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Latest GYN Procedures

Da Vinci Robotic Hysterectomy

Surgeons at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center are now using robots to perform surgery for early stage gynecological cancers. The da Vinci® Surgical System was first used in prostate surgery. Now, it is being used to perform surgery for women's cancers such as those of the uterus, cervix and, occasionally, the ovaries. Read more >>

Relief for Heavy Periods Without a Hysterectomy

Sharon Constantin, 47, was one of the estimated one in five women who suffer from unusually heavy menstrual periods. A high-risk OB nurse, Sharon had normal periods as a teenager and into her 20s, but after her second child was born, they got noticeably heavier, to the point where they interfered with her lifestyle. "During one 12-hour night shift at the hospital, I went through 24 super tampons and three OB pads," Sharon says. "That was the deciding factor for me. I decided at that point that I needed to do something." Read more >>

After Falling Out of Favor, IUDs Are Back

Whether teaching dental hygiene to Massachusetts women, nutrition to new mothers in Kenya or leading an outdoor adventure program in the backwoods of Maine, Jessica Henneman wants her contraception to be as flexible as her busy lifestyle. That's why she is among a growing number of women, including those in their 20s and 30s, choosing intrauterine devices (IUDs) over other forms of contraception available today. Once inserted, modern IUDs are considered safe, reliable and can remain effective for years. Read more >>

Procedure Effective For Treating Fibroids

A minimally-invasive procedure has been shown to successfully treat uterine fibroids while requiring little downtime for the patient and preserving the woman's uterus. "This is another treatment option for women to consider," says Dr. Yvonne Gomez-Carrion, an OB/GYN at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Harvard Medical School. "It's a great option for a woman who is an appropriate candidate and doesn't want to have surgery." Read more >>

Laparoscopic Hysterectomy Procedures on the Rise

For the past two years, 39-year-old Franklin mom Nancy Longobardi suffered from intense abdominal pain. She was diagnosed as having pelvic adhesions (from a prior cesarean section) and endometriosis, a condition where endometrial tissue implants beyond the inner lining of the uterus. After a procedure to remove some scar tissue and treat the visible endometriotic implants, she felt better, but the pain returned within six to seven months. So, six weeks ago, she had a hysterectomy performed laparoscopically. Read more >>

Incisionless Sterilization Gaining Popularity

After having two kids, Kelli Nelson started thinking about a more permanent form of birth control. "I knew I didn't want any more kids," she says. "And I had been on birth control pills for a long time. It was time to get something permanent." Nelson did some research and decided to try the newest technique, hysteroscopic sterilization. She had the procedure done in November, and she has no regrets. Read more >>

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Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
East Campus, Shapiro 8
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215