Many women require gynecological procedures at some point during their lives to prevent or treat women’s health issues. At Compassionate Care for Women in Las Vegas and Pahrump, Nevada, OB/GYN Lawson Richter, MD, and his team offer minimally-invasive gynecological procedures, such as hysteroscopies, colposcopies, loop electrosurgical excision procedures (LEEPs), and more to promote gynecological health and wellness.
What are gynecological procedures?
Gynecological procedures are in-office or minimally-invasive procedures that help prevent, diagnose, or treat certain gynecological conditions, such as:
- Abnormal or heavy uterine bleeding
- Precancerous cervical cells
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome
- Uterine fibroids
- Ovarian tumors or polyps
- Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
After reviewing your health and medical history and completing a thorough examination and lab or imaging tests if necessary, Dr. Richter lets you know which gynecological procedure, if any, you might require. In some cases, a “wait and see” approach is the best next step.
Which gynecological procedure might I require?
Dr. Richter completes numerous minimally-invasive procedures to treat gynecological conditions. He might recommend:
During a hysteroscopy, Dr. Richter examines the inside of your uterus and cervix by inserting a thin, lighted tube through your vagina. He may take a tissue sample, or biopsy, or remove fibroids or polyps during the procedure.
You might require a hysteroscopy if you’ve had an abnormal Pap test, experience abnormal uterine bleeding, suffer from infertility, or require intrauterine device (IUD) placement or removal.
A colposcopy is a gynecological procedure Dr. Richter uses to view your cervix and vagina. A colposcope, containing a magnifying lens and light, helps him view tissues within the cervix and vaginal walls to diagnose women’s health conditions.
He may take a tissue sample during the procedure for a lab to analyze. You might require a colposcopy if you’ve had an abnormal Pap test or problems with abnormal bleeding, polyps, or genital warts.
LOOP ELECTROSURGICAL EXCISION PROCEDURE (LEEP)
During a LEEP, Dr. Richter uses a wire loop heated by an electric current to remove abnormal tissue in your vagina or cervix so healthier tissue can grow in its place. You might require a LEEP if you’ve had an abnormal Pap test, polyps, or genital warts.
SIMPLE URODYNAMIC TESTING
Urodynamic tests for urinary incontinence evaluate your bladder’s function. Simple urodynamic testing involves measuring urine volume and flow rate and filling your bladder with water to diagnose urinary problems.
What should I expect during my procedure?
For minor gynecological procedures, you might not need anesthesia or local anesthesia to make your experience comfortable. You’ll remain awake in many cases but won’t feel pain. You can often go home the day of your procedure with little or no downtime. More invasive gynecological procedures might require general anesthesia.