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Leslie, Lauri & Jill Diamond BC Women's Surgical Services

Surgeries

We provide elective surgery for a variety of gynecologic health issues such as fibroids, infertility, abnormal bleeding, ovarian cysts, pelvic pain and many other conditions. 

Our surgeons are experts in minimally invasive surgical techniques. Innovations in minimally invasive surgery allow surgeons to complete complex surgeries through tiny incisions (less than 1cm) in the abdomen, or through the vagina (no incisions). This translates into less post-operative pain, fewer complications, and faster recovery.

Most of our procedures are 'daycare' procedures, meaning that you will go home the same day of the surgery.

The development of this program was made possible by a transformational donation from Leslie, Lauri & Jill Diamond to the BC Women's Health Foundation.


Types of surgeries we perform
A hysteroscopy is a procedure where your doctor inserts a narrow telescope (hysteroscope) through the cervix (opening of the womb) into the uterus. This allows your doctor to look into your uterus to identify causes of abnormal menstrual bleeding, infertility, recurrent miscarriage, and causes of abnormal bleeding in menopause.

If necessary, surgery can be carried out through the hysteroscope to treat abnormal menstrual bleeding, infertility, recurrent miscarriage, or postmenopausal bleeding. Common hysteroscopic procedures include removal a lost intrauterine device (IUD), uterine polyps, fibroids, uterine septae, or scar tissue (adhesions).

This is a hysteroscopic procedure used to treat heavy menstrual bleeding. During this procedure, a device is inserted inside the uterus and uses either thermal energy (heat) or electrical energy to damage or inactivate the cells in the lining of the uterus (endometrium). This drastically reduces menstrual flow and has minimal downtime; women can return to normal activities within one or two days.

A laparoscopy is a surgical procedure where the doctor makes a small incision (cut) in your navel (belly button) and two or three more incisions in your lower abdomen.  A narrow (5 mm) telescope-like instrument with a video camera, is inserted into the abdomen allowing the surgeons to look at your uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes and other pelvic organs. Small instruments are used to perform various surgeries such as removal of endometriosis, fibroids (myomectomy), or ovarian cysts and even hysterectomy.             
A dilatation and curettage is where the cervix (opening) to the uterus (womb) is stretched and then tissue lining the uterus is removed with a spoon-like instrument. This procedure is used to diagnose causes of abnormal bleeding, or sometimes to ensure that miscarriage is complete.
 

A LEEP procedure is a simple procedure to remove precancerous (dysplastic) cells from the cervix.

 

 

Prepare for Surgery

Preparing for surgery: what you need to know
These are general instructions to prepare for and recover from surgery. For detailed information specific to your procedure, refer to the aftercare instruction sheet you will be given in hospital.

Please be sure to complete all lab tests, and attend any consultations (Anesthesia, Internal Medicine) suggested by your gynecologist.

You MUST have a responsible adult to take you home on the day of surgery, and it is best to have someone available to you for 24 hours after surgery.

If English is not your first language and you would like an interpeter on the day of surgery, please call Translation Services (604-297-8400) to arrange this. This service is free of charge.

‎A nurse from the operating room will call you to confirm your arrival time for the day of surgery.

The nurse will review any last minute instructions regarding medications and preparation for your surgery.

If you are unwell prior to your surgery (fever, cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, diarrhea, flu-like symptoms), please notify us (604-875-2985) as soon as possible; in this case, your procedure should be rescheduled for when you are healthy.

Please confirm who will take you home on the day of surgery.

It is important that you have an empty stomach at the time of your procedure. Please familiarize yourself with instructions for fasting.

 

‎If you are unwell on the day of surgery (fever, cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, diarrhea, flu-like symptoms), please do not come to the hospital; call us (604-875-2985)and/or your gynecologist so that we can arrange to reschedule your procedure when you are healthy.

Bring your BC Care Card and one piece of photo ID.


Shower/bathe on the day of surgery; if you are having laparoscopy, please ensure your navel (belly button) is cleaned.


Leave enough time to find parking and arrive on time.

Please review our printable Pre-operative Instructions for key reminders on the day of surgery.

Pain Control After Surgery

  • your doctor will review suggestions for pain control depending on the nature of you surgery

  • for most patients going home on the same day as surgery, a combination of pain medication is recommended:

                     acetaminophen 975 - 1000 mg every 8 hours

PLUS

                       naproxen 440 mg every 12 hours with food


  •  If you have an allergy or intolerance to one of these options, please discuss alternatives with your doctor

  • Some patients may require additional pain medication (opioids) and these will be provided as a prescription from your doctor
  • opioid medications can have serious side effects and use should be limited in the post operative course

After having an anesthetic:

  • you cannot drive or operate a vehicle for 24 hours

  • you should have an adult available to you overnight

  • you should not consume alcohol or use recreational drugs, stimulants or sedatives for 24 hours

  • you should not make important decisions for 24 hours‎

After surgery:

  • you can remove dressings after 48 hours

  • remove steri-strips after 7 days or as recommended by your surgeon

  • you may shower 24 hours after surgery; cover dressings with plastic wrap and tape, pat dry as necessary

It is common to feel slightly nauseous or drowsy on the day of surgery. Drink fluids and take pain medication as prescribed by your surgeon.

Call your surgeon if:

  • You are unable to keep down food or liquids by the morning after surgery.

  • Your pain is not manageable.

  • Your pain is worsening after 48 hours.

  • You have heavy bleeding (soaking more than one pad per hour for 3 hours).

  • You have fever greater than 38 C (101 F).

 

Anesthesia Options

General Anesthesia

Many procedures, such as laparoscopy, require general anesthesia. In this case you will be completely asleep with a breathing tube. Following your procedure, you may feel drowsy or nauseous until the following day.

Procedural Sedation

Many minor procedures including hysteroscopy, endometrial ablation, among others, can be performed with nurse administered procedural sedation. In this case you will be awake but drowsy (sedated) during the procedure.

This method has the advantage of allowing you to wake up more quickly so that you may feel less drowsy or nauseous following your procedure.

Your eligibility for procedural sedation depends on your health status and other factors. Your doctor will discuss with you what anesthesia option is right for you. 

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