In-Office Procedures

In-Office Procedures

Westside OB-GYN offers many in-office procedures in order to provide the most comprehensive whole woman care to our patients. Please click the name of each procedure to find out more about the reasons for the procedure and how it is performed.

IUD Insertion and/or Removal

Our office utilizes the Mirena, Paragard, and Skyla IUDs for patients who elect to use this form of birth control. After having an IUD inserted, most providers recommend coming back for a follow-up appointment in 4 weeks to make sure that it is still in place and working well for your birth control needs.

3D Ultrasound

We offer a full-range of ultrasound images as a diagnostic tool for our obstetric and gynecology patients in our Burlington and Elon offices. The ultrasound exams in these offices are performed by trained and certified sonographers, who then give the reports to your healthcare provider for review. Dr. Paul Harris, Dr. Stephen Jackson, and Dr. Andreas Staebler are trained to perform limited ultrasound screens in our Mebane office. ( link provider names to their individual profiles). All ultrasounds must be ordered by a healthcare provider before it can be scheduled.


HerOption Endometrial Cryoablation

HerOption is an in-office procedure offered to patients who suffer from heavy periods. This procedure uses cold temperatures to remove the endometrium, the lining of the uterus that causes menstrual bleeding.
HerOption Information Sheet

Urodynamic Testing

Patients who are diagnosed with incontinence are scheduled for this procedure so that their provider can assess how well the bladder, sphincters, and urethra are storing and releasing urine.
For more information, please visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s National Kidney & Urological Diseases website

Novasure/Thermal Endometrial Ablation

Novasure is a procedure used by providers to treat patients with heavy periods. It is a one-time, quick procedure that works by using heat to remove the lining of the uterus.
Novasure Frequently Asked Questions


Our providers use this procedure to look for problem areas on the cervix when a Pap smear test comes back abnormal. If abnormal tissue is found during the colposcopy, a cervical biopsy is usually performed. This procedure may also be scheduled to follow up on abnormal areas from a previous colposcopy or as a way to see if treatment for a problem worked.

Fine Needle Aspiration of Breast Mass

This procedure, also known as a fine needle biopsy, removes tissue from a suspicious lump in the breast for examination. This type of biopsy is only performed on lumps that can be felt, and it is a quick way to sample tissue that is found during a breast exam.
More information on this procedure has been provided by Susan G. Koman, a leader on promoting women’s breast health. Please click here.

Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP)

This procedure uses a thin, low-voltage electrified wire loop to cut away abnormal tissue found during a colposcopy. It is also used in place of a cone biopsy to remove abnormal tissue located high in the cervical canal. The tissue specimen can be examined for cancer, so this procedure is also a useful tool for further diagnosis of abnormal cells. Recovery times are dependent on how much was done during the procedure.
A list of Frequently Asked Questions about this procedure has been provided by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and may be found here.

Endometrial Biopsies

Endometrial biopsy is the removal of a small piece of tissue from the uterine lining for examination. It may be performed when a patient presents with heavy, prolonged, postmenopausal or irregular uterine bleeding. It can also be used as a screening tool for uterine cancer.

For more information on endometrial biopsies, please visit MedlinePlus.


This procedure is an ultrasound of the uterus used for evaluating unexplained vaginal bleeding that may be the result of uterine abnormalities, such as polyps, fibroids, endometrial atrophy, endometrial adhesions (scarring), malignant lesions/masses or congenital defects.

A list of Frequently Asked Questions about this procedure has been provided by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and may be found here.


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