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UPMC Pinnacle Hanover proudly offers a wide range of obstetric and gynecologic services, ranging from diagnosis and prevention to treatment and management.  State-of-the-art equipment and techniques, used by highly competent physicians and nurses, deliver the best patient-focused care.

The hospital also understands that some gynecologic concerns can be rather sensitive so both physicians and staff members treat each unique concern with compassion and confidentiality.

Services include:

Gynecology Procedures Preformed at UPMC Pinnacle Hanover:

Colposcopy– a diagnostic tool used for further evaluation of abnormal Pap smears. This procedure provides a non-surgical way for your physician to visualize your cervix.

Cyrosurgery- Cervical cryosurgery or cryotherapy is a gynecological treatment that freezes a section of the cervix. Cryosurgery of the cervix is most often done to destroy abnormal cervical cells showing changes that may lead to cancer. These changes are called precancerous cells. Your gynecologist will probably use the term cervical dysplasia. Cryosurgery is done only after a colposcopy confirms the presence of abnormal cervical cells. Cryosurgery is not a treatment for cervical cancer.

Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP)- "LEEP" is a way to test and treat abnormal cell growth on the surface tissue of the cervix. LEEP is prescribed after abnormal changes in the cervix are confirmed by Pap tests and colposcopy. (Colposcopy is a non-invasive procedure in which a device similar to a microscope is used to view the cervix.) LEEP allows your physician to remove the abnormal tissue and, if necessary, test it for cancer (biopsy). Abnormal cell growth on the surface of the cervix is called cervical dysplasia. Though cervical dysplasia is not cancer, over time it can worsen and lead to cancer.

Hysteroscopy- A hysteroscopy is a way for your doctor to look at the lining of your uterus. He or she uses a thin viewing tool called a hysteroscope. The tip of the hysteroscope is put into your vagina and gently moved through the cervix into the uterus. The hysteroscope has a light and camera hooked to it so your doctor can see the lining (endometrium) on a video screen. A hysteroscopy may be done to find the cause of abnormal bleeding or bleeding that occurs after a woman has passed menopause. It also may be done to see if a problem in your uterus is preventing you from becoming pregnant (infertility). A hysteroscopy can be used to remove growths in the uterus, such as fibroids or polyps.

Pelvic Laparoscopy- Pelvic laparoscopy is a surgical procedure that examines and treats pelvic organs through a small surgical viewing instrument (laparoscope) inserted into the abdomen at the navel. The laparoscope, an instrument that looks like a small telescope on a flexible tube, is inserted so the doctor can view the area. Other instruments may be inserted through other small cuts in the lower abdomen to get tissue samples or do other procedures. After the laparoscopy, the carbon dioxide gas is released, and the surgeon closes the cuts with stitches.

Pelvic laparoscopy is used both for diagnosis and/or treatment of appendicitis or salpingitis, evaluating infertility, looking at and removing an abnormal pelvic mass found on abdominal ultrasound, endometriosis, and ovarian cyst, among others.

Dilation and Curettage (D & C)- Often used to diagnose or treat abnormal uterine bleeding, the D&C is one of the most common surgical procedures performed on women. Dilation and Curettage also provides important information about whether uterine cancer is present.

Laparoscopic Supracervical Hysterectomy (LSH)- The LSH procedure uses a thin, lighted telescope-like instrument called a laparoscope, which acts like a video camera, along with small surgical instruments that are all inserted through 3 to 4 tiny incisions (less than 1/4 inch each) in the navel and abdomen. Using the instruments, the surgeon carefully separates the uterus from the cervix and removes it through one of the openings. The cervix, the bottom part of the uterus, is left intact. Because this type of surgery does not require the surgeon to make a large abdominal incision, you will not have the same kind of visible scar typical with most traditional, "open" surgeries.

Urogynecology - The strain of pregnancy, the effort of childbirth, and the jarring of strenuous exercise. The trauma of gynecologic surgeries like hysterectomies. The result? All of these stresses, accumulated over the years, can weaken the natural support structure of a woman’s pelvis, causing problems such as vaginal prolapse, chronic constipation and urinary incontinence. A number of minimally invasive treatments are available - please call each office to see what specific procedures are options for you.

Specific examples from Mountain View:

InterStim - for women with an overactive bladder which causes the “gotta-go-again-and-again feeling.” For about a third of them, urinary urgency and frequency come with the even more embarrassing and disruptive symptom of leaks, called incontinence.

Female Pelvic Organ Prolapse Treatment - to treat the weakened natural support structure of the pelvis which cause vaginal prolapse, chronic constipation and urinary incontinence. New mesh technology is used to support damaged tissue. The results are much better than prior repair techniques.

Cystometric Studies - to evaluate the bladder, to determine what is causing the voiding problem.

Sling procedures - for stress urinary incontinence (losing urine when coughing, sneezing or jumping). This can be caused by having poor muscle tone or torn support between the bladder and the urethra. A sling is placed under the urethra to help close the valve and stop the flow of urine. Physical therapy can help improve vaginal muscle tone to stop incontinence.

Endometrial Ablation – for excessive and abnormal bleeding between menses.

Essure – tubal ligation performed through a hysteroscope, with a small occlusive device placed in both tubes, which can be done with minimal anesthesia.

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Gynecology Physicians:

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Hanover Women's Health Care

200 East Walnut Street
Hanover, PA 17331
(717) 630-9330
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Mountain View OB/GYN

20 North Street
Hanover, PA 17331
(717) 637-7755
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OB/GYN Associates of Hanover

120 Penn Street
Hanover, PA 17331
(717) 632-1477
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