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What are my Surgical Options for Uterine Prolapse? Mar 2nd, 2020

If you’re one of the more than 13 million women suffering from the uncomfortable symptoms associated with uterine prolapse, you have options! At Darin Swainston, MD. FACOG in Las Vegas, Nevada, Dr. Swainston and our entire care team are proud to offer the best in minimally-invasive robotic-assisted surgery to remedy...

What to Expect After a Hysterectomy Jan 1st, 2020

Hysterectomies are the second most common surgical procedure among women in the United States. Hysterectomies are performed for a variety of reasons, including the presence of cancer, endometriosis, or a lack of desire to have more children. For the around 500,000 women who have hysterectomies each year, the procedure can...

Is Uterine Prolapse Common After Giving Birth? Dec 5th, 2019

Uterine prolapse is a condition that is unique to women, given the differences between men and women’s bodies. While childbirth is one of the causes of a prolapsed uterus, it is not an exclusive cause of this condition. Moreover, it is specific to certain types of childbirth, as opposed to...

How Does Abdominal Cerclage Help Prevent Preterm Labor? Nov 27th, 2019

Preterm labor can put you and your baby at risk, especially if it starts occurring as early as the second trimester. An estimated 15-20% of cases of preterm labor and second-trimester pregnancy loss are associated with incompetent cervix. This is a condition in which the cervix starts to open prematurely,...

Most Common Causes of Pelvic Pain Oct 4th, 2019

Pelvic pain is a common problem that impacts most women at some point in their lives. The pain can be acute or chronic and occurs when the muscles in the uterus tighten and contract. There are several reasons why you might experience pelvic pain. From irritable bowel syndrome to an...

When Should I Consider a Hysterectomy? Sep 4th, 2019

When medication and non-invasive treatment can’t resolve a uterine condition that’s causing debilitating pain or life-threatening conditions, a hysterectomy may be appropriate. A hysterectomy involves the surgical removal of the uterus. It can also include removal of your cervix, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. Considered major surgery, hysterectomies rank as the...

What Every Woman Should Know About Fibroids Aug 1st, 2019

If you’re a woman in your 30s, 40s, or 50s, you have a good chance of developing fibroids — mostly benign growths in the uterus that can be painful and even debilitating for some women while others don’t even know they have them. The National Institutes of Health says up...

Coping with Chronic Endometriosis Pain Jul 9th, 2019

While some women with endometriosis never experience any negative symptoms, many live with chronic pain associated with this incurable condition. From painful trips to the restroom to unpleasant experiences in the bedroom, endometriosis can wreak havoc on your life and lifestyle.  Dr. Darin Swainston, one of the top OB/GYNs here...

Learn About the Noninvasive Treatment Options For Uterine Prolapse Jun 17th, 2019

Many intimate health issues are hard for women to talk about, and uterine prolapse is no exception. According to Harvard Health Publishing, uterine prolapse, or pelvic organ prolapse, is a best-kept-secret among women despite the fact that it’s an extremely common condition. In fact, if you and your friends are...

3 Ways Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery Has Had a Beneficial Impact on Medical Procedures Apr 30th, 2019

Having a surgery is a big deal. It can be quite stressful planning for a procedure, and you might be overwhelmed by trying to understand your options. You may worry about how painful it will be, wonder what the risks are, and want to understand how long it will take...

What You Should Know About the Complications of Essure Birth Control Apr 3rd, 2019

Essure® was celebrated as a doctor’s office solution for women wanting permanent birth control. The procedure was called hysteroscopic sterilization, and referred to as the “female vasectomy.” At first, women and gynecologists rejoiced that women, like men, could take control of their fertility with a permanent solution without the risks...

Do I Need Surgery to Find Relief from Chronic Pelvic Pain? Mar 7th, 2019

Pelvic pain is surprisingly common among women, for fairly obvious reasons. The female body takes a lot of stress and damage among hormones, childbirth, sexual activity, menstruation, and menopause. Diagnosing your pain is the first step toward finding the proper treatment to help you live a better life with less...

How Minimally Invasive Surgery Can Help Those Who Suffer From Endometriosis Feb 4th, 2019

About 11% of American women suffer from endometriosis. Characterized by chronic pelvic pain and severe menstrual symptoms, endometriosis can make sex unenjoyable, reduce your ability to get pregnant, and significantly impact your quality of life. Endometriosis happens when the lining of your uterus begins to grow outside your uterus. It...

Suffering Complications From Essure? Removal Is an Option Jan 15th, 2019

Family planning is an important part of any woman’s health. But what happens when the method you’ve chosen to prevent becoming pregnant causes greater issues, like pain and serious complications? New research is raising concerns about the implanted birth control device called Essure. If you’ve already chosen Essure as your...

Understanding How an Incompetent Cervix Can Affect Pregnancy Dec 7th, 2018

Every expectant mother wants her baby to be born on time and healthy. The goal of every pregnancy is to deliver the baby at full-term, but sometimes complications arise that you aren’t expecting. About one in every 100 pregnant women is diagnosed with a condition known as incompetent cervix, which...

Should I Get Checked for Uterine Fibroids? Nov 13th, 2018

Fibroids are noncancerous growths that can develop in women of childbearing age, most commonly between the ages of 35 and 40. If you’re experiencing heavy, painful periods that last longer than a week, you have close female relatives who have been diagnosed with uterine fibroids, or you’re having trouble conceiving,...

Is Endometriosis Affecting My Fertility? Oct 17th, 2018

Endometriosis is a painful disorder of the tissue, the endometrium, that lines the inside of your uterus. With endometriosis, the tissue grows outside of the uterus and can cause pain, heavy periods, and other uncomfortable symptoms. One of the main complications of endometriosis is infertility, which affects around 40% of...

The Key Benefits of Minimally Invasive Surgery Sep 21st, 2018

There’s a reason conventional surgery is called invasive. For gynecological issues, this can require opening the abdomen to reach the reproductive organs, and these traditional surgeries can cause slow recovery, pain, an increased risk of infection, and other complications.Huge strides in medical technology in recent years mean many of these...

5 Symptoms That Could Mean You’re Suffering From Pelvic Prolapse Aug 17th, 2018

Around one-third of women experience a pelvic floor disorder, which can include pelvic organ prolapse. Prolapse is defined as “a falling down of an organ or part, as the uterus, from its normal position.” In the case of a pelvic prolapse, any of the organs in the pelvic region, including...

Do Kegel Exercises Work? Jul 31st, 2018

Do Kegel Exercises Work?Pelvic floor dysfunction is one of the most common gynecological problems women face, affecting an estimated 1 in 3 women. Symptoms include the frequent urge to urinate, painful urination, constipation, incontinence and lower back pain. Physical therapy is a common treatment, and for women who aren’t helped...

Can Pelvic Prolapse be Prevented? Jul 1st, 2018

Pelvic prolapse is a common condition that affects about 30% of women, causing problems like urinary incontinence and difficulty having sex. Prolapse occurs due to loss of muscle strength and low levels of estrogen — two problems that can be corrected to help prevent pelvic prolapse. Dr. Swainston offers some...

Not Your Mother’s Hysterectomy: The Benefits of Minimally-Invasive Robotic Surgery Jul 1st, 2018

The decision to have a hysterectomy is never easy. It’s often the best and most effective treatment solution for many potentially debilitating conditions, including aggressive endometriosis, painfully large fibroids, and cancer. But it’s major surgery.In the past, it could take months to recover from a hysterectomy due to the many...

What Causes Ovarian Cysts? Jun 28th, 2018

There are many types of ovarian cysts, and they often come and go quickly without causing any symptoms. Others, however, can become large enough to create a serious and sometimes life-threatening situation. That’s why we encourage our patients to come in for an evaluation if they’re experiencing symptoms or are...

Can Endometriosis Cause a Miscarriage? Mar 13th, 2018

It’s been clear for some time that endometriosis may affect your ability to become pregnant. Recent studies also note a higher incidence of miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy among women with this often painful and perplexing condition. Thankfully, rapid advances in medical technology have provided many effective treatment options for endometriosis....

5 Myths and Truths About Uterine Fibroids Jan 31st, 2018

When it comes to almost any medical condition, there’s a lot of fact and fiction to sort through, especially on the internet. In our efforts to partner with our patients here in Las Vegas and help them better understand their health, we want to help cut through the clutter.In this...