Obstetrician and Gynecologist in Dallas
UT Southwestern Medical Center obstetrician and gynecologist Patrick Weix, M.D., Ph.D., specializes in performing minimally invasive gynecologic procedures, including laparoscopic and robot-assisted surgeries, to treat a number of conditions.
These include uterine fibroid tumors (myomectomy) and ovarian cysts (cystectomy), issues that necessitate the removal of the uterus (hysterectomy) or ovaries (oophorectomy), endometriosis, and some types of pelvic-organ prolapse.
In some cases, Dr. Weix uses the state-of-the-art, highly precise da Vinci surgical robot to perform single-site hysterectomies and oophorectomies – procedures that involve only one small incision inside the belly button.
While less-invasive techniques are not the best option for treating every patient and every condition – in some cases, open surgeries are called for – the right candidates usually do very well.
“Patients who undergo these minimally invasive procedures tend to have less discomfort, reduced risk of complications like infections and blood clots, less time in the hospital (many can be done as outpatient procedures), a quicker return to function, and a better cosmetic outcome,” he says.
A Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Weix is a general Ob/Gyn. In addition to caring for his gynecologic patients, he has a busy obstetrics practice, typically delivering more than 120 babies each year.
“It’s wonderful getting to be a part of so many patients’ lives and getting to know them – and in many cases, their families – over the years,” he says.
Dr. Weix strives to be a partner in care with the women he treats.
“I try to be very sensitive to how patients feel and what their preferences are about various issues,” he says. “I work with them to find the best ways to achieve the desired outcomes – whether that’s choosing a method for removing fibroid tumors, having a vaginal delivery after a Caesarean section, or delivering a healthy baby after a high-risk pregnancy.”
Dr. Weix also believes that patient education is very important.
“Patients tell me all the time, ‘No one ever took the time to explain it like that before’ when we discuss, say, the benefits and risks of different procedures. I think good communication and education are critical to helping patients make informed decisions about their care,” he says.