Elite Women's Care
Obstetricians & Gynecologists located in Hoffman Estates, IL
Whether you’re experiencing heavy vaginal bleeding or your Pap smear came back with abnormal results, Elite Women’s Care in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, has the expertise to address a range of women’s health conditions. They provide minimally invasive procedures, including colposcopy, hysteroscopy, and endometrial ablation. Get the expert care you deserve by calling today or booking online.
Colposcopy, Hysteroscopy and Endometrial Ablation Q & A
What is a colposcopy?
Colposcopy is a simple in-office procedure that the team at Elite Women's Care may recommend when you've had an abnormal Pap smear result.
A colposcopy gets its name because the procedure involves a colposcope, a slim magnifying device. Your practitioner uses the device to examine your cervix and take samples of any abnormal-looking cells for testing.
Lab tests then assess the severity of the abnormality. If the lab results show the presence of precancerous cells, your practitioner may recommend a procedure to remove the abnormalities, such as a loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP).
During a LEEP, your practitioner carefully removes unhealthy cervical tissues with an electrified wire loop, leaving your healthy tissues behind.
What is hysteroscopy?
Hysteroscopy is an in-office procedure that‘s done using a thin, lighted tube called a hysteroscope. Your practitioner inserts the device into your uterus via your vagina and cervix.
The hysteroscopy is a versatile technique, capable of both diagnosing and treating the source of abnormal bleeding and other gynecological health issues. Hysteroscopy offers the added advantage of avoiding the need for an incision in your pelvis or abdomen.
Why should I have a hysteroscopy?
The team at Elite Women's Care typically recommends hysteroscopy to manage uterine conditions, such as:
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding
- Uterine fibroids
The procedure also can correct uterine adhesions (scar tissue).
What happens during a hysteroscopy?
Your practitioner begins by gently dilating your cervix, then threading the hysteroscope into your uterus via your cervix.
They slowly expand your uterus with a concentrate of either harmless gas or saline to help see your uterine cavity more clearly. They perform your treatment with long-handled surgical instruments.
The procedure may be done under general anesthesia, which means you're asleep during your treatment. You can go home after you've recovered from the anesthesia.
What is endometrial ablation?
Endometrial ablation is a minimally invasive procedure often used to reduce or stop heavy menstrual bleeding. Endometrial ablation works by removing the uterine lining that causes your heavy period.
The team at Elite Women's Care may recommend endometrial ablation if other treatments have failed to regulate your heavy bleeding, and you’re finished having children. The procedure isn't appropriate if you want children in the future, as it may increase pregnancy complications.
Find out more about minimally invasive treatments at Elite Women's Care by calling today or scheduling a consultation online.
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