OB/GYN Surgeries: Hysterectomy, Cesarean Section and Other Procedures

Modern advances mean that excellent healthcare is available right here in Grinnell. We provide the latest technology with the benefit of personal attention and care.

Our surgeon and care team are here to support you when conditions like excessive bleeding and pelvic pain require surgery. We aim to get you back to a more comfortable, active life.

Obstetric and Gynecological Surgery at Grinnell

Our surgeon and hospital teams deliver quality reproductive health care focused on your needs. You'll find:

  • Surgical expertise: An experienced, board-certified specialist in obstetrics and gynecology will perform your surgery.
  • Robotic and minimally invasive surgery options: Our robotic surgical unit helps doctors plan and perform minimally invasive surgeries. We use these advanced techniques in many of our OB/GYN surgeries.
  • Caring support: We aim to make you comfortable and reduce any anxiety about your surgery. Our OB/GYN-trained hospital care team provides personal care as they support you through every step of your procedure.

Hysterectomy, Cesarean Section and Other Surgical Procedures

Our Grinnell surgeon is skilled in robotic and minimally invasive surgery. We use less-invasive techniques whenever possible to reduce discomfort and shorten your recovery time. Some of the many surgeries we offer are:


A hysterectomy removes the uterus. Our doctors may recommend this procedure to women who have problems like uterine fibroids or uterine prolapse, where the uterus slides into the vaginal canal. It can also treat endometriosis or cancer.

Hysterectomy is major surgery. Our OB/GYN physicians try many treatment approaches before recommending a hysterectomy. Hysterectomy can have a significant impact on your health, including starting menopause.

If you do have a hysterectomy, our doctors will discuss all options. They'll also explain what you can expect from your surgery and recovery. Different types of hysterectomy procedure include:

  • Subtotal: Removes the upper part of the uterus
  • Total: Takes out the uterus and the cervix
  • Radical: Removes the uterus, cervix, top of the vagina and surrounding tissues

Doctors sometimes need to remove other organs. They may include other procedures in your hysterectomy, including:

  • Oopherectomy: Removes the ovaries
  • Salpingectomy: Removes the fallopian tubes

Cesarean section

A C-section is the surgical delivery of a baby. C-sections are performed for a variety of reasons. Doctors sometimes plan this surgery in advance (scheduled C-section). In other cases, you have a C-section when a need arises during labor.

After a C-section, you'll move to a recovery room. Doctors will monitor you and the baby, and our care team will help you with breastfeeding, if you choose.

You'll have a short hospital stay with your baby. Your care team will help you get up and move around. Our surgeons monitor you and get you and your baby home as quickly as possible.

Prolapsed bladder surgery

Prolapsed bladder surgery helps repair the bladder when tissue that supports the bladder weakens. This weakening can cause the bladder to drop into the vagina.

Our surgeons are skilled in this type of procedure. They might recommend one of two types of bladder prolapse surgery:

  • Obliterative surgery: This procedure closes off or narrows the vagina. This surgery creates support for the bladder.
  • Reconstructive surgery: Doctors rebuild the tissue that supports the bladder. They might use the body's own tissue or artificial mesh.


An ablation procedure treats heavy menstrual bleeding. This surgery destroys, or ablates, the uterine lining. The removal of the uterine lining reduces or stops menstrual flow.

Our doctors usually perform this procedure in the office. People usually have a quick recovery and experience relief from their symptoms soon after their procedure.

Endometriosis surgery

Doctors may try a conservative surgery, which removes endometrial tissue outside the uterus while protecting the reproductive organs. They'll discuss your options with you.

Conservative surgery is especially appropriate for women who are planning to have children. Sometimes doctors recommend hysterectomy for people who have severe pain and other problems from endometriosis.


Myomectomy is a procedure that removes uterine fibroids, noncancerous growths in the uterus. Our doctors may recommend this surgery if the fibroids are causing pain or other problems, including excessive bleeding.

Surgical treatments for infertility

Doctors may recommend laparoscopic surgery to treat problems that cause infertility, such as endometriosis (uterine tissue that grows outside the uterus) or fallopian tube blockages.

Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive technique that uses a thin, flexible tool with a light and camera at the end. Doctors use very small incisions so you experience less discomfort and faster healing.

Surgeon Spotlight: Dr. Elizabeth Tigges

Dr. Elizabeth Tigges specializes in obstetrics and gynecology. She believes that her relationship with her patients is critical to providing high-quality care.

When you meet with Dr. Tigges, you'll find a comfortable approach and a strong focus on your individual symptoms.

Dr. Tigges expertly performs procedures using the latest medical technology, including robotic-assisted surgeries. She works diligently to find the solution to reproductive health problems, helping people with complex symptoms and conditions.

Contact Your Health Provider

Contact us to schedule an appointment or find an OB/GYN doctor for your reproductive health needs.

Or you can contact our OB/GYN surgical specialist.