Today, there are many minimally-invasive procedures that can be performed right in our office, using the most advanced technology and techniques to enable women to have the care and treatment they need safely and without hospitalization. The doctors at Gresham Women's Healthcare are skilled in many types of in-office procedures, including:
Having procedures performed in the familiar setting of our state-of-the-art facility helps patients feel more relaxed while also ensuring they receive the personalized care and attention they need for optimal results.
Novasure endometrial ablation is a minimally-invasive procedure that’s used to treat heavy periods that occur in women with unusually thick uterine lining tissue. During the procedure, a special mesh tube is inserted into the uterus through the cervix.
Once inside the uterus, the mesh expands, conforming to the contours of the uterus so it remains in close contact with the uterine lining. Next, radiofrequency energy is transmitted through the meshwork for about 90 seconds, destroying the uterine lining without harming the uterus itself. The procedure takes about 10 minutes. Novasure is especially effective in treating menorrhagia, very heavy periods that become more common as a woman approaches menopause.
Essure sterilization is a type of permanent birth control that works by blocking the fallopian tubes. Tiny coils are inserted into the fallopian tubes. The insertion is performed right in the office using a minimally-invasive technique to access the fallopian tubes through the uterus. Once the coils are in place, they irritate the tissues inside the fallopian tubes, causing scar tissue to form. As the scar tissue builds up around the coils, it blocks the tubes, preventing eggs from descending into the uterus. After the procedure, the doctor will perform a follow-up ultrasound to ensure scar tissue formation is complete. Until the success of the procedure is confirmed, another form of birth control must be used to prevent pregnancy.
LEEP stands for loop electrosurgical excision procedure, a technique used to remove abnormal cervical tissue The LEEP device uses a small loop of wire that conducts a small current of electricity. The current works to remove tissue while also sealing or cauterizing the area to reduce bleeding.
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