Abnormal Pap Smears:
A Pap smear is a routine test performed during your annual exam which checks your cervix for abnormal cell growth, which could be indicative of changes in the cervical cells. If you have an abnormal pap test, your physician may ask you to return to the office for either a repeat pap test or a different type of test called a colposcopy, which helps the physician get a better tissue sample of the cervix. This helps to determine the cause of these abnormal cells, which could be cancerous cells. They may also be precancerous cells, which if found early enough can be treated before developing into cancer. Cervical cancer used to be the leading cause of cancer death for women in the United States; fortunately this has significantly decreased over the years since women are now getting regular Pap tests. This is one reason why it is so important to schedule your annual exams and follow-up with your doctor. To learn more about abnormal pap smear test results click here.
Yearly pelvic exams and Pap smears are important in monitoring your gynecologic health and screening for infection, inflammation or other abnormal cells that may indicate disease. Early detection is important in treating any disease and especially important for cervical cancer and other potentially life-threatening diseases.
Annual exams are recommended for women who are sexually active or over the age of 18. During the exam, the doctor will examine your breasts and pelvic organs for any abnormalities or changes. During a Pap smear, he or she will remove some tissue from the cervix to carefully examine as well. An annual exam is one of the most important steps you can take in preventing disorders of the pelvic organs.
Some commonly associated bladder ailments include urinary tract infections and incontinence.
Urinary tract infections may affect the kidneys, ureters, bladder and the urethra. These infections are more common in women than men and in fact more than half of all women get at least one infection throughout their lifetime. An infection that starts in the bladder is not usually serious and may include minor symptoms however it is considered an urgent matter and should be treated immediately. If it is not treated it can spread to your kidneys which is serious and can cause permanent damage. If you notice any changes in your urination it is important to call your doctor immediately so it can be treated before it gets worse. To learn more about bladder infections click here:
Urinary incontinence is involuntary loss of urine. Millions of women experience this problem ranging from mild leakage to uncontrollable and embarrassing wetting which can have a negative impact on the quality of life. Some women may allow the embarrassment of this to prevent them from enjoying activities with their family and friends. Don’t wait – Call our office and schedule an appointment to discuss treatment options.
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Bone Density Screening:
Bone Density Screening is important because it helps determine if a person is at an increased risk for an osteoporosis-related fracture. The results from this test will help the physicians provide our patients with a treatment plan to help prevent fractures. To learn more about osteoporosis click here:
Choosing a method of contraception is an important decision that will impact a woman’s daily life. Talking with your doctor about which method is right for you is essential to successful protection for you and your partner. At County Obstetrics & Gynecology Group, P.C., we will provide you with information about the different types of contraceptives and their respective advantages and disadvantages.
Birth control methods have many different variable factors including frequency, convenience, permanence and effectiveness. It is important to take into consideration your lifestyle, age, health and previous experiences. The decision is ultimately yours, but using our knowledge and experience can help you make the right choice.
Da Vinci Procedures:
The Da Vinci System is a robotic surgical system which uses a minimally invasive approach for complex surgical procedures. Imagine major surgery performed through the smallest of incisions! Some of the benefits of this procedure include significantly less pain, less blood loss, less scarring, a shorter recovery time and hospital stay and faster return to normal daily activities. To learn more about Da Vinco procedures click here:
Endometriosis Gynecological Surgery:
Endometriosis is a condition that occurs when the tissue that lines the uterus, called the endometrium, is found on structures located outside of the uterus. This is the tissue that sheds each month during a women’s menstrual cycle. The problem with endometriosis is that the tissue acts like it does during a women’s cycle; it starts to bleed but because it is not located within the lining of the uterus it has no place to go, and therefore causes inflammation, swelling and may produce scar tissue around the areas where the tissue implants. Most cases of endometriosis are diagnosed around the ages of 25 to 35 although it has been seen in very young girls. The prevalence is unknown since there may not be any symptoms however it is one of the leading causes of pelvic pain. If you are having pain, your physician will discuss a plan that meets that your needs. Pain medication may be all that is needed. A visual inspection of inside the pelvis during surgery, usually performed laparoscipcally, as well as a tissue biopsy of the implanted tissue is required to make a definitive diagnosis of this disease. To learn more about endometriosis click here.
Hormones are chemical substances in our bodies that act like messengers. Our bodies produce dozens of hormones that control everything we do including how we think, eat and sleep. When levels of hormones fluctuate it affects us mentally, emotionally and physically. Hormonal imbalance occurs when these chemicals, responsible for regulating our body’s systems, are no longer functioning properly. There are many different causes for hormonal imbalance including menopause which is a natural occurring process due to the end of menstruation and fertility, which occurs when the ovaries stop functioning causing a decrease in the level of hormones estrogen and progesterone. Since these hormones are no longer functioning our body’s system therefore stops functioning properly causing symptoms such as hot flashes, difficulty sleeping and changes in sexual response. Although menopause cannot be prevented there are recommendations our physicians can discuss with you to help make this life-changing experience a little less painful and a little more tolerable. Many of these life changing symptomatic problems can be managed using medication or lifestyle modification. Since there are many causes of hormonal imbalances including stress, birth control pills, genetics, obesity, tumors and lack of exercise, our health care professionals will test for these hormonal imbalances so you know for sure what the cause of your symptoms may be. To schedule an appointment to discuss your symptoms, please call any of our offices. Please call any of our offices to schedule an appointment.
In Office Procedures:
Our physicians have a great deal of experience and compassion handling women’s health procedures and gynecologic concerns. We provide a wide range of procedures from intrauterine device (IUD) insertions for long-acting reversible contraception to endometrial biopsies which are performed by taking a tissue sample from the lining of the uterus (endometrium) to test for abnormal cells or signs of cancer. To learn more about our OB/GYN services, please call any of our offices for more information.
In Office Sonography:
Our sonographers here are County Obstetrics & Gynecology are board certified, highly-skilled professionals who use specialized equipment to create images of gynecological structures in the pelvic region that are used by physicians to make a medical diagnosis. Our sonographers have extensive training and years of experience.
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