Gynecologists in St. Petersburg, Florida
At St. Petersburg General Hospital, we provide compassionate and skilled care to women in all stages of life. From evaluation to treatment, our comprehensive gynecologic services help women experiencing a range of conditions.
For more information about our gynecology services, call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (888) 741-5122.
Our gynecologists offer expert routine, preventive and treatment services in women's health. We use technology and work closely with several other departments, such as imaging services, labor and delivery, cancer care and surgical care.
Our goal is to provide women with lifelong, complete care. We do this by offering educational information regarding contraception options, supporting women through pregnancy and treating them if serious medical concerns arise.
Pelvic and vaginal prolapse treatment
The uterus is held in position by pelvic muscles, ligaments and other tissues. If the uterus, muscles and connective tissues weaken, the uterus can drop out of its normal position. This is called prolapse. This condition may be caused by obesity or appear after childbirth or surgery.
Our gynecologists offer surgical and non-surgical treatment options for incomplete and complete prolapse, including:
- Estrogen replacement therapy–Hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone, may help stop the muscles and connective tissues from weakening further.
- Kegel exercise therapy—This form of therapy uses special exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles.
- Sacrocolpopexy—This surgical procedure lifts the vagina into its proper position with a synthetic mesh.
- Vaginal pessary insertion—A vaginal pessary is a rubber or plastic, doughnut-shaped device. It is inserted around or under the lower part of the uterus. This device helps to prop up the uterus into place.
When medication and non-invasive procedures are unable to relieve symptoms, surgery remains the most effective treatment for a range of gynecologic conditions. One of the most common gynecologic surgeries is the hysterectomy (the removal of the uterus).
During a hysterectomy, a surgeon removes the patient's uterus and/or other reproductive organs. A traditional hysterectomy can sometimes be performed through the vagina. However, when the uterus is enlarged (in cases such as fibroids or cancer), an abdominal hysterectomy is preferred. This requires a 6- to 12-inch incision.
In some cases, doctors may also remove the ovaries because they can release hormones, which may contribute to the condition.
A hysterectomy can treat the following conditions:
- Endometriosis (growth of the uterine lining)
- Noncancerous tumors or fibroids
- Prolapse (falling or slipping of the uterus)
- Uterine cancer
Robotic gynecologic surgery
St. Petersburg General Hospital is home to a GYN epicenter—where gynecologic procedures are performed using advanced robotic surgical technology. We are one of two hospitals in the state of Florida and one of 28 hospitals in the U.S. to be a GYN epicenter.
Our robotic surgical system enhances our surgical capabilities by enabling the performance of complex surgeries through tiny surgical openings. An expert surgeon has complete control over the robot throughout the operation. For complex hysterectomies and other gynecologic procedures, robot-assisted surgery is often the most effective, least invasive treatment option.
We use our robotic technology to provide minimally invasive gynecologic surgeries, including:
- Hysterectomy—Surgical removal of the uterus and/or other reproductive organs
- Myomectomy—Surgical removal of uterine fibroids
- Sacrocolpopexy—Surgery for uterine or vaginal vault prolapse
Benefits of robotic gynecologic surgery
Although our surgeons are skilled at traditional, open gynecologic surgery, we often recommend minimally invasive procedures using robotic technology. We do this because robotic surgery offers patients many benefits, including:
- Less blood loss
- Less pain
- Less risk of infection
- Quicker recovery and return to normal activities
- Shorter hospital stay
- Small incisions for minimal scarring