When health complications require follow-up, being referred to another health care professional can be uncomfortable and a hassle. However, when you’re a patient of a comprehensive practice like Memphis Obstetrics & Gynecological Association, PC, with locations in Memphis, Germantown, and Bartlett, Tennessee, and Southaven, Mississippi, most tests and treatments are provided in-house. Contact the office by phone or online today to schedule your next visit.
A relatively recent innovation in health care is the rise of office-based surgeries (OBS) and procedures, made possible in many cases by new technologies, shifting the load from hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers to doctors’ offices.
These changes create a wide range of benefits for patients and doctors. There are often fewer scheduling delays since there’s no need for referrals. In-office procedures tend to be minimally invasive, which keeps recovery time to a minimum. You maintain continuity of care, working with doctors and staff you already know, and to whom you’re a face and name rather than a case file.
The field of gynecology lends itself well to in-office procedures performed under local anesthetics. Technological advances in medical devices and imagery further expand the scope of OBS. The in-office procedures provided by MOGA can be divided into three general categories: Diagnosis, treatment, and birth control.
Colposcopy is a more detailed pelvic exam that typically follows a Pap test that produces abnormal results. A colposcope permits a detailed view of the tissue of the vulva, vagina, and cervix for the identification and potential biopsy of abnormal cells that may be precancerous.
Hysteroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure to inspect the lining of your uterus, typically investigating uterine fibroids or polyps. Many treatment procedures can also be performed during hysteroscopies, such as the removal of fibroids and polyps and endometrial ablation.
NovaSure® endometrial ablation is a safe, effective, and quick treatment for premenopausal women who are done having children but experiencing heavy and painful menstrual periods. Using radiofrequency energy, the endometrium – the inner lining of the uterus – is warmed and naturally removed by your body.
Loop electrosurgical excision procedure, or LEEP, is a treatment to prevent cervical cancer by removing abnormal, precancerous cells from your cervix. A small electrical loop burns away the abnormal cells during a procedure under local anesthetic.
Essure® is a minimally invasive permanent birth control system that implants a flexible insert into your fallopian tubes. Over a few months, this insert works with your body to create a barrier that keeps eggs and sperm apart. Tubal ligation achieves the same effect by tying off sections of your fallopian tubes.