Empowering Women with Options for Their Care
For women with gynecologic conditions requiring treatment, access to the least invasive and most up-to-date options and technology is as important as receiving outstanding care. This is especially significant for women over the age of 40 who seek preventive, health-enhancing interventions.
The Center for Advanced Surgical Options in Gynecology
The Center for Advanced Surgical Options in Gynecology at California Pacific Medical Center provides individualized treatment plans paired with the latest technical advances to provide state-of-the-art care. Under the direction of Dr. Andrew Brill, the Center ensures that women have the opportunity to choose less invasive treatment alternatives for a variety of gynecologic conditions such as:
- uterine fibroids
- excessive menstrual bleeding
- pelvic endometriosis
- ovarian cyst
- pelvic pain
- urinary incontinence
- uterine and bladder prolapse
“Minimally invasive procedures provide patients with reduced pain and scarring, shorter hospital stays, quicker recovery, equal or better outcomes and dramatically faster return to the social and emotional elements of life,” Brill explains.
Avoiding the prolonged recovery, disability, and scarring from a large abdominal incision, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery uses a video camera connected to a small telescope which is then placed through the naval (laparoscopy) or by passing through the cervix into the uterus (hysteroscopy). A variety of small instruments are then utilized to complete the surgery. Typically performed as a same day surgery, the smaller incisions dramatically accelerate all aspects of recovery, reduce the need for pain medications, leave small scars that are cosmetically pleasing, and reduce the chance of scar tissue formation.
Women who are informed of their options and are supplied with thorough information about various approaches to their care can become an integral member of their health care team. Understanding the procedure, feeling comfortable asking questions and trusting her physician make a world of difference for a patient. That was Anne’s experience.
Anne, a 49-year-old woman, learned that she had developed large uterine fibroids. Her physician urged her to have a hysterectomy, saying: “You’ll be hospitalized for about three days and then you’ll go home with painkillers and a urinary catheter.”
Knowing this was major surgery, Anne investigated her options and learned about laparoscopic (minimally invasive) hysterectomy. Her research led her to Dr. Brill.
“He spent more than 35 minutes with me, explained everything about having a laparoscopic hysterectomy and told me to think of it as a procedure not surgery,” Anne reports.
The procedure was scheduled at 7:15 a.m., and Anne was home that afternoon. “There was literally no pain. I slept, I got up and I felt like nothing had been done,” she remembers.
Once she recovered from the anesthesia, the only signs of surgery were some sutures and a small incision. Anne’s only restriction when she went home was not lifting weights during her usual workout. Having choices about her care made an enormous difference for Anne.
Advanced medicine is only part of patient care at The Center for Advanced Surgical Options in Gynecology. Dr. Brill and his staff go beyond medicine, providing women with the tools and personal support they need to feel confident about their choices. Through education, counseling, and individualized treatment plans, patients receive the highest-quality care and quickly return to active, healthy lives.
Ask your doctor about the services provided by The Center for Advanced Surgical Options in Gynecology or call 415-600-1941 for more information.