Gynecology

General Gynecologic Care

An annual gynecologic exam is essential for your overall gynecologic health and well-being. During your visit, you will be seen by one of our twelve experienced and board certified physicians. It gives an opportunity for screening, to identify health risk factors and for counseling to maintain an overall healthy lifestyle.

View our Healthy Practices for Women informational PDF for more information.


Adolescent/Pediatric Gynecology

Currently, the College (ACOG) recommends that the first visit to the obstetrician–gynecologist is between the ages of 13 years and 15 years and that the focus of this visit should be on patient education. It does not necessarily include a pelvic examination. During this visit, we will address your overall health, immunization, contraception and screening and prevention of STD.


Urinary Incontinence Evaluation and Treatment

For more information visit our Urogynecology page.


GYN Surgery

West Ridge OB/Gyn consists of board certified physicians highly trained in various gynecological procedures.  Our expertise encompass minor and major gynecologic surgeries including minimally invasive procedures.


Minimally Invasive Surgery

Advanced Laparoscopic & Hysteroscopic Surgery  

da Vinci® Surgical Procedures 


 


Menopause Management

Menopause is defined as the absence of menstrual period for twelve consecutive months. Although it is a natural biological process and not a medical illness, its symptoms can literally take control of a woman’s life. Menopause affects every woman differently, but most women have symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, sleep disturbances, changes in sexual interest, and mental fogginess. A multi-pronged approach to treatment that includes diet changes, medication, and exercise can help women feel better about embracing the “change.”

View our Menopause Management informational PDF for more information.


Office Procedures

Colposcopy

Colposcopy is a procedure where the cervix is looked at with a microscope called a colposcope. It provides more information if abnormal cells are seen on your Pap smear. During the procedure, if abnormal areas are seen on the cervix, your doctor may take a biopsy where a tiny piece of tissue from the cervix is obtained. This is sent to the laboratory for testing. Although colposcopy is most frequently used to evaluate the cervix, it is also utilized to assess abnormal areas in other parts of the body like the vulva.

Cystoscopy

Cystoscopy is a diagnostic procedure where we evaluate the urethra and bladder. In urogynecology a cystoscopy can help in the diagnosis of urinary incontinence, fistula, injury to the urinary tract, hematuria and malignancy.

Hysteroscopy

A hysteroscope is a device with a camera that evaluates the internal anatomy of the uterus and cervix. It has various uses such as removing a polyp, locating an intrauterine device and performing a sterilization procedure, to name a few.

Endometrial Ablation

Endometrial ablation is a surgical procedure involving the destruction of the endometrium to stop or reduce heavy or irregular menstrual bleeding. In our office, we utilize the NovaSure Endometrial Ablation technique. It is a quick method that involves the use of a NovaSure device that uses radio frequency energy to destroy the lining of the uterus.

Essure

Essure is the only surgical contraception done for women in an office setting. It consists of non-hormonal inserts made up of nickel-titanium alloy that block your fallopian tubes with no incisions needed.

LEEP procedure

Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure is used to remove the part of your cervix containing abnormal cells. It utilizes of a very thin wire loop that that removes a thin layer of your cervix. If you have an abnormal Pap smear result, your doctor may suggest that you undergo this procedure.

PTNS (Percutaneous Tibial Nerve Stimulation) for Overactive Bladder

PTNS is a minimally invasive treatment for overactive bladder. Overactive bladder is often treated well with behavioral modification and diet management. When these therapies do not achieve an acceptable result, medications and PTNS can be considered. It is a low risk procedure which involves insertion of a very fine needle behind the ankle. A nerve stimulator is attached to this needle for thirty minutes. This treatment is done weekly for twelve weeks and can be as effective for the treatment of overactive bladder as medications without medication costs and side effects.

Urodynamic Testing

Urodynamics is a one hour office procedure to assess the function of the urinary tract by measuring how it stores and empties urine. The most common reason to do urodynamics is to evaluate urinary incontinence. Urodynamics may be helpful in determining the cause of your urinary symptoms.