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Other GYN Treatments:

St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport CTSt. Vincent's SWIM Women's Imaging Center (203) 576-5500

St. Vincent's Medical Center performs other gynecological treatments including endometrial ablation, dilation and curettage (D&C) and Colposcopy

Endometrial ablation

Endometrial ablation is a procedure that destroys (ablates) the uterine lining, or endometrium. 

This procedure is used to treat dysfunctional or abnormal uterine bleeding. 

Sometimes a lighted viewing instrument (hysteroscope) is used to see inside the uterus.  

Endometrial ablation can be done by: 

  • Laser beam
  • Heat, using: 
  • Radiofrequency
    • A balloon filled with saline solution that has been heated to 85 C (185 F) (thermal balloon ablation)
    • Normal saline (heated free fluid) 
  • Electricity, using a resectoscope with a loop or rolling ball electrode
  • Freezing
  • Microwave   

The endometrium heals by scarring, which usually reduces or prevents uterine bleeding.

Endometrial ablation may be done in an outpatient facility or your doctor's office. The procedure can take up to about 45 minutes. The procedure may be done using a local or spinal anesthesia or in some cases general anesthesia is used.

Dilation and curettage (D&C)

A dilation and curettage procedure, also called a D&C, is a surgical procedure in which the cervix is dilated so that the cervical canal and uterine lining can be scraped with a curette (spoon-shaped instrument) to remove abnormal tissues. 

A D&C may be used as a diagnostic or therapeutic procedure for abnormal bleeding. A D&C may determine the cause of abnormal or excessive uterine bleeding, to detect cancer, or as part of infertility investigation.

Colposcopy

Colposcopy is a procedure that uses an instrument with a magnifying lens and a light, called a colposcope, to examine the cervix and vagina for abnormalities. The colposcope magnifies the image many times, thus allowing the physician to see the tissues on the cervix and vaginal walls more clearly. In some cases, a cervical biopsy may be taken for further examination in the lab.

When cervical or vaginal problems are found during a pelvic examination, or abnormal cells are found during a Pap test, a colposcopy may be performed. Through the colposcope, the physician can see certain changes in cervical and vaginal tissues such as abnormal blood vessels, tissue structure, color and patterns. Cells that appear to be abnormal, but are not cancerous at the present time, may be identified as precancerous. The appearance of these abnormal cells may be the first evidence of cancer that develops years later.

A colposcopy procedure may also be used to diagnose and assist in the treatment of the following conditions: 

  • Bleeding
  • Polyps (benign growths)
  • Genital warts, which may indicate infection with human papilloma virus (HPV), a risk factor for developing cervical cancer
  • Diethylstilbestrol (DES) exposure in women whose mothers took DES during pregnancy, as DES exposure increases the risk for cancer of the reproductive system 

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St. Vincent's SWIM Women's Imaging Center (203) 576-5500

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