa Touch laser procedure is performed in-office without the need for anesthesia, and without pain or side effects. The MonaLisa Touch delivers laser energy to the vaginal wall to promote vaginal mucosal revitalization and return vaginal health. Patients undergo three treatments spaced six weeks apart, and each treatment time is less than five minutes.
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Hysteroscopy is an office or hospital based procedure that is used to look inside the uterus. It utilizes a hysterscope, a slender telescope-like device, which is inserted into the uterus. The procedure is commonly used to:
- diagnose or treat uterine problems associated with abnormal bleeding, i.e. polyps
- to help with the diagnosis of frequent miscarriages
- to locate an intrauterine device
- remove adhesions caused by infection or past surgeries
- perform sterilization procedures
Women who are pregnant should not have the procedure.
NovaSure® Endometrial Ablation
NovaSure® is a non-surgical, office-based endometrial ablation procedure used to treat the lining of the uterus (endometrium) in women experiencing heavy menstrual periods. Your physician may recommend this procedure when birth control pills have been ineffective or have produced undesirable effects such as weight gain, moodiness etc.
Novasure is a safe procedure using radio frequency energy (radio waves) to permanently remove the uterine lining (endometrium). The procedure is performed by your physician gently inserting a thin wand, with a mesh array, into the uterus. Once the mesh has conformed to the uterine wall, a radio frequency is generated for about ninety seconds and the wand with the array is then removed. Similar to the results from Thermochoice®, the uterine lining will be shed over the next week to ten days. Results have included a significant reduction in menstrual bleeding, stopped periods, reduced PMS symptoms and reduced pain and cramping.
Note: Endometrial ablations are not a form of birth control, and in fact, complications are increased if you do become pregnant. Therefore, birth control is still necessary.