Gynecology is a specialty that concentrates on the treatment and disorders of the female reproductive system throughout every stage of life. The female reproductive system includes the uterus, vagina and the ovaries.
The gynecology services at Methodist McKinney Hospital include: biopsy, D&C (dilation and curettage), vaginal hysterectomy, abdominal hysterectomy, laparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomy, and hysteroscopy, hysteroscopy with endometrial ablation, anterior and posterior colporrhaphy repair, TVTO and bladder and uterus suspension.
Most modern gynecology doctors are also considered obstetrics. An OB-GYN gynecology doctor deals with gynecology and obstetrics. Obstetrics deals primarily with the care of female reproductive tracts and children throughout the prenatal, childbirth and postnatal period. A gynecology doctor may deal with cancer of the ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, cervix, vagina and vulva; incontinence, absent, heavy or painful menstrual periods, infertility, prolapsed of pelvic organs and infections of the vagina, cervix and uterus.
Jennifer Allen, MD
One gynecology specialist at Methodist McKinney Hospital offers InterStim Therapy for the purposes of urinary control. The InterStim system is built around the idea that one possible cause of overactive bladder (OAB) could be miscommunication between the brain and the sacral nerves that are located in the tailbone. When the brain doesn't communicate correctly with the sacral nerves, then the nerves won't give the right messages to the bladder. This miscommunication can lead to bladder control problems. The InterStim Therapy was approved by the FDA in 1997 for use with urge incontinence and used since 1999 for urinary retention and urgency-frequency.
The practice of gynecology is performed to address the conditions and women's health care needs or the reproductive organs throughout the life stages of a female. Gynecology surgery options can include minimally invasive gynecological surgery, clinical gynecological surgery, diagnosis, risk assessment for a gynecological surgery treatment and counseling regarding a possible gynecological surgery. Doctors who specialize in gynecology are known as gynecologists. The gynecology doctors who perform the gynecology surgery are also trained to diagnose and treat infertility, vaginal bleeding, cystic ovaries, pelvic infections, endometriosis and cancer.
Gynecology surgery can be performed by doctors of gynecology on both an inpatient and outpatient basic. Typically many of the gynecology surgery options can be performed in the gynecologist's office or at a hospital or clinic.
Our common gynecology procedures include:
- D&C (Dilation & Curettage)
- Vaginal hysterectomy
- Abdominal hysterectomy
- Laparoscopic assisted vaginal hysterectomy
- Hysteroscopy with endometrial ablation
- Anterior and posterior colporrhaphy repair
- Bladder and uterus suspension
InterStim Therapy for Urinary Control
It is believed that one possible cause of overactive bladder is miscommunication between the brain and the sacral nerves located near the tailbone; when the brain and sacral nerves don't communicate correctly, the nerves will not tell the bladder to function correctly, which can cause bladder control problems.
InterStim, created by Medtronic, has been FDA-approved since 1997 for urge incontinence and since 1999 for urinary retention and urgency-frequency. Medtronic has partnered with the following resources to further explain the procedure and identify potential patients.