The first time I heard the word “colposcopy” was when I needed one. My immediate thought was “what is a colposcopy and does it have anything to do with my colon”??? (Spoiler: colposcopies have nothing to do with colons). Come to find out, colonoscopies are very common procedures. Who knew? Not me.
At Between, we understand the importance of accessible and compassionate healthcare for women, and we are committed to providing convenient and affordable options for your reproductive health needs. We also understand the importance of education around vaginal and women's health issues. So we’ve compiled a short list of some of the most common gynecology surgeries and procedures. Maybe you’ve heard of them, or maybe you’ll learn something new!
- A hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the uterus. It is typically performed to treat conditions such as uterine fibroids, endometriosis, or cancer. There are several types of hysterectomy, including a total hysterectomy (removal of the uterus and cervix) and a partial hysterectomy (removal of the uterus only).
- A myomectomy is a surgical procedure to remove uterine fibroids while leaving the uterus intact. This procedure is typically recommended for women who want to preserve their fertility.
- Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that allows a healthcare provider to view the reproductive organs and surrounding tissues. A small incision is made in the abdomen, and a laparoscope (a thin, lighted tube with a camera) is inserted to provide a clear view of the area.
- A colposcopy is a diagnostic procedure that uses a special instrument called a colposcope to examine the cervix and vaginal tissues. It is typically performed to detect abnormal cells that may indicate cervical cancer.
Dilation and Curettage (D&C)
- D&C is a surgical procedure to remove tissue from the uterus, typically to diagnose or treat abnormal bleeding or to remove the products of a miscarriage.
- Hysteroscopy is a procedure to examine the inside of the uterus using a hysteroscope (a thin, lighted tube with a camera). It is typically performed to diagnose or treat conditions such as abnormal bleeding or uterine adhesions.
We believe that women should have access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare, including guidance on common gynecology surgeries and procedures. We encourage you to speak with a healthcare provider to determine the best course of treatment for their individual health needs. Book here if you need a gynecology appointment.
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- American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (2020). Hysterectomy. Retrieved from https://www.acog.org/womens-health/faqs/hysterectomy
- American Society of Reproductive Medicine. (2018). Myomectomy. Retrieved from https://www.reproductivefacts.org/news-and-publications/patient-fact-sheets-and-booklets/documents/fact-sheets-and-info-booklets/myomectomy/
- Mayo Clinic. (2021). Laparoscopy. Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/laparoscopy/about/pac-20384509
- American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology. (2018). Colposcopy. Retrieved from https://www.asccp.org/for-patients/colposcopy
- American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (2015). Dilation and Curettage. Retrieved from https://www.acog.org/womens-health/faqs/dilation-and-curettage
- American Society for Reproductive Medicine. (2018). Hysteroscopy. Retrieved from https://www.reproductivefacts.org/news-and-publications/patient-fact-sheets-and-booklets/documents/fact-sheets-and-info-booklets/hysteroscopy/