Gynecological Surgery

Highland Park Ob-Gyn Associates -  - OB/GYN

Highland Park Ob-Gyn Associates

OB/GYNs located in Northbrook, IL

When lifestyle changes and medication aren’t enough to correct a women’s health issue, you might need gynecological surgery. Steven Valfer, MD, and Regan Valfer, MD, perform various gynecological procedures, including laparoscopy, hysteroscopy, hysterectomy, myomectomy, and ovarian cystectomy, at Highland Park Ob-Gyn Associates in Northbrook, Illinois. If you need an expert gynecological surgeon, call the office or schedule a consultation online today to learn about your treatment options.

Gynecological Surgery Q & A

What is gynecological surgery?

The doctors at Highland Park Ob-Gyn Associates provide a comprehensive range of gynecological surgeries to address severe and complex women’s health issues. Some of the most common procedures include:

Endometrial ablation

Endometrial ablation heats the inside walls of your uterus to remove your endometrium. It can reduce or stop heavy menstrual bleeding. 


A loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) is a minimally invasive treatment to remove abnormal cells from your cervix. The team uses LEEP to prevent cervical cancer. 

Tubal ligation/salpingectomy

Tubal ligation and salpingectomy are sterilization procedures. During a tubal ligation, your doctor severs or blocks your fallopian tubes. They remove your fallopian tubes during a salpingectomy. Both approaches prevent eggs from traveling from your ovaries to your uterus. 


A myomectomy is a surgical procedure that removes severe uterine fibroids. The procedure leaves your uterus intact for women who desire to preserve their fertility. 

Dilation and curettage (D&C)

The doctors use a D&C to diagnose and treat uterine conditions. They open your cervix during the procedure and use a curette to excise or suction out uterine tissue. The procedure can relieve abnormal bleeding and remove abnormal uterine cells. 


During a hysterectomy, the doctor removes your uterus. Depending on your individual needs and condition, they might also remove your ovaries, fallopian tubes, and cervix. 

The doctors use minimally invasive procedures, such as laparoscopy and hysteroscopy, whenever appropriate, to address your needs. 

Ovarian cystectomy or BSO

If you have ovarian cysts, your doctor might recommend an ovarian cystectomy to surgically remove the cysts. In severe or recurring situations, your doctor might suggest a bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (BSO) to remove your ovaries and fallopian tubes. 

The doctors at Highland Park Ob-Gyn Associates use laparoscopic surgical techniques to complete these procedures through keyhole incisions. 

Why would I need gynecological surgery?

The doctors at Highland Park Ob-Gyn Associates recommend gynecological surgery when other noninvasive treatments don’t address your condition. 

They might recommend a surgical procedure to treat:

  • Fibroids
  • Polyps
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Endometriosis
  • Cervical dysplasia
  • Abnormal cells
  • Uterine cancer

If you’re sure that you are done having children, you can also talk to the doctors about surgical sterilization procedures for permanent birth control.

What should I expect before and after gynecological surgery?

Your doctor provides customized instructions on how to prepare for your procedure and gives you aftercare instructions. Depending on your specific surgery, you might need to fast for several hours before the procedure. 

Most procedures are outpatient surgeries, so you can go home to recover. If you have anesthesia, you need a friend or family member to give you a ride home. You might also need to avoid strenuous activity for a while after your surgery. 

Dr. Valfer also offers non-surgical options to treat pelvic pain and vaginal discomfort. Ask our office about our ThermiVa radiofrequency treatment.

Call Highland Park Ob-Gyn Associates or make an appointment online today for expert gynecological surgery services.