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Surgery on Your Schedule

Having surgery shouldn’t mean putting your life on hold. That’s why Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Kaufman offers women the latest minimally invasive outpatient surgical procedures.

Texas Health Kaufman’s advanced treatment options help women return to their normal activities as quickly as possible. Here is a look at some of the new surgical services we
now offer.

Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

During this advanced procedure, the uterus is detached from inside the body using laparoscopic instruments while the doctor examines the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries through a camera attached to a scope. The uterus is then removed through a small incision at the top of the vagina.

“One advantage of laparoscopic hysterectomy is that incisions are smaller and therefore heal more quickly than with abdominal hysterectomy,” says Michael Glover, D.O., board-certified OB/GYN on the medical staff at Texas Health Kaufman. “In most cases, laparoscopic hysterectomies are performed on an outpatient basis, meaning patients can leave the hospital the very same day. Also, patients can typically return to their normal routines in about two weeks, which is a much shorter recovery period than with traditional hysterectomies.”

Endometrial Abalation

As an alternative to hysterectomy for the treatment of excessive menstrual bleeding or irregular periods in women, endometrial ablation is an option for women who wish to keep their uterus or avoid major surgery. Instead of taking out the whole uterus, only the inner lining is removed.

“The procedure, which is performed on an outpatient basis, is a viable choice for women who have finished childbearing and want relief from excessive bleeding without undergoing a hysterectomy,” explains Phyllis Carter, R.N., director of Women and Infants Services at Texas Health Kaufman. “Women often view endometrial ablation as a more comfortable and less invasive option.”

Treating Urinary Incontinence

Tension-free vaginal tape (TVT) — a synthetic mesh tape — is used to reinforce the ligaments and tissues that support the urethra. This minimally invasive procedure prevents urine leakage during sudden movement such as laughing, coughing and sneezing. The goal of the procedure is to correct stress incontinence and reduce combined stress and urge incontinence in women.

“The tape is placed beneath the middle of the urethra in an outpatient surgical procedure,” says Dr. Glover. “TVT doesn’t require anchors or sutures and produces minimal scarring.”

In the weeks before your surgery, you should:

• Avoid taking aspirin or other blood-thinning medications that interfere with blood clotting.

• Eat a well-balanced diet, including plenty of foods rich in vitamin C, which may help promote tissue healing.

• Exercise regularly to build energy and maintain strength.

• Get your home ready by preparing food and rearranging furniture if necessary.

• Stop smoking and avoid excessive alcohol consumption.

(Fall/Winter 2009)

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