Medical Care and Services for the Special Needs of Women
St. Mary’s Physician Associates’ gynecological team provides care for women at each stage of their lives.
We offer gynecologic, obstetric, imaging and other services. Our suites provide a private and comfortable setting for patient care.
Our OB/GYNs care for all aspects of the female reproductive system. The female reproductive system includes these organs: ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, cervix, vagina and vulva.
Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) Services
Our OB/GYNs care for and treat endocrine disorders revolving around the female reproductive system in our gynecology department. If you’re experiencing infertility or irregular menstruation, our team of specialists may be able to help.
Gynecological surgery is any procedure having to do with the female pelvic region (vagina, vulva, fallopian tubes, uterus, cervix and ovaries). Procedures offered at St. Mary’s include hysteroscopic, laparoscopic, robotic and vaginal surgery.
High-risk and low-risk pregnancy care
A high-risk pregnancy may need extra care before, during or after the pregnancy and giving birth. Age (over 35 or under 17 years old), lifestyle factors and pre-existing or pregnancy-related conditions are risk factors.
Hysteroscopy is the exam of the cervix and uterus by using a thin tube called a hysteroscope. It’s mainly used to identify any issues in the uterus that could cause pelvic pain or abnormal bleeding. OBGYN doctors may use hysteroscopies to confirm or ‘double check’ the results of other tests, like an ultrasound.
The main infertility treatments revolve around either taking medication to regulate hormones, in vitro fertilization or surgical procedure. There are different options to suit each person’s needs.
Laparoscopic and Minimally Invasive Surgery
Laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive approach that requires much smaller incisions. A laparoscope (a thin tube with a camera) is used to send images from inside the body. The surgeon is able to operate on the pelvic organs via the imaging.
St. Mary’s OB/GYN doctors specialize in treating women at any point in their lives, including menopause. We offer treatments that may help make menopause a bit more comfortable. Treatments consist of hormone therapy and medications.
OB/GYNs are often the first to detect low bone mass in aging women. Osteoporosis occurs when the bones thin and undergo mineral loss, making them brittle and weak.
Pap smears are a form of preventive gynecologic care. They are used as a method of testing to detect precancerous or cancerous cells in the cervix.
Prenatal and postnatal care
Prenatal care usually consists of regular checkups for physical examination, weight checks and providing a urine sample. Prenatal appointments are scheduled routinely throughout pregnancy to keep track of you and your baby’s progress and health.
Wellness exams and screenings
A routine visit will consist of the following: a pelvic exam, breast exam and a pap smear. Each exam or test plays a role in detecting cancer and checking up on your overall reproductive system.
Things to Bring on Your First Visit
During your first visit, your doctor will ask you about your health, medical history, sexual activity, menstrual cycle, and lifestyle. Be prepared to know when and how long your last period was.
Please list all of the medications you take. Be sure to include any over-the-counter medicines, vitamins or any herbal supplements. Please provide the name of the medication, the dosage and the name and phone number of your pharmacy.
Hysterectomies Using da Vinci
Obstetrician/gynecologist Chris Lee, DO, is now performing hysterectomies using da Vinci® robotic technology in addition to open and laparoscopic techniques. The robotic-assisted surgery enables the surgeon to remove the uterus through a few small incisions.
The surgeon will sit at a console next to the patient and operate using tiny instruments. The technology includes a high-definition camera that provides a 3D magnified view inside the body. Every movement made by the surgeon is translated by the robotic system, allowing the instruments to be rotated and moved with precision.
Potential benefits of a benign hysterectomy when using this technology include:
- Shorter hospital stay
- Fewer, smaller incisions, resulting in fewer or smaller scars
- Possibly fewer complications
Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any surgical procedure. Talk with your doctor about these risks to find out if robotic surgery is right for you.
St. Mary’s has partnered with the Text4Baby service to help expecting and current moms. Get free text messages on prenatal care, baby health, parenting and more. Text4Baby includes more than 250 messages with information that pregnant women and moms with infants want to know, including:
- Prenatal care
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- Mental health
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- Developmental milestones
- Labor and delivery
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Women who sign up at any point during pregnancy receive a “starter pack” with six messages containing important information and encouragement for them to connect with care providers.
Women can also schedule appointment reminders.
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