DIAGNOSTIC & THERAPEUTIC PROCEDURES FOR PELVIC PAIN, PERIOD PROBLEMS & WEIRD BLEEDING
We know that pain, pelvic concerns, & bleeding issues are scary enough by themselves. Add to it the fear of the discomfort, inconvenience, cost & unsettling interaction with new staff & providers that is often required to have a thorough evaluation in order to determine the source of the problem, & it's enough to paralyze us all. We try to offer as many diagnostic options & treatments in the office as possible, because we know it matters that you have our familiar, all-female staff, that your procedures be scheduled at your convenience & that you receive totally transparent & minimized cost.
Your comfort is of utmost concern. We pay particular attention to minimizing discomfort during all procedures, & we may have you schedule your procedure at a later time in order to allow for pre-medication prior to your procedure, depending on its nature.
Dr. Chinn performs the following procedures in the office in order to serve you best.
Minerva Endometrial Ablation
THE ULTIMATE OPTION FOR HORRIBLE PERIODS
Minerva is a quick, 1-time treatment that removes the lining of your uterus. Minerva is for women who do not wish to become pregnant in the future. After receiving local anesthesia to numb your cervix, Dr. Chinn dilates your cervix & inserts a thin, soft wand through your vaginal opening & into your uterus. The tip of the wand generates light & heat similar to a light bulb. In just 120 seconds, the heat treats the lining of your uterus.
REMOVAL OF SMALL INTRAUTERINE GROWTHS Dr. Chinn can, using her in-office technology, assess the inside of your uterus to determine whether a small growth, called a polyp, is the source of your discomfort & bleeding. If it is, she can remove it & biopsy it during the evaluation. If there is something larger or more concerning, she will have directly visualized it & this will allow her to develop the best surgical approach.
Diagnostic & Operative Hysteroscopy
THE FASTEST ROUTE TO A SOLUTION Evaluation of abnormal uterine bleeding can often require multiple visits & multiple procedures for assessment of the uterine cavity before the underlying cause is identified. Dr. Chinn can perform a quick in-office hysteroscopic evaluation in a single visit that allows her to make a faster & more accurate diagnosis. After numbing your cervix, Dr. Chinn dilates your cervix & inserts a thin, soft camera into your uterus. This allows her to evaluate directly the contents of your uterus & take both pictures & directly visualized biopsies as indicated.
Suction Dilatation & Curettage
TOTAL EVACUATION OF UTERINE CONTENTS Suction D&C can be performed when you have a missed miscarriage with a retained pregnancy to prevent infection & ensure you do not have too much bleeding. It can also be performed when bleeding is heavy to both biopsy the contents of the uterus to determine the source of the bleeding & to eliminate the bleeding. After numbing your cervix, Dr. Chinn dilates your cervix & inserts a soft, flexible suction catheter into your uterus & uses gentle suction to remove the lining & its contents.
QUICK & EASY SAMPLING If you are experiencing bleeding when you shouldn't be, Dr. Chinn can, during your pelvic exam, take a rapid, random sampling of the lining of your uterus to evaluate for concerning cells.
MINIMALLY INVASIVE VISUALIZATION Dr. Chinn can evaluate your uterine, cervical & ovarian anatomy using a transabdominal &/or transvaginal ultrasound to assist in assessment of the source of your concerns.