Gynecologic surgery in Ocala, Florida

The expert gynecologists at Ocala Health diagnose and treat gynecologic conditions. Whether you are experiencing menopause or are in need of a hysterectomy, you can find the comprehensive care you need right here in Ocala, Florida.

When all other possible solutions have been exhausted and found to be unsuccessful, surgery may be the best option. Using cutting-edge robotic surgery when possible, our skilled surgeons will perform the gynecological procedure needed to treat your disease or disorder.

For more information about our gynecology services, please call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (800) 530-1188.

Gynecologic conditions we treat

When medication and noninvasive procedures are unable to relieve symptoms, surgery may be an effective treatment for a range of gynecologic conditions. These conditions may include:

  • Cervical and uterine cancer
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine prolapse
  • Menorrhagia, or excessive bleeding

Gynecologic robotic surgery

Traditional gynecologic surgery requires a large incision. This type of open surgery may result in significant pain, trauma and a long recovery period. At Ocala Health, we are pleased to offer minimally invasive robotic surgery as an alternative to open surgery.

For hysterectomies and other gynecological procedures, robot-assisted surgery may be the most effective, least invasive treatment option. Through 1- to 2-centimeter incisions, surgeons use this robotic technology to operate with greater precision and control.

The benefits of minimally invasive robotic surgery and vaginal and laparoscopic hysterectomies include:

  • Significantly less pain
  • Less blood loss and need for transfusions
  • Less risk of infection
  • Fewer complications
  • Less scarring
  • Shorter hospital stay
  • Shorter recovery time
  • Quicker return to normal daily activities

Our gynecologic surgeons perform a wide range of surgeries to treat conditions of the female reproductive system and pelvic area. The surgeon will determine the best surgical method based on your condition.

Hysterectomy

A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus and/or other reproductive organs. Our surgeons perform this procedure to treat various uterine conditions.

Our doctors perform three main types of hysterectomy to address specific gynecological conditions:

  • Supracervical hysterectomy—Removal of the uterus and cervix remains in tact
  • Total hysterectomy—Removal of the uterus and cervix
  • Radical hysterectomy or modified radical hysterectomy—Removal of the uterus and cervix and, in some cases, part of the vagina, fallopian tubes, ovaries and lymph nodes to determine how far gynecological cancer has spread

Open hysterectomy

Surgeons perform the majority of hysterectomies using an “open” approach, which is through a large, 6- to 12-inch abdominal incision. When cancer is present, the conventional treatment has always been open surgery, which requires a large abdominal incision. This is so the surgeon can fully view and, if necessary, remove related structures, such as the cervix or the ovaries.

Vaginal hysterectomy

The vaginal hysterectomy approach involves removing the uterus through the vagina. This minimally invasive approach needs no external incision and causes no subsequent external scarring. A vaginal hysterectomy is used when a patient's condition is benign (non-cancerous), the uterus is a normal size and the condition is limited to the uterus.

Laparoscopic hysterectomy

In a laparoscopic hysterectomy, the uterus is removed either vaginally or through small incisions made in the abdomen. With a miniature camera tool inserted through the small incisions in the abdomen, the surgeon can see the target anatomy on a standard 2D video monitor. A laparoscopic approach offers surgeons better visualization of affected bodily structures than the vaginal or abdominal hysterectomy.

Myomectomy

A myomectomy is a surgical procedure to remove uterine fibroids. With minimally invasive robotic myomectomy, surgeons can remove uterine fibroids through small incisions with unmatched precision and control in this surgical procedure. A robotic myomectomy also allows the opportunity for future pregnancy.

Sacrocolpopexy

A sacrocolpopexy is a procedure to treat uterine or vaginal vault prolapse. Prolapse (falling) of any pelvic floor organ—the vagina, uterus, bladder or rectum—occurs when the connective tissues or muscles become weak and can no longer support the pelvis in its natural position.

The weakening of connective tissues accelerates with age, childbirth, weight gain and strenuous physical labor. Women with pelvic organ prolapse typically have problems with urinary incontinence, vaginal ulceration, sexual dysfunction and/or having bowel movements.

During sacrocolpopexy, mesh is used to hold the vagina in the correct anatomical position. This procedure can also be performed following a hysterectomy to treat uterine prolapse and to provide long-term support of the vagina.

Open sacrocolpopexy

Sacrocolpopexy has traditionally been performed as an open surgery. A 15- to 30-centimeter horizontal incision is made in the lower abdomen to manually access the uterus and other organs.

Robotic sacrocolpopexy

A robotic sacrocolpopexy procedure uses a state-of-the-art surgical system designed to help your surgeon perform a minimally invasive surgery through small incisions. For most women, this procedure offers numerous potential benefits over a traditional open approach.