Whenever possible, our health professionals at SunLife try to avoid surgery so we will review a variety of options for treatment of your specific problem. When surgery is the most medically appropriate option, we do the least invasive surgery to correct the problem. Our physicians are trained in the latest minimally invasive surgeries and have extensive experience in conducting gynecologic surgery including the following:
This procedure is used to visually examine the abdomen and reproductive organs and treat some of the conditions associated with the pelvic and abdominal organs. The physician will make a couple of very small incision in the abdomen, insert the laparoscope a small lighted telescope and examine the area to detect the cause of such conditions as severe pelvic pain, infertility, ectopic (tubal) pregnancy, ovarian cysts and fibroids.
This is a surgical procedure which uses a hysteroscope, a thin telescope that is inserted through the cervix into the uterus. The procedure can help diagnose the cause of infertility, abnormal bleeding, polyps, fibroid tumors, and displaced IUDs.
This is the complete removal of the uterus (womb) using an incision through the vagina or through the abdomen. This can be done either with the laperoscope or in the traditional manner with a n incision on the abdomen. With the laparoscope the internal organs are viewed while removing the uterus via the vagina. In some situations the ovaries and/or fallopian tubes may also be removed during a hysterectomy.
This is the surgical removal of fibroids (benign or non-cancerous tumors) from the uterine muscle without removal of the uterus, thus mantaining the option for future pregnancy.
This can be used as an alternative to having a hysterectomy for women who experience heavy and/or prolonged periods. Endometrial Ablation is a procedure that uses varous instruments to destroy (ablate) the uterine lining, or endometrium. For this procedure, SunLife uses the brand, NovaSure, a minimally invasive outpatient treatment which does not include hormones.
Sterilization (Tubal Ligation) We offer three main types of tubal ligation at SunLife:
Laparscopic Tubal Ligation: In the laparoscopic type of tubal ligation, the physician uses a long metal tube inserted into the abdomen through a tiny incision. This tube, or "laparoscope," has a small fiberoptic light and lens at its tip and requires a small incision on your abdomen about the thickness of a pen or marker. The lapersocpe is then attached to a video camera and monitor for all in the operating room to be able to see. Additional specially designed instrument are then used to permanently tie, cut, burn, or clip the tubes closed.
Essure Tubal Ligation: Essure is a permanent birth control procedure that works with your body to create a natural barrier against pregnancy. Two advantages of this procedure are that it does not require any cutting into the body and can be performed in a doctor's office taking up less than an hour of your time.Â An Essure trained physician inserts small flexible micro-insertsâ„¢ through the vagina, cervix, and uterus and into your fallopian tubes. As with other methods of sterilization this procedure is not reversible.
Postpartum Tubal Ligation: A postpartum tubal ligation is a method of permanent sterilization usually performed within a day or two after delivery of a baby. This method involves making a small incision under the belly button in order to tie, cut, and/or burn the fallopian tubes to prevent pregnancy. At this time, the position of the uterus is usually at the level of the belly button making it easier an d convenient for the doctor to access the fallopian tubes.