Gynecological Care and Surgery

Board-certified gynecologist Dr. Duncan Turner has the passion, education, and experience to focus on his patients’ overall health, using gynecology as a lens for addressing a wide range of medical and cosmetic issues at every stage of a woman's life. Women who come to him find that he provides compassionate general gynecological care, as well as surgical services for female-specific conditions and needs. His commitment to minimally invasive surgical techniques leads to smaller incisions, less trauma, and faster recovery times.

In the Santa Barbara area, Turner Medical Arts is regarded as one of the most experienced and trusted sources for treating women's health issues offering a full range of gynecological care for women who prefer personalized, state–of–the art healthcare.

Duncan Turner MD has earned that trust after many years of practicing advanced medicine, performing cutting–edge gynecological surgery and listening closely to his patients' concerns. His experience has shown that when women need to see a doctor, they often prefer to contact their gynecologist first, even if their symptoms are unrelated to gynecology. As a result, a woman's OB/GYN also serves as her primary–care provider, endocrinologist, internist, surgeon, and even therapist at times. A patient–centric gynecologist performs exams, orders a wide range of tests, makes referrals as necessary, and offers advice, but most importantly, he serves as her advocate.

Duncan Turner MD enjoys filling all of those roles, and he considers it a privilege to provide care for his patients, their mothers, and their daughters. He values the respect they have shown him and the confidence they have in his care.

Benefits of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery

Compared to traditional surgery, minimally invasive procedures typically require less anesthesia, a shorter hospital stay, if any, and smaller incisions. In addition, they often result in fewer complications, faster recovery times, and smaller scars. As a result, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery has become increasingly in demand by both patients and providers. Board-certified gynecologist Duncan Turner MD specializes in minimally invasive gynecological procedures, which he has been perfecting since 1975. Thousands of satisfied patients have helped Duncan Turner MD earn a reputation for medical expertise, surgical excellence, and a superb bedside manner. He is dedicated to open and honest communication, thorough and explicit education, and a collaborative patient-doctor relationship. He encourages patients to actively participate in their own healthcare.

Common Gynecological Procedures Performed

Although Turner Medical Arts offers a comprehensive range of minimally invasive gynecologic surgery procedures, these are the most common:

  • Minimally Invasive Hysteroscopy
  • Minimally Invasive Laparoscopy
  • Minimally Invasive Incontinence surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Vaginal surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Hysterectomy

Minimally Invasive Hysteroscopy

If you suffer from vaginal bleeding that is very heavy, lasts longer than normal, occurs more frequently than normal, or occurs during intercourse, you should consult with a board–certified gynecologist to determine the cause. Abnormal, excessive bleeding could signal a problem that requires medical intervention. At Turner Medical Arts, Duncan Turner MD performs ultrasound, endometrial biopsies, and sometimes minimally invasive hysteroscopy to determine the cause of abnormal bleeding so that the problem can be corrected.

During hysteroscopy, a hysteroscope, or thin tube with a tiny camera and light attached, is inserted into the vagina and through the cervical opening. This hysteroscope enables vision to the interior of the uterus to determine both the cause of the abnormal bleeding and the appropriate solution. In some cases, that solution may require surgically removing polyps, abnormal growths, or performing an endometrial ablation. Hysterectomy may also be indicated. Other cases of abnormal bleeding, however, can be treated with medication alone, which illustrates why it is important to have an accurate diagnosis of the cause so that you can receive an appropriate treatment.

Minimally Invasive Laparoscopy

Duncan Turner MD performs most gynecological procedures laparoscopically. This means that he carefully inserts a laparoscope, or tube with a small camera and light attached, through a small incision in the abdomen. The laparoscope allows him to view on a video monitor a magnified image of the interior abdominal cavity and organs. As needed, he can create other small incisions into which he may insert additional surgical instruments to perform necessary procedures, which may include total or supracervical hysterectomy. Laparoscopic surgery, one type of minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, is less invasive and generally safer than traditional, open abdominal surgery, and most laparoscopic procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis.

Minimally Invasive Incontinence Surgery

If you suffer from incontinence, or involuntary leakage of urine, you should know that you are not alone. In fact, nearly 15 million people in the United States experience incontinence, and the causes range from aging to pelvic muscle damage from pregnancy and childbirth. At Turner Medical Arts, most of our patients experience urinary incontinence because of the latter. If urinary incontinence interferes with your daily life, you should consult with a board–certified gynecologist to discuss surgical and nonsurgical treatment options.

Minimally Invasive Vaginal Surgery

Minimally invasive gynecologic surgery of the vagina can be performed for cosmetic or medically necessary reasons. Vaginal rejuvenation tightens a vagina that has become slack from childbirth or aging. This procedure is often combined with labiaplasty to improve the appearance or function of a woman's labia. It is important to note that non-surgical options are often available.

Vaginal reconstruction, a medically necessary procedure, repairs the vagina, its supporting muscles, the pelvic floor, and the perineum, providing relief from physical complications such as urinary incontinence or vaginal prolapse. Vaginal hysterectomies may also be accomplished through this minimally invasive approach. Whether cosmetic or medically necessary, minimally invasive vaginal surgery often increases a woman's self–confidence and sexual satisfaction.

Minimally Invasive Hysterectomy

Hysterectomy is a surgical procedure that removes all or part of a woman's uterus, or womb. At Turner Medical Arts in Santa Barbara, California, board-certified gynecologist Duncan Turner MD has been performing hysterectomies for more than 40 years. During this time, he has constantly remained on the cutting edge of gynecological surgery, acting as an early adopter of new technologies and techniques, such as robotic and laparoscopic hysterectomy, to improve outcomes and patient satisfaction. His vast experience has led him to prefer laparoscopic hysterectomy to robotic or traditional approaches because it gives his patients the safest possible procedure, the smallest scars, and the shortest recovery time. It also decreases the likelihood of serious complications.

Combined Hysterectomy

Some patients also suffer from various gynecological conditions caused by pregnancy, weight gain, or aging. These include pelvic-floor prolapse, incontinence, bulging, and so forth. If you suffer from any of these conditions hysterectomy and vaginal reconstruction can be performed together for one surgery, one exposure to anesthesia, and one recovery period.

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