At May-Grant OB/GYN, serving Lancaster, PA, and its surrounding areas, we are committed to providing comprehensive women’s healthcare in a comfortable and convenient setting. Our in-office procedures, including Pap smears & colposcopies, endometrial ablation, vaginal biopsies, saline infusion sonograms, and birth control device insertions, are performed by our skilled team. These procedures are essential for diagnosing, treating, and managing a wide range of gynecological conditions and reproductive health needs.
In-office procedures are minor procedures that can be performed without or under local anesthesia. Depending on the procedure, these procedures can be used to remove the need for outpatient surgical centers and hospitals, minimize your recovery time, and help you return to a healthy, active lifestyle.
Our in-office procedures are available through our seven locations across Lancaster County, PA, which include the following:
Birth Control Devices: Patients opting into birth control devices for hormonal management, fibroid management, and avoiding pregnancy can quickly receive birth control devices at our practice. Some options we provide for procedures include the following:
- Nexplanon Device: the Nexplanon implant is a small, rod-shaped device placed under the arm’s skin, releasing hormones that stop your body from releasing eggs and preventing sperm from reaching the egg. This device can help prevent pregnancy for up to 4 years and is an invisible, comfortable option for birth control.
- IUD Devices: Regular IUDs are a reversible option to prevent pregnancy, acting as a long-term contraceptive that needs to be replaced every three to 10 years. These devices work by triggering an immune system response to create inflammation, causing the uterus to swell and create a toxic environment for sperm.
Pap Smear and Colposcopy: Pap smears help determine the health of your cervical cells to detect problems such as STDs and precancerous cells. If signs of precancerous cells are present, a colposcopy can be performed to examine your vagina and cervix. If signs of abnormal cells are present, we can perform a biopsy or the LEEP procedure listed below:
- Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP): This procedure removes a portion of the cervix through a thin wire loop and is primarily used for removing precancerous disorders of the cervix. The precancerous cells are then sent to our associated oncology laboratories for observation and analysis.
Endometrial Ablation: Endometrial ablation treats symptoms of heavy menstrual bleeding by removing the endometrium layer that lines the uterus. At May-Grant OB/GYN, we can perform endometrial ablation through
- Minerva System: Through the Minerva system, a thin wand and a silicone tip containing plasma. The wand heats the uterine tissue, removing the outer top layer of the uterine endometrium. To learn more, please go to their website: www.aubandme.com.
- Novasure System: Through the Novasure procedure, the Novasure wand sends out radiofrequency waves to heat the uterine lining, stimulating the natural healing process to change the uterus and reduce heavy bleeding.
Vaginal Biopsy: Vaginal biopsies allow our team to take a small sample of your vaginal cells. These biopsies allow our team to diagnose unexplained symptoms such as redness, swelling, bleeding after sex, and abnormal lumps.
Saline Infusion Sonograms: These ultrasound scans allow us to observe areas containing small polyps and uterine thickening by inserting saline solution into the uterus.
The Procedure Process
Our approach to in-office procedures involves:
- Consultation: Discussing your medical history, symptoms, and the procedure’s benefits and risks.
- Preparation: Providing you with detailed instructions on how to prepare for your procedure to ensure safety and effectiveness.
- The Procedure: Each procedure is performed with the highest standards of care, using the latest techniques to ensure comfort and minimize discomfort.
- Recovery and Follow-Up: Offering guidance on recovery expectations and scheduling follow-up appointments to monitor your progress and address any concerns.
Preparation and Recovery
Preparation and recovery vary by procedure, but our team will provide all necessary instructions and support. Most in-office procedures have minimal downtime, allowing patients to return to their daily activities shortly after.
With timely and appropriate in-office procedures, many women experience significant improvements in their symptoms and overall health. Our goal at May-Grant OB/GYN is to ensure each patient receives the highest quality care tailored to her individual needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How often do I need a Pap smear?
A: The frequency of Pap smears depends on your age, medical history, and previous Pap smear results. Our team will recommend a schedule that’s right for you.
Q: Is endometrial ablation right for me?
A: Endometrial ablation may be an option if you suffer from heavy menstrual bleeding and prefer a minimally invasive treatment. We’ll assess your condition to determine if it’s suitable.
Q: What should I expect after having a vaginal biopsy?
A: Some mild discomfort or spotting may occur after a vaginal biopsy. We’ll provide detailed aftercare instructions to ensure a smooth recovery.
Q4: How does a saline infusion sonogram work?
A: This procedure involves infusing saline into the uterus via a small catheter during an ultrasound, enhancing the visualization of the uterine cavity.
Schedule Your In-Office Procedure with May-Grant OB/GYN
For expert care and comprehensive in-office procedures, trust the team at May-Grant OB/GYN. Our dedication to your health and well-being is reflected in our personalized approach and advanced treatment options. Call us at 717-397-8177 to schedule your procedure or consultation, and experience the quality care you deserve at any of our seven Lancaster, PA locations.