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Advanced Gyn Surgery

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Permanent Birth Control

If you’ve reached a point in your life when you no longer wish to have children, Dr. Sargent recommends a minimally invasive procedure 15 minute office procedure to occlude your tubes. Essure provides an effective system to do this. Essure Website What is Tubal Occlusion? With tubal occlusion, small flexible implants are placed through the body’s natural pathways (vagina, cervix, and uterus) into the Fallopian tubes. During the three months following the procedure, your body and the implants form a barrier that prevents sperm from reaching the ovaries. During this period of time, another form of birth control must be used. Three months after the procedure, Dr. Sargent will perform a test to confirm that the tubes are fully blocked. Most women are candidates for tubal occlusion, but sometimes...

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Operative Hysteroscopy

What is hysteroscopy? Hysteroscopy is the inspection of the inside of the uterus using a thin, telescope-like device called a hysteroscope. This device is inserted into the uterus through the vagina and cervix. Hysteroscopy is often used to help with diagnosis or treatment of a uterine problem. As minor surgery, hysteroscopy may be conducted in an operating room or in Dr. Sargent’s office. In some cases, little or no anesthesia is needed. The procedure generally poses little risk. To allow for visibility, a passed through hysteroscope to expand the uterus, while a light is shined through the device to enable viewing of the inside of the uterus. For more complicated procedures, a laparoscope may be used at the same time to view the outside of the uterus. If...

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Laparoscopy

What is laparoscopy? Laparoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure used to look inside the abdomen and pelvis. A small cut is made in the abdominal wall, usually at the belly button, and a thin, fiber-optic telescope attached to a light source and video camera is passed through into the abdomen. This telescope, called a laparoscope, can be used to look at abdominal organs, take tissue samples (biopsies) and remove abnormal tissue. The images picked up by the laparoscope are displayed on a television monitor so the surgeon can see what is happening in real time. Laparoscopy is usually performed when the patient is under general anesthesia (unconscious). However, it can be performed with other types of anesthesia that permit the patient to remain awake. When is laparoscopy...

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Urinary Incontinence Treatment

What is urinary incontinence? Most women experience recurring mild urinary leakage at some point in their lives. It can be caused by certain physical activities or conditions. Some women may experience leakage when they hear running water, or when a part of their body comes into contact with water. Others simply cannot control the urge to urinate. When urinary leakage becomes frequent or severe, the condition is called urinary incontinence. This condition affects about one in every 10 women. There are five types of urinary incontinence: Stress incontinence, the most common type of incontinence in younger women, occurs when the tissues that support the bladder or the muscles of the urethra get weak. Leaks may result from coughing, laughing, or sneezing, or from activities such as walking, running...

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Hysterectomy

What is a hysterectomy? Deciding whether or not to have a hysterectomy, or surgical removal of the uterus, is a weighty and personal decision. Dr. Sargent can work with you to determine whether a hysterectomy is the best solution for your symptoms and conditions. If you're considering a hysterectomy, you're not alone. More than 600,000 hysterectomies are performed in the United States every year, and a third of all women in the United States can be expected to have a hysterectomy by age 60. Conditions that can be treated via hysterectomy include: certain types of pre-cancererous conditions and cancers of the uterus or ovaries severe endometriosis (improper growth of the uterine lining) improper growth or location of the placenta (postpartum treatment) genetic conditions predisposing to cancer Types of hysterectomy If...

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