Less surgical trauma, less scarring, faster recoveries
Many medical conditions can be treated with a minimally invasive approach.
Simply put, minimally invasive medical care means that Dr. Hessel will use advanced tools like tiny cameras and surgical instruments to treat conditions like abnormal or heavy bleeding, fibroids, pre-cancerous cervical changes and even total hysterectomy surgery without the pain, bleeding or recovery time of a major surgery.
Minimally invasive techniques are always advancing and offer you more options than ever, such as:
Using a small camera with a light, Dr. Hessel gently passes this flexible camera through the vagina and cervix to see inside the uterus.
Hysteroscopy is used to diagnose abnormal bleeding, to find an IUD that has moved, to look closely at the inside lining of the uterus, or it can be used along with laparoscopy when looking for physical causes of infertility.
Hysteroscopy is done in the hospital and you may be given something to relax you if the procedure is simple, or you may need to be completely asleep.
Dr. Hessel will talk with you before the procedure and help you decide what may be best. You will be able to go home immediately after the procedure and should be able to resume normal activities within a day or so.
Many common female conditions used to be treated with large incisions that took days or weeks to heal. Patients ended up with more pain, scarring and slower recoveries.
Today, Dr. Hessel uses a minimally invasive treatment approach called laparoscopy. Laparoscopy is used by many kinds of doctors to treat or inspect organs inside the belly.
Using just a few one-inch-wide incisions at the belly button and on the abdomen, a thin, flexible scope is used to examine your uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes and tissues around them.
Samples can be collected for biopsy if needed or extra tools can be used to perform entire procedures like hysterectomy surgery or fibroid removal.
Laparoscopic hysterectomy surgery
Laparoscopic hysterectomy surgery is a common and convenient way to remove the uterus, cervix or other female organs. Hysterectomy used to be a complicated procedure, but today’s techniques allow for less pain, bleeding and recovery time.
Using a lighted flexible scope and only a few small incisions on the belly, Dr. Hessel is able to remove the uterus without the large incisions of the past.
Recovery is much quicker, and some patients can even rest at home the same day. If a hospital stay is required, it’s usually just a day or two.
Gynecare Thermachoice® for heavy bleeding
Heavy or abnormal vaginal bleeding can be difficult to manage. Thankfully, you can live better with a simple, 8-minute procedure that stops heavy bleeding for good.
Completed in the office or hospital, a small balloon is placed through the vagina inside the uterus (no incisions required) and filled with fluid so it shapes to the inside of your uterus.
The fluid is then heated. Once the procedure is over, the balloon is drained and removed and the lining of the uterus will shed off like a period for the next week or so. Afterward, you can expect lighter, more manageable periods.
Most women say that the Thermachoice treatment reduced pain, cramping and how heavily they bled during their period.
Fibroid removal (myomectomy surgery)
Using laparoscopy, Dr. Hessel is able to examine and remove uterine fibroids. Fibroids are benign (not cancerous) tumors that can grow inside the uterus, causing pain, heavy bleeding and irregular periods.
After fibroid removal, Dr. Hessel can reconstruct your uterus. Myomectomy surgery is different from hysterectomy surgery because you get to keep your uterus and only the fibroids are removed. Uterine fibroids treatment is done in a hospital and you will be asleep for the procedure.
In some cases, you may be able to go home the same day or you may stay overnight to make sure you are recovering properly.
LEEP procedure for abnormal cervical cells
Early treatment for pre-cancerous cells in the cervix found in abnormal Pap tests can prevent cervical cancer. LEEP uses a small wire loop to remove sections of abnormal cells from the cervix and reduce the number of abnormal cells that grow in the future. You will not be asleep for the procedure, but your doctor will numb the area before the procedure or give you a sedative to relax you and keep you comfortable.
LEEP uses a gentle electric current to remove abnormal cells. After the LEEP procedure, Dr. Hessel can send the tissue that has been removed off to the lab for extra testing if needed.
You will be able to go home right after the LEEP procedure and may have some light vaginal bleeding for a few days after. In many cases, LEEP completely removes abnormal cells and no other treatment is required. Dr. Hessel will monitor you closely and recommend more treatments if they are needed.