New Beginnings OB/GYN
Barbara McLaren, MD, FACOG
Obstetrics & Gynecology & Robotic Gynecological Surgeon located in Memorial, Houston, TX
Many women’s health conditions can be treated through gynecologic surgery, an area of specialty for Barbara McLaren, MD, FACOG, of New Beginnings OB/GYN in Houston, Texas. If you’ve been told you need gynecologic surgery or you’re looking for a second opinion, call the office to set up a visit, or schedule online at your earliest convenience.
Gynecologic Surgery Q&A
What are some examples of gynecologic surgery procedures?
Gynecologic surgery is any form of surgical treatment that alters tissues within a woman’s pelvic region, including the vagina, uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, and vulva. There are many different surgical procedures that can help treat a wide range of gynecologic conditions.
Some gynecologic surgical procedures are relatively simple and straightforward. Others are more complex and require more in the way of recovery time.
Examples of gynecologic surgery include:
- Removing the uterus during hysterectomy
- Removing uterine fibroids
- Repositioning and securing organs after pelvic organ prolapse
- Treating urinary incontinence
- Removing cancerous lesions or tumors
- Treating ovarian cysts
- Excising excess tissue to treat endometriosis
New Beginnings OB/GYN is proud to offer the da VinciⓇ robotic surgery platform. This technology allows precise tissue alteration performed by astoundingly flexible surgical arms and incredibly slim tools.
How can I best prepare for gynecologic surgery?
Each type of surgery has a unique set of preparatory steps. If you’re having surgery to remove your uterus or ovaries, you may want to discuss ways to harvest and preserve your eggs in case you decide to have a biological child in the future.
If you’re having a complex surgical procedure, it’s a good idea to ask a friend or loved one to help you out for a few days after your procedure. Having someone to pick up prescriptions and take care of minor household tasks allows you to rest and recover after your procedure.
If you’re a smoker, make every effort to find a smoking cessation program that works for you. Smoking robs your body of proper circulation, which is a critical component of healing. Quitting for good will help you recover faster after your procedure and will enhance your overall health and wellness.
What is the recovery process like after gynecologic surgery?
Your gynecologist will advise you on what to expect after your gynecologic surgery. Following those guidelines is an essential part of a swift and successful recovery.
If you’re prescribed antibiotics, be sure to take the full prescription. Take prescribed pain medication as needed, and consider trying over-the-counter pain medications once you no longer need prescription-strength pain relief.
Be sure to come back in for all scheduled follow-up care. These visits give your practitioner a chance to assess your recovery progress and make adjustments to your treatment plan as needed.
When you’re ready to move forward with gynecologic surgery, call New Beginnings OB/GYN to schedule a visit. Online booking is also an option and takes just moments to complete.