Gynecological Diseases & Conditions
Areas of Expertise
Gynecological Cancers. These include uterine, ovarian, endometrial, cervical, vaginal, vulvar, and breast cancers. Our doctors are highly trained in treating these cancers through various therapies and minimally invasive surgeries, finding and removing tumors to get you back to the life awaiting you. In addition, ours is one of few programs where gynecology takes an integrative approach with general surgery to address highly complex cases that involve multiple organs, ensuring the best possible outcomes for our patients.
Infertility. Affecting approximately 10 to 15 percent of couples, scientists define infertility as a year of unprotected intercourse without pregnancy (or six months if the woman is over age 35). In one-third of cases, female infertility is the cause, one-third is due to male infertility, and the remaining is due to both male and female (except for a small percentage of unknown origin).
Our experts are equipped to help diagnose and treat the cause of your infertility, and use multiple therapies to help you conceive. And for those women who have had tubal ligation but want to conceive again, our doctors routinely perform tubal sterilization reversals using minimally-invasive laparoscopic techniques and have one of the highest academically published success rates in world.
Endometriosis. A very common but very painful condition, endometriosis occurs when the tissue that normally grows inside the uterus begins to grow in other areas. This tissue may spread to many areas of the abdominal cavity, including the ovaries or bowels. It’s tricky to treat because the tissue continues to behave as it normally would inside the uterus—thickening and then breaking down and bleeding with each menstrual cycle. The surrounding tissue ends up irritated, and may build up scar tissue and adhesions as a result. Forty percent of infertile couples suffer from this disorder. Our experts will analyze the specifics of your condition and develop a care plan—through contraceptives, medications or surgery to ease your pain, slow tissue growth or remove it.
Uterine Fibroids. These noncancerous (benign) tumors can be tiny, or they can be large enough to fill your entire abdomen. In addition, there can be any number, from one to dozens, and each case requires different approaches for treatment. Relatively common among menstruating females, they may cause heavy menstrual bleeding, prolonged menstrual periods, pelvic pressure, frequent urination, constipation, and backaches.
Though fibroids rarely cause infertility, they are a significant risk factor for pregnancy loss. They can also be extremely painful and may lead to anemia, depending on blood loss. If a patient has large or multiple fibroids, doctors typically recommend a hysterectomy – removal of the uterus. Our experts, however, have pioneered laparoscopic surgical techniques to remove large and multiple fibroids and reconstruct the uterus, for which they won First Prize from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in 2009. There are also various contraceptives, pain medications and supplements to regulate periods, reduce pain and prevent anemia.
We Treat a Full Range of Gynecological Conditions
- Large/complex/multiple uterine fibroids (myomas/fibromas)
- Infertility, medical & surgical (previous sterilization)
- Hydrosalpinx & diseases of the fallopian tubes
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
- Pelvic pain mapping
- Abnormal pap smears
- Pre-cancerous conditions, such as dysplasia
- Gynecological cancers, including: breast, cervix, uterus, ovary, vulva, etc.
- Inherited (genetic) predisposition for cancer
- Abnormal uterine bleeding (formerly known as dysfunctional uterine bleeding, or DUB)