At Carolina Women’s Care, our obstetrician and gynecologist is an expert at treating adult women along with adolescents and teens. Our services range from gynecology exams to pregnancy care.
- Well woman care
- PAP smear, including follow up and management of abnormal Pap
- Adolescent gynecology
- STD screening and management
- Clinical breast exams and BRCA screening (hereditary breast and ovarian cancer)
- Annual pelvic exams
- Infertility workup and preconception care
- Obstetrics, low risk and high risk
- Diagnosis and management of abnormal periods
- Contraception counseling
Operating Room Procedures:
- Dilation and curettage (D&C) is a procedure to remove tissue from the inside of your uterus. It is used to diagnose or treat various uterine conditions – such as heavy bleeding – or to clear the uterine lining after a miscarriage or abortion.
- LEEP® (electrosurgical excision procedure) is often done after abnormal cells have been found on the cervix. These abnormal cells can be found on a Pap test. If the cells show cervical dysplasia (abnormal cells), a LEEP® may be done. Dr. Lawton takes a cone-shaped sample of tissue for diagnostic purposes as part of a biopsy or to remove pre-cancerous cells.
- Diagnostic laparoscopy is a surgical procedure to view a woman's reproductive organs. A laparoscope, a thin viewing tube, is passed through a small incision (cut) in the abdomen. Laparoscopy is often recommended when other tests, such as ultrasound and x-ray, cannot confirm the diagnosis. The procedure can determine whether you have conditions such as endometriosis or fibroids.
- Operative laparoscopy is an alternative to open surgery. It uses a slender, lighted telescope to see inside your body. These include: ovarian cyst removal, tubal ligation (surgical contraception) and hysterectomy. Laparoscopy generally has a shorter healing time than open surgery. It also leaves smaller scars.
- If you suffer from heavy bleeding, you may require a diagnostic and operative hysterscopy,including NovaSure® endometrial ablation and Essure® (NovaSure® endometrial ablation is a one-time procedure that can reduce or stop bleeding and heavy periods. It is less invasive than a hysterectomy and avoids the potential side effects of hormones.)
- Vaginal hysterectomy with anterior and posterior repair. Vaginal hysterectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the uterus through the vagina. The procedure involves a shorter time in the hospital, lower cost and faster recovery than an abdominal hysterectomy. However, if your uterus is enlarged, vaginal hysterectomy may not be possible. Hysterectomy often includes removal of the cervix as well as the uterus. When one or both ovaries and fallopian tubes are removed, it is called a total hysterectomy.
- Tubal ligation is done to prevent pregnancy. If you have this surgery, you will still ovulate and menstruate. The cut or blocked tubes keep the egg and sperm separated. When the egg and sperm cannot meet, fertilization does not happen and pregnancy cannot occur.