Clinical Services and Treatments
Innovative Treatments and Procedures
Our Northwestern Medicine specialists offer a comprehensive array of medical and surgical treatments, and are dedicated to working closely with the patient to determine the most appropriate approach for her condition. As clinical and academic leaders, our specialists remain at the forefront of surgical innovation, and are able to offer the most advanced surgical techniques and technologies. Our comprehensive (and growing) list of treatment options below is a commitment to providing innovative and exemplary care to our patients.
Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) and office procedures
For information regarding treatment of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (Urogynecology) conditions, such as pelvic floor disorders, urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, please visit the Integrated Pelvic Health Program (IPHP) site.
For information regarding treatment of women’s cancer, including ovarian, cervical, and endometrial (uterine) cancer, please visit the Gynecologic Oncology site.
What is Minimally Invasive Surgery?
Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) is a term used for the surgical techniques performed with a digital camera connected to a telescope that is inserted either into the abdomen (laparoscopy) or through the cervix into the uterine cavity (hysteroscopy). A surgeon uses the lighted camera, as well as a variety of small instruments, to complete the procedure. The camera provides the surgeon with a clear view of the procedure, which is projected on high definition digital video monitors located throughout the operating room. Robotic surgery (utilizing the Da Vinci® robot) is a form of minimally invasive surgery. Minimally invasive procedures have a number of advantages over traditional procedures, including:
The MIS team at Northwestern Medicine understands that for many women, the experience of pelvic pain, abnormal uterine bleeding, painful sexual intercourse, and other gynecological conditions can be frustrating and result in emotional distress. The decision to undergo gynecologic surgery may also be an emotional experience as women may worry about undergoing surgery and they may worry about coping with the emotional consequences of certain surgeries such as those that affect one’s fertility. Through our work with patients as well as available research, we understand that gynecologic conditions and treatments can take an emotional toll on individuals, couples, and families. These conditions and treatments may also interfere with relationships, work, future family building, and one’s self esteem. Because of the emotional toll of pelvic pain, bleeding, and treatments for gynecologic conditions, our faculty includes a PhD clinical psychologist that can help you cope with the emotional toll treatment can cause on you, your spouse and other members of your family.
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Minimally Invasive Surgery for Common Benign Gynecologic Problems (audio)
In this podcast, Dr. Lin will discuss minimally invasive surgical approaches for patients who have benign gynecologic conditions such as heavy bleeding, endometriosis and uterine fibroids.
Minimally invasive approaches, which also are available for hysterectomy, can result in faster recovery and fewer complications for patients. Dr. Lin also will discuss how robotic surgery allows complex laparoscopic surgery to be done more easily.
Alexander Lin, MD is a gynecologist of the medical staff at Northwestern Memorial and assistant professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
Listen Now (Recorded 9/27/2011)