Rhett Women’s Center (RWC) is also the home of a fully accredited in house Surgery Center. This unique aspect of our practice is the only one of its kind in the area. Under the care of our familiar staff at RWC, patients can under-go minimally invasive procedures with a great deal of comfort and attention. Not only will patients receive a higher level of individualized care, RWC offers each procedure at a fraction of the cost of the same procedure performed in the hospital. Procedures at RWC will be performed by Drs. Rhett or Smith. Dr. Allison Smith, our board certified anesthesiologist, ensures that patients remain comfortable during their procedure giving them the best experience possible. She typically administers IV sedation which allows the patient to experience little to no pain and have very little memory of the procedure. The medication wears off quickly, allowing the patient to be ready to leave as soon as 1 hour following the procedure.
Endometrial Ablation / Novasure
This procedure is a treatment that can dramatically reduce and often stop menstrual bleeding quickly and effectively. It works by removing the endometrium (the part that causes the bleeding) with a quick delivery of radiofrequency energy. After dilating the cervix, Drs. Rhett or Smith will insert a thin wand and extend a triangular mesh device into the uterus. The mesh expands fitting exactly to the size and shape of your uterus. Precisely measured radiofrequency energy is then released through the mesh for about 90 seconds, followed by removal of the wand. The entire procedure takes about 5 minutes. It can be done at any time in a woman’s cycle and results in almost immediate reduction in menstrual bleeding.
This procedure allows Drs. Rhett and Smith to see inside the uterus. A very thin lighted tube is inserted into the vagina, then through the cervix into the uterine cavity. Viewing the uterus through hysteroscopy gives a more complete, real-time analysis of an abnormality that may have been identified on ultrasound. Depending on your symptoms and the findings in the uterus, a patient may undergo an endometrial biopsy (a sampling of the cells inside the uterus), a D and C (removal/scraping of the inside of the uterus) or both.