Countless women suffer from a type of constipation known as “obstructed defecation“. This condition makes it hard to have a bowel movement. In some cases, there may even be a tissue ‘bulge’ seen or felt at the anal opening. Not pleasant, but thanks to work performed at our center over the past few years, it’s now curable.
In the past, surgical solutions for this condition were invasive. But over the past years, our physicians have developed a completely new, minimally invasive solution — taking just 30 minutes, with no hospital stay required.
Dr. Rostami and Dr. Goldberg recently published 1-year outcomes, showing a very high rate of success, a quick recovery and no significant complications. We are now regularly performing this breakthrough women’s health procedure, currently offered only by our team!
Over the past 3 years, our team has developed a completely novel, mesh-free option for the repair of female stress urinary incontinence (SUI). The procedure, called “transvaginal urethropexy”, takes than 30 minutes to perform, with no external skin incisions. Patients go home approximately 1 hour after the procedure.
The technique uses your own natural tissues, rather than foreign body mesh or plastic ‘sling’ implants. For women who are concerned about undergoing a mesh procedure, this new minimally invasive procedure has changed the game.
Does this operation mean the end of mesh slings? Not at all. We work with each patient individually, to arrive at the best decision based on symptoms, diagnostic testing and each woman’s personal goals. We still perform slings on a regular basis, and have a 20+ year track record of excellent outcomes using that procedure. However this new mesh-free option has been an amazing addition in our treatment toolbox, for women seeking a more natural solution.
Are you interested in learning more about this mesh-free female incontinence repair? Contact us to schedule an appointment. There is simply no need to live with bladder leakage, and this technique – developed by our team and currently available at no other center – provides a more natural approach than ever before.
Less pain! Shorter hospital stays! Back to work in no time! These are all things that many women can expect expect when surgery is performed via small, keyhole incisions in the abdomen (laparoscopy). Dr. Sonia Dutta arrived to our team with a keen interest in laparoscopy, and offers this type of surgery to patients on a regular basis.
Laparoscopic surgery means complicated surgeries can be performed with only a few tiny incisions. Through these little cuts, your physician will introduce a high definition camera and several intricate instruments to perform surgery that was previously only completed through a large abdominal incision.
When a woman has prolapse, surgeons secure lightweight, surgical-grade mesh to the walls of the vagina and then attach it to the ligament over the tail bone. This allows for a resuspension of the vagina to a more normal position. We now know that treatment of pelvic organ prolapse via laparoscopic approaches achieves similar success rates as our traditional open approaches, but with significantly fewer complications.
In some cases, laparoscopy may be assisted by the Davinci Robot. This option involves the same basic set of benefits from the patient perspective, and your surgeon will advise you as to whether standard laparoscopy or robotic-assisted laparoscopy seems to be the best match.
FUN FACT: Gynecologists were the first physicians to regularly perform laparoscopic surgery for short, simple conditions, with the first hysterectomy (removal of uterus/womb) completed in the 1940s.