Gynecologic Surgery

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Division of Gynecologic Surgery staff members are experts in the surgical management of noncancerous and cancerous conditions.

Continence Clinic

The Continence Clinic team includes bladder retraining specialists, gynecologists, nurse specialists, surgeons specializing in urology and gynecology, and research scientists. They work together to determine the cause of your incontinence and develop a treatment plan based on your needs and preferences.

Gynecologic oncology

Gynecologic oncologists offer an integrated approach to the diagnosis and treatment of women's cancers, including cervical, uterine (endometrial), ovarian, vaginal and vulvar cancer. They manage treatment from surgery (including robotic surgery) to coordination of chemotherapy and radiation therapy with doctors from medical and radiation oncology, if indicated. They can also perform hysterectomies, if needed to treat noncancerous conditions.

Urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery

Urogynecologists and their teams evaluate and diagnose women who have pelvic floor conditions including urinary and fecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, vaginal fistulas and congenital uterine and vaginal anomalies (absence of the vagina or developmental defects of the uterus). Urogynecologists undergo three years of training in women's pelvic health and pelvic reconstructive surgery after completing four years of general obstetrics and gynecology training.

Minimally invasive gynecology surgery

Gynecologists trained in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery care for women who have a range of noncancerous gynecologic conditions including heavy menstrual periods (menorrhagia), irregular menstrual periods (metrorrhagia), pelvic pain, recurrent pregnancy loss and ovarian cysts. Surgeons perform these procedures through one or more short incisions. Minimally invasive surgery may result in less postoperative pain, a shorter hospital stay, faster recovery and, in some cases, a better overall outcome.

Surgeons can perform many of these procedures on an outpatient basis:

  • Cervical loop electrode excision procedures (LEEP)
  • CO2 laser treatments
  • Diagnostic hysteroscopy
  • Diagnostic laparoscopy
  • Endometrial ablation
  • Operative hysteroscopy
    • Removal of fibroids, polyps, and uterine septa
    • Hysteroscopic sterilization
  • Operative laparoscopy
    • Removal of fallopian tubes and/or ovaries
    • Removal of ovarian cysts
    • Conservative treatment of endometriosis
    • Laparoscopic sterilization
  • Vulvar vestibulectomy

Physician staff