If you have ever had to undergo a gynecologic procedure, you most likely had to go to a separate facility. You were already anxious, and then a strange place made it even more worrisome. Now there are in-office gynecologic procedures. Here’s what to expect.
Benefits Of An In-Office Procedure
In the past, most procedures were performed at a hospital or ambulatory surgical center. Now these same procedures can be performed right in Dr. Albert Odom’s office in Columbia, SC. These minimally invasive procedures do not require a hospital stay, and you can go right home afterward.
- More convenient for you
- Less stressful
- More comfortable with familiar surroundings and people
- Minimally invasive techniques for a faster recovery
Common In-Office Procedures
Many of these are common in-office procedures.
This procedure treats abnormal bleeding and is an excellent alternative to hysterectomy. There are several techniques available to remove (ablate) the lining of the uterus. Consult with Dr. Odom about which is right for you.
Any laparoscopic procedure uses a tiny incision with a tiny camera inserted into the incision allowing the doctor to perform the procedure using a video camera.
This is a procedure to view the urinary tract including the bladder, urethra, and opening to the uterus. It is performed to identify and diagnose signs of cancer, narrowing, bleeding, blockage, and infection. Tissue may be removed for biopsy.
This is an examination of the cervix, vagina, and vulva to detect any disease using a colposcope. This exam is usually scheduled after an abnormal PAP test. Dr. Odom takes a small sample of tissue for biopsy. The procedure takes approximately 20 minutes, and it is considered uncomfortable but not painful according to most patients.
This procedure is used to remove and evaluate precancerous cells from the cervix. It is non-invasive using an electrosurgical excision procedure under a local anesthetic.
An IUD, or intrauterine device, is a small flexible T-shaped device placed inside the uterus which contains hormones to prevent pregnancy. It is a long-lasting contraceptive and pregnancy can be prevented from 3 to 10 years depending on the type chosen.
Contact Dr. Albert Odom at (803) 907-7300 for additional information about any in-office gynecologic procedure and what to expect.