Gynecological surgery encompasses any surgical procedure that’s performed on a woman’s reproductive system. Many different procedures fall under the broad umbrella of gynecological surgery, including operations to check benign tumors, remove cancerous tumors, address infertility issues, and treat incontinence problems.
When seeking out a gynecological surgeon, women should first look for someone who is licensed, board certified, and a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Licensure is a legal requirement that lets doctors practice medicine in a state. Board certification and fellowship are distinguishing features that mark a gynecological surgeon as an expert in their field.
Additionally, women also should look for a gynecological surgeon who specializes in less invasive procedures. There are a number of minimally invasive options, such as laparoscopic surgery and robotic surgery, that are often viable alternatives to traditional surgery. When a procedure can be done less invasively, patients are able to recover more quickly from their operation.
Any woman who has a medical condition that can’t be fully treated with non-invasive methods, such as medication, might be a good candidate for a less invasive gynecological surgery. Minimally invasive procedures are often preferable to traditional procedures, but whether a particular patient should consider a less invasive procedure can only be assessed during an in-person consultation with a qualified surgeon.
Whether a gynecological surgery is covered by a woman’s health insurance depends on her health insurance plan, the purpose of the surgery, and other factors. In many cases, when a surgical procedure is covered by a plan, both the less invasive and traditional procedures are covered. Because policies vary, patients should confirm that their policy will cover a particular procedure before scheduling it.
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