As a trained general gynecologist/OB-GYN, Dr. Samuels is capable of taking care of the average woman’s general gynecological needs:
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Birth Control
- Heavy Periods
- Vaginal infection
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases
- Annual Well Woman’s Exam – Pap smear, etc.
- Lumps and Bumps “Down There”
In addition to these treatments and exams, she can also perform a number of surgeries.
Hysterectomy refers to removal of the uterus, the organ we use to carry babies and where our periods come from. By removing the uterus, a woman’s hormonal balance is not affected unless the ovaries are removed at the same time in a procedure called an oophorectomy.
There are many women who can benefit from a hysterectomy:
- Women with abnormal or heavy periods that have exhausted other options
- Women with large fibroids (benign tumors) in the uterus affecting quality of life who no longer want to bear children
- Women with cancer
- Women with a fallen uterus (prolapse)
How is the procedure performed?
A hysterectomy can be performed in a number of ways:
- Minimally-Invasive: This can be done through tiny holes in the abdomen with a robot or a laparoscope.
- Vaginal Hysterectomy: This is done through the vagina, leaving no incisions on the abdomen.
- Abdominal Hysterectomy: This is done through a small bikini incision, avoiding scarring on the abdomen.
- Supracervical: This is an option for women who would prefer to retain their cervix for any reason.
There are many women who suffer from fibroids. These are generally benign tumors of the uterine muscle. They come in different shapes and sizes and affect women in different ways. Generally, fibroids do not go away on their own. Especially for women who want to conceive, a myomectomy may be necessary to remove these fibroids. Depending on location and size of the fibroids, a myomectomy can be performed in different ways:
- Abdominally through a relatively small incision
For women who suffer with heavy or abnormal bleeding, ablation (burning away) of the inside of the cavity where the bleeding comes from during a period is a great option. This is especially useful for women whom other medications have failed or who cannot take those medications.
There are a number of FDA-approved energy sources to accomplish this. This is a relatively quick procedure done on an outpatient basis.
The satisfaction rates reported from patients ranges from 85% to 92%.
“No More Babies”: Tubal Sterilization
Sterilization procedures are permanent. They are designed for the woman who has made the definitive decision not to have any more children. If so desired, the procedure can be reversed, but this is extremely difficult with low success rates.
There are a number of ways to perform this procedure. The best way will be determined after a lengthy conversation between Dr. Samuels and her patient.