Gynecologic care in Denver
Gynecologic care is a vital component of any woman's healthcare. Gynecologic care can include yearly well-woman check-ups, gynecologic surgery, gynecologic cancer care and far beyond. At Rose Medical Center in Denver, we offer an array of urogynecology services in addition to our gynecology and urology services. We offer advanced care for urinary incontinence, uterine fibroids, post-menopausal changes and more.Find a gynecologist at Rose
Gynecologic cancer care
A diagnosis of a gynecologic cancer can be incredibly scary. Sarah Cannon at Rose Medical Center helps patients through the difficulties of diagnosis and treatment and provides a team of women’s cancer experts to walk alongside patients through this journey.
Our gynecologic cancer services include the diagnosis and treatment of cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer and vulvar cancer. Our goal is to help you understand your diagnosis, disease and treatment options. We partner with you throughout the entire process by providing education and support.
Minimally invasive surgery for women
Robotic surgery is the most advanced type of minimally invasive surgery available today. Rose Medical Center pioneered usage of the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System to treat women’s health conditions. In fact, Rose performs more robotic gynecological surgeries than any other hospital in Colorado.
Additionally, we offer minimally invasive laparoscopic surgical techniques for patients for whom robotic surgery is not the right treatment option.
Rose offers the following gynecologic robotic and laparoscopic procedures:
- Colpopexy: A repair of the vagina in which the vagina is sutured to the abdominal wall.
- Diagnostic: Surgery that gives the team a better assessment of the patient’s body to diagnose a condition.
- Excision of endometriosis: Used to diagnose and treat endometriosis, the surgeons use extreme heat to destroy growths and scar tissue or remove them.
- Hysterectomy: Removal of the uterus, also used to treat uterine cancer.
- Myomectomy: Removal of uterine fibroids.
- Ovarian cystectomy: Removal of an ovarian cyst.
- Sacrocolpopexy: Treatment for vaginal and uterine prolapse where a piece of mesh is used to hold the vagina in the correct anatomical position.
- Salpingo-oophorectomy: Removal of the ovaries and fallopian tubes.
- Tubal ligation: A sterilization procedure to close the fallopian tubes. Rose is one of the few hospitals in Denver to offer tubal ligation.
To find out if you are a candidate for a robotic or laparoscopic gynecologic procedures, please call (303) 320-2578.
At Rose Medical Center, we provide expert urogynecology care, which combines the two specialty areas of gynecology and urology. Urogynecologists are obstetricians/gynecologists (OB/GYNs) or urologists who have specialized training in caring for the organs of the female pelvis, including the bladder, vagina, rectum and uterus and pelvic floor dysfunction.
At Rose, our urogynecologists provide both rectocele and cystocele repairs.
- A cystocele occurs when part of the bladder wall bulges into the vagina.
- A rectocele is when part of the wall of the rectum bulges into the vagina.
An estimated one in five women experience urinary incontinence. It can be temporary or chronic and can occur due to pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, surgery or obesity. There are a range of medications and therapies that treat urinary incontinence in both men and women, but Rose offers the following surgical options for women struggling with incontinence:
- Retropubic suspension
- Pubovaginal fascial sling
- Suburethral sling
- Tension-free vaginal tape (TVT)
- Transobturator tape (TOT)
Laser treatment for vaginal health
After menopause, when estrogen levels decline, many women experience changes that affect their vaginal health. Studies show that more than 40 percent of menopausal women will experience changes in gynecological health, but only 25 percent of women seek help from their doctor.
Vaginal laser therapy delivers gentle laser energy to the vaginal wall tissue to stimulate a healing response, generating new collagen, elastin and vascularization. A typical course of treatment is three procedures over 18 weeks. The treatment is much like a regular gynecologic visit, and many women experience little to no discomfort. Thousands of women have been treated worldwide since 2012.
Benefits of this therapy include:
- In-office procedure
- Requires no anesthesia
- No downtime
- Minimal side effects
- Each treatment is less than five minutes
In both European and U.S. clinical trials, women reported symptom relief after the very first treatment and even greater improvement after treatments two and three.
Uterine fibroid care
If you are a woman who has been told that you have fibroids, you are not alone. These muscular tumors in the wall of the uterus are very common in women of childbearing age. By 50 years old, up to 70 percent of white women and 90 percent of African-American women may have fibroids. After menopause, fibroids usually shrink.
Fibroid symptoms may include:
- Heavy menstrual bleeding
- Painful periods
- Feeling of fullness in the lower belly
- Pain during sex
- Low back pain
- Frequent urination
- Difficulty getting pregnant
- Problems during labor and delivery
If you are not having symptoms from your uterine fibroids, you may not need treatment. But if your fibroids are causing problems, several treatment options are available.
Drug options for treating fibroids
To manage milder symptoms, your doctor may prescribe medication, such as:
- Pain relievers, like ibuprofen or acetaminophen, to ease mild pain
- Hormonal birth control, such as certain birth control pills or the Mirena IUD, to reduce heavy bleeding during periods
- Iron supplements to prevent anemia caused by heavy periods
- Gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists to treat anemia or shrink fibroids before surgery
Surgical options for treating fibroids
If you have more severe symptoms, your doctor may recommend a surgical procedure, such as:
- Myomectomy to remove fibroids while leaving the rest of the uterus intact—a good choice for women who want to become pregnant later
- Hysterectomy to remove the uterus
- Endometrial ablation to destroy the lining of the uterus, which reduces heavy bleeding during periods
- Myolysis to destroy fibroids with an electric current or freezing
- Uterine fibroid embolization to block the blood supply to fibroids, which causes them to shrink
The choice of procedure depends on the size, location and number of fibroids, as well as whether you want to have children in the future. Talk with your doctor about which treatment option is right for you.