For those suffering uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, endometriosis, menorrhagia, uterine prolapse, urinary incontinence or cervical and uterine cancer, St. Joseph’s has a long standing history of exemplary gynecological surgeons. From 1999, as the first hospital in Central New York (CNY) to perform minimally invasive anti-incontinence procedures, to 2008 as the one of the first CNY hospitals to utilize the da Vinci® robot for sacrocolpopexy, St. Joseph’s is committed to your care.
Today, St. Joseph’s performs more than 300 hysterectomies a year, 98% of them minimally invasive vaginal, laparoscopic or robotic procedures. As compared to traditional gynecological surgeries, laparoscopic or robotic procedures require smaller incisions, take less time and patients have less pain and recover more quickly.
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Endometriosis occurs when endometrial tissue, the tissue that lines the uterus and is shed during menstruation, grows outside the uterus – on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, the ligaments that support the uterus other organs in the pelvic cavity. As the growth occurs outside the uterus, your body reacts by creating scar tissue.
Menorrhagia is abnormally heavy and prolonged menstrual periods at regular intervals. Menorrhagia can be caused by abnormal blood clotting, disruption of normal hormonal regulation or disorders of the lining of the uterus.
An ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled sac that forms on or in the ovary. Most cysts are harmless and have no symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they are typically pain or a late period.
Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Pelvic organ prolapse is when the muscles and ligaments supporting a woman’s pelvic organs weaken and the pelvic organs slip out of place (prolapse). Pelvis organ prolapse can affect the bladder, uterus, vagina or rectum. Some women develop prolapse after menopause, childbirth or a hysterectomy.
Fibroids are the most common type of abnormal growth in the uterus and the most common reason for hysterectomy in U.S. women. Although fibroids are benign, or non-cancerous, their symptoms and side effects can include pelvic pain, heavy bleeding and infertility. The exact cause of fibroids is unknown, but experts suspect the female hormone – estrogen – plays an instrumental role in the formation of fibroids. Typically, fibroids worsen as a woman enters her 30s and 40s. Then, when estrogen levels drop at menopause, fibroids may shrink.
Uterine prolapse is the falling or sliding of the womb (uterus) from its normal position into the vaginal area. Muscles, ligaments and other structures hold the uterus in the pelvis. If these muscles and structures are weak, the uterus drops into the vaginal canal. This condition is more common in women who have had one or more vaginal births.
Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus. It is possible to have a total hysterectomy or a partial hysterectomy. It is the most commonly performed gynecological surgical procedure. A hysterectomy is normally recommended as a last resort to remedy certain intractable uterine/reproductive system conditions.
Lymphadenectomy is the surgical removal of one or more groups of lymph nodes. It is usually performed as part of the surgical management of cancer.
Myomectomy is the surgical removal of fibroids in the uterus. Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous growths that can grow on the inside of the uterus, within the muscle wall of the uterus or on the outer surface of the uterus.
Surgical operations used to treat women with urinary stress incontinence (involuntary loss of urine when you cough, sneeze, jump or run). The suberethral sling is a special tape that is looped under the urethra.
Sacrocolpopexy is the surgery used to fix a pelvic organ prolapse. Pelvic organ prolapse is when the muscles and ligaments supporting a woman’s pelvic organs weaken and the pelvis organs slip out of place.
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