Alternatives to Hysterectomy

Many disorders affecting the uterus may be successfully treated without resorting to hysterectomy. A large proportion of women with uterine fibroids may be successfully treated with the use of appropriate medications, by procedures decreasing blood flow to fibroids (embolization of uterine arteries), or by myomectomy (removal of fibroids without removing the uterus). Many myomectomies may be performed as outpatient procedures using hysteroscopy laparoscopy. Alternatives to hysterectomy may be also offered to many women suffering from severe endometriosis, chronic pelvic pain, painful menses (dysmenorrhea), adenomyosis, and many other conditions. Our physicians can provide guidance in selecting the optimum therapy.

Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical technique that that uses a tube with a light and a camera lens at the end (laparoscope) to examine organs, check for abnormalities, or perform minimally invasive surgeries. Laparoscopy is a surgery which avoids making large incisions. Tissue samples may also be taken for examination and testing.

Hysteroscopy is a surgical procedure used to help diagnose and treat many uterine disorders. The hysteroscope (a viewing instrument inserted through the vagina for a visual examination of the canal of the cervix and the interior of the uterus) can transmit an image of the uterine canal and cavity to a television screen.