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Uterine and Pelvic Conditions

Uterine and Pelvic Conditions

If you suffer from endometriosis, heavy menstrual bleeding or other uterine problems, it’s important to identify the underlying cause. After all, an accurate diagnosis is the first step toward better health.

Conveniently located near the OB/GYN Clinic, the unit is staffed by physicians who are specialists in gynecology, maternal fetal medicine, reproductive endocrinology, infertility and genetics. They are supported by sonographers and nurses with years of experience in GYN ultrasound.

Uterine and Pelvic Conditions

If you suffer from endometriosis, heavy menstrual bleeding or other uterine problems, it’s important to identify the underlying cause. After all, an accurate diagnosis is the first step toward better health.

Conveniently located near the OB/GYN Clinic, the unit is staffed by physicians who are specialists in gynecology, maternal fetal medicine, reproductive endocrinology, infertility and genetics. They are supported by sonographers and nurses with years of experience in GYN ultrasound.

Diagnostics

Our goal is to accurately diagnose your problem and determine the correct treatment so that you can get back to living your normal life.  

GYN Ultrasound

Augusta University offers Gynecologic (GYN) ultrasound testing services. Our unit provides in-and out-patient GYN ultrasounds using state-of-the-art 2D, 3D and 4D machines specifically designed for gynecological applications. Ultrasound can identify the causes of pelvic conditions including:

  • Endometriosis
  • Painful periods
  • No period
  • Excessive or irregular menstrual bleeding
  • Uterine bleeding
  • Delayed menses, precocious puberty or vaginal bleeding in pre-pubescent children
  • Postmenopausal bleeding

We also use GYN ultrasound to evaluate:

  • Infertility in patients, including monitoring and treatment
  • Abnormal or technically limited pelvic exams, or to further evaluate pelvic abnormalities found on other imaging studies
  • Pelvic infections
  • Congenital anomalies of the pelvis or pelvic organs

We also perform sonohysterography testing. This diagnostic ultrasound is used to discover abnormalities in the uterine cavity. 

Diagnostic hysteroscopy

Gynecologists at Augusta University Medical Center offer a simple in-office diagnostic procedure known as a hysteroscopy.  Doctors insert an instrument, with a tiny lighted video camera on it, through your cervix to view your uterine cavity, they look for polyps, fibroids or other growths which can cause:

  • Heavy menstrual bleeding
  • bleeding between periods
  • Painful cramping

In the past, women who suffered from heavy menstrual bleeding, bleeding between periods or painful cramping, often had to undergo major surgery. Now, many of these problems can be treated using minimally invasive procedures.

Operative hysteroscopy

An operative hysteroscopy is done to find and treat uterine problems. Using tiny instruments, they can remove polyps, cut adhesions or perform other procedures.  Patients usually go home the same day the procedure, and return to work the day after.

Operative hysteroscopy with resectoscope

A resectoscope is a hysteroscope with a built-in wire loop that uses high-frequency electrical current to cut or coagulate tissue. In some cases, it is more efficient at removing fibroids or large polyps than a conventional hysteroscope, it may also be offered as an alternative to a hysterectomy.

Like the standard hysteroscope, the resectoscope is inserted through the cervix. But since it is larger in diameter than the diagnostic hysteroscope, it requires dilation of the cervix.  Resectoscope procedures are performed as an outpatient surgery. Minor procedures can be done under local anesthesia, but most women prefer general anesthesia.

Endometrial ablation or endometrial resection

Heavy menstrual bleeding can disrupt your life, yet many women struggle in silence with this problem for years. If you are bothered by heavy, painful periods and your family is complete, here’s some good news. 

Skilled and experienced OB/GYNs at Augusta University Health offer two procedures that can improve your health and lifestyle - endometrial ablation or endometrial resection 

These inpatient procedures permanently destroy the endometrium (lining of your uterus).  As a result, you’ll have little or no menstrual flow, without hormones or surgery. Most women return to normal activities the next day.

These procedures are safe alternatives to hysterectomy for women who are finished with child bearing and want to avoid major surgery.

 

Our Providers

Augusta University Medical Center specialists provide care and support throughout your entire healthcare journey.

Brakta, Soumia, MD

Reproductive Endocrin/Infert

Page, Renee T., MD

Obstetrics-Gyn

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