Dr. Winner is a fellowship trained Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery specialist and professor at Washington University in St. Louis. ...Read More
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For a woman with pelvic pain or heavy/abnormal menstrual bleeding, a work up should consist of a thorough history, physical exam, blood work and imaging. Unfortunately, according to Dr. Winner, "Many women are placed on birth control pills to control bleeding or pain, without a proper evaluation to identify the cause." In your appointment with Dr. Winner she will perform a complete workup to diagnose the cause of your symptoms, educate you on your diagnosis with pictures, discuss a full range of treatment options (including surgical and non-surgical options), and offer advice on which treatments are most likely to be effective for you based on your unique situation. Common diagnoses treated include uterine fibroids, endometriosis, adenomyosis, ovarian cysts, uterine prolapse and many more. Dr. Winner also provides routine gynecologic care including well woman exams, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted and vaginal infections, contraception and more.
Dr. Winner had two additional years of subspecialty training in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery after her traditional four-year residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She performs approximately 300 minimally invasive surgeries per year including hysterectomy (removal of the uterus), myomectomy (removal of uterine fibroids), oophorectomy (removal of ovaries), ovarian cystectomy (removal of ovarian cysts), excision of endometriosis, sacral colpopexy (surgery for uterine prolapse) and many others. Dr. Winner is paid by the hospital to assist and teach these techniques to other general OB/GYNs in the community. She and her partner run the surgical skills curriculum for the obstetrics and gynecology residents at Washington University, and are national leaders in using surgical simulation to safely and effectively teach surgical techniques to learners. Dr. Winner is an active member of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL), presenting research at national meetings every year. She is also active in the local medical community giving grand rounds and lectures at Washington University, St. Lukes Hospital and the OB/GYN Symposium. Awards include Kurt Semm Award for the Best Abstract on Laparoscopic Surgeries at AAGL 43rd Global Congress, Columbia Hospital for Women Research Foundation Award for most influential paper in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2012, Best Teaching Fellow Elected by Washington University Obstetrics & Gynecology residents, Resident of the Year Teaching Award Elected by Washington University School of Medicine medical students, Chief Administrative Resident Elected by Washington University Obstetrics & Gynecology residents and faculty, St Louis Obstetrical & Gynecological Society Editor's Award, and Special Resident in Minimally Invasive Gynecology Awarded by the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists.
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Dr. Winner is a fellowship trained Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery specialist and professor at Washington University in St. Louis. She performs a high volume of minimally invasive surgery, and is paid by the hospital to assist and teach these techniques to other general OB/GYNs in the community. Benefits of minimally invasive surgery include less pain, shorter hospital stay, faster recovery, and fewer complications. According to Dr. Winner, "In the hands of skilled surgeons, a minimally invasive approach is possible for almost all women. If you have been told you are not a candidate for a minimally invasive surgery, and your doctor is planning on making a large incision, we have second opinion appointments available." She also adds, "If your doctor is already planning on a minimally invasive procedure, make sure they have adequate training and ask them how many of these surgeries they perform per year." Dr. Winner wants patients to feel informed and comfortable with their decision to proceed with surgery when they leave the office. She stresses, "A doctor's appointment should include education on your diagnosis and a discussion about the full range of treatment options, in order to allow a woman to make the best decision for herself. If surgery is planned, your doctor should go over in detail what to expect before, during and after surgery." Call (314) 747-5470 for an appointment or second opinion and get on the road to feeling better today.
For most women with benign (non-cancerous) gynecologic conditions, the decision to have surgery is a quality of life issue. Surgery is often an option when you have tried treatment with medication and it did not work, or you did not tolerate the side effects, or if treatment with medication is unlikely to work given your particular situation. In your office visit, Dr. Winner provides education on your diagnosis with pictures and reviews the full range of treatment options, in order to allow you to make the best informed decision for yourself. In all cases, the goal is to resolve your problem with minimal disruption to your life. If you elect to have surgery, Dr. Winner will go over in detail the risks of surgery and what to expect including: any preoperative testing you may need, what to do the day before surgery, what to expect the morning of surgery, what exactly will be done during surgery, where your incisions will be, what (if anything) will be removed, how long the surgery is expected to take, what to expect when you wake up, what medications will be given for pain control, how many nights you will stay in the hospital (if any), postoperative restrictions, things to look out for at home, how long you should expect to be off work, and when your postoperative visits will be. If you are considering having gynecologic surgery, but are uncomfortable with your decision, or feel like your doctor did not explain things properly, please call (314) 747-5470 for a second opinion appointment today.