Office Based Surgery

South Austin OBGYN

OB-GYNs located in Austin, TX

With the advanced technologies available at South Austin OB/GYN in South Austin, Texas, you can benefit from the many same-day, outpatient surgical procedures Dr. Martha Schmitz performs right in the office. Same-day surgeries, like uterine ablations, are available to treat a number of gynecological conditions, including heavy periods. The practice also offers in-office insertions of Essure® permanent birth control. To learn more about available outpatient surgeries, schedule a consultation online or by calling the office directly.

Office Based Surgery Q & A

What are the benefits of in-office surgical procedures?

At South Austin OB/GYN, Dr. Schmitz offers in-office surgical procedures to give you a more personalized experience and convenience. Many of the same-day surgeries offer quicker recovery times than traditional surgeries in the hospital.

In-office surgeries are also a more economical option, and you may only be responsible for the copay amount. The knowledgeable office staff members are happy to check your benefits before your procedure, so you know what to expect.

What is Essure®?

Essure is a form of permanent birth control that works by creating a blockage in your fallopian tubes. This blockage prevents sperm from fertilizing your eggs. Unlike other blockage methods, commonly known as tubal ligation or tube tying, Essure doesn’t require an incision. Dr. Schmitz performs the Essure procedure in the office for your convenience.

During the procedure, Dr. Schmitz inserts a small, flexible device through your vagina, cervix,  and uterus into your fallopian tubes. For your comfort, you can receive a local anesthetic or IV sedation. The procedure takes less than five minutes and because there’s no incision, you can expect a faster recovery time.

The Essure method of birth control is nearly 100% effective but takes at least three months for enough scar tissue to form around your tubes and prevent pregnancy. During the first three months following your procedure, you need to use an alternate form of birth control. Then a test is performed using a live X-ray and a small amount of dye to ensure that your tubes are completely blocked to ensure pregnancy prevention.

What is a uterine ablation?

Uterine ablation is a minimally invasive, in-office procedure that uses radiofrequency energy to destroy the uterine lining. Ablation is an effective treatment for heavy menstrual cycles, and is only used if you’re finished having children.

The advanced technology calculates how much energy is necessary based on your tissue type. The procedure doesn’t take long, and an anesthesiologist is present during the procedure to ensure your comfort.

Following an ablation procedure, you can expect to experience lighter periods. In some women, periods stop completely. You must continue to use birth control, because even though ablation decreases your chances of becoming pregnant, it’s still a possibility.

Book a consultation online or by phone to learn more about in-office surgical procedures.