It’s time for another installment in our ongoing Q&A series. Here at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett, we firmly believe that education is one of the foundations of reproductive health and wellness. That’s why our board-certified gynecologists are always happy to answer questions that they receive from our patients. Today we’ll be focusing on a few of the more common procedures performed at Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett and how they can help patients with a variety of gynecological health issues. Keep reading for more information on hysterectomy, endometrial ablation, and Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation with FemTouch™.
Q.) Will I be required to stay in the hospital following a hysterectomy?
A hysterectomy is typically accompanied by a brief hospital stay (between 1-2 days), however this isn’t always required. This will depend largely on the type of hysterectomy you underwent (vaginal, abdominal, or laparoscopic) and how it was performed. Sometimes a hysterectomy can be performed as an outpatient procedure. Our patients are often recommended to get up and walk around as soon as they can after their hysterectomy to help prevent blood clots in the legs.
Q.) Is it safe to have sex after an endometrial ablation?
We typically recommend waiting between 2-3 weeks following an endometrial ablation procedure before having sex again. This way, the body should have plenty of time to fully heal. It’s important to remember that even though the procedure removes the uterine lining and often results in infertility, endometrial ablation is not a form of birth control and pregnancy can still occur in a small percentage of patients.
Q.) How can women of a certain age treat the vaginal health symptoms?
A number of the patients we see are women in the post-menopause period who are experiencing common symptoms of vaginal atrophy as a result of decreased estrogen levels in the body that occur after menopause. These may include vaginal dryness, vaginal itching, and painful or unsatisfying sex, as well as stress urinary incontinence. We typically recommend FemTouch™ Laser Vaginal Rejuvenation treatments to treat these symptoms safely and effectively without the need for surgery. FemTouch™ treatments using advanced laser technology from Lumenis to rebuild the vaginal wall and provide long-term relief for the effects of vaginal atrophy.
We hope you found these answers helpful. If you have a question of your own, we would love to hear it. Or if you would prefer a more personal, hands-on experience, please contact Gynecology Associates of Gwinnett today to request an appointment with our board-certified gynecologists. And please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more information, tips, news and updates on our upcoming health and wellness events.