At Women’s Health Institute in Macon and at Stockbridge we offer comprehensive gynecological care for females from the age of adolescence through post-menopause.
The American College of OB/GYN recommends that sexually active females and all females over the age of 18 have a well woman exam each year. Yearly pelvic exams are important in monitoring your gynecologic health and screening for infection, inflammation or other abnormal cells that may indicate disease.
During the exam, the doctor will examine your breasts and pelvic organs for any abnormalities or changes. The Pap smear consists of removing some tissue from the cervix for the pathologist to examine. An annual exam is one of the most important steps you can take in preventing disorders of the pelvic organs including cervical and ovarian cancer.
Contraception Counseling and Management
Deciding on the best form of contraception is an individual decision between the patient and her health care provider.
Our providers are happy to discuss the following forms of birth control:
- Depo-provera – Injectable progesterone hormone injection given every three months
- Implantable device
- Permanent birth contral through minimally invasive in-office surgery
- Oral contraceptives
- Intrauterine device (IUD) – Provides birth control for 5 to 10 years following placement
- Nuva Ring – Vaginal contraceptive
Millions of women have thinning bones. Our practice has a state-of-the-art bone mineral density (DEXA) scanner in office. The test is completed quickly and you don’t have to undress. Using the test results our physicians can provide risk factor analysis along with appropriate treatment and long term management. Bone Density testing is recommended for women over the age of 50 or those who are post-menopausal.
Uterine fibroids (leiomyomata) are non-cancerous growths that develop in or just outside a woman’s uterus (womb). Uterine fibroids develop from normal uterus muscle cells that start growing abnormally. As the cells grow, they form a benign tumor.
Single Incision Hysterectomy
As a woman considering a hysterectomy, it is important to understand your surgical options. With the SILS™ procedure, women may no longer have to endure multiple incisions, visible scars and long recovery times. The SILS™ hysterectomy can minimize these concerns by allowing surgeons to perform a hysterectomy through a single incision in the belly button – resulting in the potential for no visible scar.
When faced with the need for a hysterectomy, it is normal to have questions about your surgery.
How long will I be in the hospital?
How soon can I resume my life?
After I’ve healed, will I have a scar?
Now, there’s a surgical option for hysterectomy that can help alleviate many of these concerns. With a single incision hidden in the belly button, the SILS™ hysterectomy means that women can breathe a sigh of relief as they will potentially have fewer incisions, less pain and no visible scarring.
For women who undergo the SILS™ hysterectomy, the single incision in the belly button avoids the large incision made in the lower abdomen involved in typical open hysterectomy and the multiple small incisions required for standard laparoscopic surgery.
Potential for No Visible Scar
The SILS™ procedure requires only a single incision that is slightly smaller than the diameter of a nickel. By hiding this small incision within the belly button, the SILS™ hysterectomy may eliminate the visible scars typically associated with surgery.
Additional Gynecological Services:
- Screening and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases
- Menopause Evaluation and Treatment
- Abdominal sonography
- Gynecological surgery
Evaluation and treatment of:
- Abnormal pap smear
- Abnormal bleeding
- Pelvic and vaginal infections including bacterial vaginosis, vaginal candidasis (yeast) and trichomonasis