Many health issues don't require surgery or even a lengthy stay in the hospital. Common procedures can be handled right in the doctor's office on an outpatient basis, letting you return home soon after the procedure has been completed.
Just a few of these procedures include:
This procedure allows the doctor to retrieve a small sample of the uterus lining so that it can be examined for abnormal cells. Endometrial biopsies are used to check for uterine cancer, find the cause of any irregular or heavy uterine bleeding or see whether the uterus lining is experiencing normal menstrual cycle changes.
A small viewing scope is inserted into the vagina and navigated through the cervix and into the uterus. The video feed is used to detect abnormal bleeding, to see if there is a problem in the uterus that is affecting your ability to get pregnant, to remove growths in the uterus or to conduct a biopsy. A hysteroscopy can help your doctor find the possible cause of repeated miscarriages. It can also be used to open blockages in the fallopian tubes.
This procedure is used to destroy ablations in the uterine lining that can be causing bleeding. A number of ablation techniques can be used by your doctor, including a laser beam, heat, electricity, freezing or microwaves. The resulting ablated section of the uterus then scars, reducing or preventing further uterine bleeding. The entire procedure takes about 45 minutes and full recovery is expected in two weeks.
IUDs are small, safe and highly effective birth control devices that have been around since the 1970s. The IUD is placed into your uterus by your doctor. It prevents the egg from being fertilized by either damaging or killing the sperm and altering the uterine lining so a fertilized egg can't attach to it. It is a long-term birth control method and only takes a few minutes to insert.
This study can be used to assess the performance of your bladder and urethra. Through these studies, your doctor can assess how your bladder muscles are performing and the efficiency of urine storage and release. Most often urodynamic studies are used to diagnose problems related to incontinence, frequent or sudden need to urinate, painful urination, inability to empty your bladder completely or recurrent urinary tract infections.
Also known as a bladder wash or bath, bladder instillations are used to treat interstitial cystitis and bladder cancer. In this procedure, your doctor will fill your bladder with a "bladder cocktail" which is held for period of time before being emptied. The treatments are given every week or two in about 6 to 8 week cycles.
One of the oldest medical devices known, a vaginal pessary is used to support the uterus, vagina, bladder and rectum, such as when the uterus droops or sags into the vaginal canal or the bladder or rectum encroaches on the vagina. It is also used to address stress urinary incontinence. Your doctor will select the pessary that fits you best. It may need to be rechecked and changed out with a more effective shape or size. But once it is in place, you can care for it yourself at home with regular cleaning and reinsertion.
Excision of Minor Lesions
Under a local anesthetic, doctors at Florida Hospital Celebration Health can remove small lesions that have formed. It is a very straightforward procedure that only takes a few minutes. Most lesions are easily removed and you will be able to return home shortly after the procedure has been completed.
A tubal occlusion is a non-surgical procedure that is a permanent form of birth control. Your doctor will insert a long metal coil into each of the fallopian tubes. Over the next few months, tissue grows over the coil, creating a plug. It takes about 15 to 30 minutes to perform and is done under a local anesthetic. A follow up visit confirms that the tubes have become plugged.