Our board-certified gynecologic surgeons perform the full spectrum of procedures available to treat problems in a woman’s reproductive system, from heavy menstrual bleeding to cancer. Wherever possible, we use minimally invasive techniques, also referred to as gynecologic laparoscopy.
The dedicated doctors at Dignity Health Southern California practice sensitivity and good communication as they provide gynecologic surgery in Southern California. Find a Doctor online to get the conversation started.
Why We Perform Gynecologic Surgery
Gynecologic surgery is usually recommended when medications or other treatments haven’t achieved the desired results.
Gynecologic surgical procedures may be performed to treat:
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Ovarian cysts
- Endometriosis, when tissue that lines the uterus grows outside the uterus
- Infertility, which can be caused by endometriosis or blocked fallopian tubes
- Uterine fibroids, noncancerous growths that can sometimes enlarge the uterus.
- Stress incontinence, or bladder leakage during coughing, laughing, or physical activity
- Permanent birth control, or tubal ligation, also known as tying tubes
- Pelvic prolapse, when an organ such as the vagina, uterus, bladder, or rectum moves out of its normal place
- Cancer affecting the uterus, ovaries, cervix, vagina, or vulva
What to Expect With Gynecologic Surgery at Dignity Health Southern California
Depending on the condition, gynecologic surgery can be performed as open surgery or minimally invasive surgery. The type of anesthesia used depends on the surgical procedure. Both types of surgery take place in a hospital setting with the support of a full healthcare team. Open surgery involves a large incision and may require an overnight stay. Minimally invasive surgery, or gynecologic laparoscopy, is often an outpatient procedure.
Minimally invasive surgery uses one or more tiny incisions in the abdomen to view and treat problems in the pelvis. Surgery may also be performed through the vagina. Compared to traditional surgery, minimally invasive surgery may have the benefits of less pain, less blood loss, and faster recovery.
Every procedure comes with benefits and risks. Your doctor will discuss them with you thoroughly.
Recovery After Gynecologic Surgery
If you have minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, you will likely recover within a few days. Open surgery involves larger incisions and requires more recovery time. Your doctor will provide instructions for recovery that may include limits on your activities. After most gynecologic surgeries, you should not have sex until your doctor says it’s safe.
Dignity Health doctors perform minimally invasive gynecologic surgery in Southern California.