Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns has the only unit in San Diego dedicated exclusively to women's surgery, with expert caregivers who specialize in the latest minimally invasive procedures, including robotic surgery. These procedures can be used for hysterectomy and to treat fibroids, endometriosis and female pelvic disorders like pelvic prolapse and incontinence.
Why Choose Sharp Mary Birch for Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery?
- Sharp Mary Birch has the only hospital unit in San Diego especially for women recovering from surgery
- All patient rooms are restful and private, and include a sofa sleeper where a loved one can spend the night
- We provide personalized care, and take patients’ preferences and concerns into account
- Our affiliated physicians are experts in minimally invasive surgical techniques which can result in less pain and scarring, a shorter hospital stay and a quicker recovery
- The hospital has been designated as a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology by the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists
Minimally invasive surgical and nonsurgical techniques are used to for the following conditions and procedures:
The Benefits of Minimally Invasive Treatment
Many women delay treatment for bleeding, pelvic pain, discomfort or incontinence because they are concerned about the impact surgery will have on their lives. Conditions previously requiring a woman to undergo major surgery can now often be treated using less-invasive techniques.
During minimally invasive surgery, physicians use high-definition monitors to view 3-D images and utilize fine instruments, which provide greater dexterity, precision and control during the operation. Because these procedures are performed without incisions or through a few small incisions, they result in less pain and scarring, a shorter hospital stay and a quicker return to normal life.
Minimally invasive and nonsurgical techniques offered at Sharp Mary Birch include:
- Endometrial Ablation
Endometrial ablation is a procedure that provides a solution to heavy periods by removing the endometrium — the inside lining of the uterus. This procedure generally does not require a hospital stay. This treatment is best suited for women prior to menopause who experience heavy menstrual bleeding and who do not plan to have children in the future.
Hysteroscopy is a technique used to examine the inside of the uterus. The hysteroscope is a thin instrument with a lens, light source and camera attached to one end that is inserted into the vagina and through the cervix. This allows very careful and thorough examination of the uterus. This technique is often used in diagnosis, biopsy of the uterus to check for cancerous growths or to treat an underlying problem such as the removal of small polyps or fibroids. Hysteroscopy can also be used for tubal sterilization.
A laparascope, used in laparoscopy procedures, consists of a long lens with a small video camera attached to it. The laparoscope is most often inserted through the belly button, providing the shortest distance from the skin to the inside of the abdominal cavity and easily hiding the incision site. Two to three additional small incisions allow for insertion of other instruments. Laparoscopic techniques can be used to diagnose and evaluate pelvic disorders (such as the presence of ovarian cysts), perform minimally invasive hysterectomies or tubal sterilization or treat endometriosis.
- Robotic Surgery
Robotic surgery uses state-of-the-art technology that allows the surgeon’s hand movements to translate into extremely precise movements within the operative site. The magnified, three-dimensional view and small, robotic instruments enhance the surgeon’s ability to perform complex procedures through small incisions. Robotic surgery has proven to be effective for minimally invasive hysterectomies, as well as the treatment of fibroids and gynecologic cancer.
- Vaginal-Approach Surgeries
Vaginal-approach surgeries allow for surgical intervention without incisions in the abdomen by performing the procedure directly through the vagina. Procedures such as hysterectomy, pelvic floor reconstruction and prolapse surgeries can be performed in this way.
Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns
3003 Health Center Drive
San Diego, CA 92123
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