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January 17th, 2012 No Comments » In Minimally Invasive Surgeries, Women's Health, by admin

Abnormal Bleeding / Irregular Cycles

Menstrual cycles of 21-35 days are considered normal. Cycles longer or shorter than this are irregular and should be evaluated by your doctor. Irregular cycles may occur because of weight loss or gain, vigorous exercise, stress illness, or other changes that affect your body. For the first few years after menarche, menstrual periods are often irregular. A young woman may have only three or four periods a year. Menstrual cycles usually become lighter and less frequent as menopause approaches and hormone levels decrease. In some cases the cycles will become erratic and heavier around perimenopause.

Bleeding that is heavier than usual, or lasts longer than a week may also be abnormal. It can have a number of abnormal causes such as hormonal imbalance, coagulation disorders( problems with blood clotting) uterine polyps, uterine fibroids (benign tumors of the uterine muscle), uterine adenomyosis (sponginess), hyperplasia (pre-cancerous growth), cancer.

Non-Surgical Treatments:

Medical treatment with birth control pills, hormones, and other homeopathic and conventional medications is the first line of therapy for the treatment of irregular bleeding and heavy periods in our practice.

Surgical Treatments:

If medical options do not work or are not the appropriate treatment option for the disorder, the following surgical options can be recommended. The goal in our practice is to allow every patient to explore all options prior to definitive surgery. We feel it is your right to know that there are other methods of treatment besides hysterectomy, and we are willing to try all options. It is important to understand that your physicians will educate you about the best route of surgery for your particular case. Our goal is to have our patients have the safest, most comfortable surgery and to be able to return to normal activity as soon as possible.

Pelvic Organ Prolapse

May 9th, 2011 No Comments » In Minimally Invasive Surgeries, Women's Health, by admin

Pelvic Organ Prolapse: Long-Term Solutions Restore Health

Ask the average woman about female pelvic health concerns like urinary incontinence or fibroids and she’s likely to have at least a basic knowledge of these conditions. But ask her about pelvic organ prolapse, and she may be stumped.

Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when pelvic structures, like the bladder or
rectum, bulge or protrude into the vaginal wall. Often women describe it as
a feeling that something has “fallen”.

“In the case of vaginal vault prolapse, it is more common in women who
have had hysterectomy,” says Dr. Armity Simon. “It occurs when the uppermost part of the vagina, called the apex, descends because it doesn’t have the same support that was there when the uterus was present.”
As a result, the apex pulls the rest of the vagina down into the vaginal canal or even outside the vagina.

“The pain and discomfort with prolapse is considerable,” says Dr. Simon. “Often, women will refrain from sexual intercourse because of discomfort, limit physical activity and even encounter difficulty with urinating.”

Treatments available for prolapse depend on the type of prolapse that is presenting and its severity. Pelvic floor exercises called Kegel exercises or a vaginal pessary device placed in the vagina to support surrounding structures are two traditional, non-surgical treatments.

Surgery for prolapse has made considerable strides in recent years, and physicians now can offer a number of long-term surgical solutions. Many use a mesh, either synthetic or biologic or both, to provide support for the organs necessary to restore the vagina to its normal anatomical position.

“Mesh is soft and has large pores designed to allow your body tissue to grow into it, providing a framework of support,” explains Dr. Simon. “The use of surgical mesh is not new. It has been used in surgery for many years.”

For those women who have more than one type of prolapse, all can often be repaired during one surgical procedure.

“The best news about pelvic organ prolapse is that women do not have to live with it or its associated pain and discomfort,” says Dr. Simon. “New surgical options are available that are safe and highly effective.”

Find out more about Pelvic Organ Prolapse. Contact Dr. Armity Simon at
480-860-2322 www.drarmitysimon.com or visit www.amercianmedicalsystems.com

Labiaplasty / Vaginoplasty

October 27th, 2009 No Comments » In Minimally Invasive Surgeries, Women's Health, by admin


Labiaplasty (labia reduction and beautification) is becoming increasingly popular among women. Many women suffer from over sized or asymmetrical labia minora (the skin surrounding the opening of the vagina). Some women are born with this condition, and for some it can appear later in life with aging or due to stretching after childbirth. There are multiple reasons that women are requesting labiaplasty. They want to alleviate the discomfort caused by large and/or thick labia. This can interfere with working out, biking, wearing tight fitting clothes and sexual intercourse. Others want to improve the appearance of the labia, which can build confidence and improve self-esteem. Women who have these problems can now have labia surgery to reduce the outward appearance of the labia minora and correct irregularities. (more…)

Alternative Hysterectomy

September 22nd, 2009 No Comments » In Minimally Invasive Surgeries, by admin

Alternative Hysterectomy

If it’s time to consider having a hysterectomy, are you aware of the new procedure called laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy?  This is a relatively new procedure that allows the uterus to be removed from the abdomen by laparoscopic instruments while the surgeon is viewing the uterus, ovaries and tubes through a small camera attached to a slender telescope. Dr. Simon, an OBGYN in Scottsdale, has honed her surgical skills and has developed a superior expertise in this alternative to a hysterectomy in Arizona. (more…)

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