When you’re living with severe pelvic pain or abnormal periods, board-certified OB/GYN Arunachalam Jothivijayarani, MD, may suggest a procedure to identify your problem and potentially treat it. Dr. Jothi and the team of expert physicians at Womens Care of Bradenton, serving Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida, offer a comprehensive range of in-office minimally invasive procedures like a colposcopy, hysteroscopy, and endometrial ablation to diagnose and treat a variety of women’s health problems.
If you have an abnormal Pap smear, Dr. Jothi often suggests a colposcopy to examine your cervix in more detail and diagnose the cause of your results. A colposcope is a magnifying device that allows Dr. Jothi to examine your cervix and the interior of your vaginal cavity.
The procedure is no more invasive than a Pap smear, and the colposcope remains outside of your body at all times. You recline on a treatment table, as you would during a pelvic exam. Dr. Jothi positions the colposcope outside of your vaginal opening and inserts a speculum into your body to hold your vaginal walls open.
She may brush on a solution that turns human papillomavirus (HPV) blisters on your cervix white, so they’re easier to spot and identify. HPV is a common cause of abnormal Pap smear results and some forms of the virus are known to lead to cervical cancer. Dr. Jothi may take a biopsy of cervical cells during colposcopy for further testing.
A hysteroscopy is a procedure that allows Dr. Jothi to diagnose health issues affecting your uterus. A hysteroscope is a thin surgical tube with a light and a camera on the end, which Dr. Jothi inserts into your uterus. The hysteroscope sends images to a video screen in the treatment room, allowing her to examine the inside of your uterus and diagnose the cause of abnormal periods or issues like fibroids, cysts, or polyps. She can also use this procedure to remove growths or lesions.
Endometrial ablation heats and destroys the lining of your uterus. The procedure is similar to hysteroscopy in that Dr. Jothi inserts a surgical tool through your cervix to reach your uterus. While endometrial ablation is an outpatient procedure, she provides sedation to keep you comfortable during the treatment.
Dr. Jothi uses endometrial ablation to treat unusually heavy periods that haven’t responded to other treatments like an intrauterine device (IUD) or medication. Endometrial ablation is often the last resort for treatment as it can cause infertility.
A period is deemed abnormally heavy when it requires you to change your tampon or sanitary pad every two hours or less for several consecutive hours. Alternatively, if your period lasts for more than eight days or causes anemia, it’s considered abnormally heavy.
If you’ve been advised that you need a gynecological procedure like a colposcopy, hysteroscopy, endometrial ablation, or others, contact Dr. Jothi at Womens Care of Bradenton for expert in-office surgical services.