Gynecology: Other Services
IUD Insertion and Removal
Intrauterine devices are a hassle-free method of birth control with few side effects. They can provide long-term effective protection against pregnancy. IUDs should be inserted by a trained professional who will minimize your risk for complications.
During proper IUD insertion, the cervix and uterus are measured and the IUD is then inserted to the proper depth by a tube. A string is left hanging in the cervical canal for maintenance and removal. During removal, the strings are located and grasped with a clamp to slowly pull the IUD out at a certain angle.
Bone density scanning, also known as bone densitometry or a DEXA (Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry) scan, is a noninvasive procedure used to determine the extent of bone loss and assess a patient's risk of osteoporosis by measuring bone mineral density. It is most commonly performed on the lower spine and hips and allows patients to take preventive measures against osteoporosis before they experience a broken bone. When used over time, DEXA can detect even the smallest gain or loss in bone density to help detect or diagnose conditions such as osteoporosis and osteopenia.
We offer Bone Density testing in our office.
On Site Laboratory/ Blood Draw
Blood tests are used to measure the levels of a variety of substances within your blood. There are normal ranges for each of these substances that the majority of the population falls into. However, if your blood test results are determined to be abnormal, it means that for one or more of these substances, your levels were found to be either above or below this normal range. This may be an indication of an illness or disease or it may simply reflect a medication you are taking, a dietary imbalance or some other life issue. If an abnormal result returns from the lab, your doctor will discuss the findings with you and most likely recommend further testing to determine its cause and a diagnosis if necessary.
For your convenience, we offer blood draws and laboratory testing in our office
There are several medical and life methods that can be used to prevent infection with HPV and reduce your risk. Females between the ages of 11 and 26 may receive the Gardasil Vaccine for protection from human papillomavius (HPV), which causes genital warts and may lead to cervical cancer. This vaccine is available through our office.
Colposcopy is a procedure used to magnify the cervix and the genital tract, and is often used to identify cancer or HPV. It is usually performed as a follow-up procedure to an abnormal pap smear. The speculum is inserted and a colposcope is used to view the area at 10 to 40 times its normal size. If any abnormal cells are noticed, a biopsy of the tissue may be done. A colposcopy is a very safe procedure with few complications.
Cryosurgery, also called cryotherapy or cryoablation, is a procedure in which extreme cold produced by liquid nitrogen is used to destroy abnormal tissue. An alternative to traditional surgery and its drawbacks, cryotherapy is used to treat cervical dysplasia in the office.
Endometrial biopsy is a procedure that exams the endometrium (the inside lining of the uterus) for abnormalities. The biopsy is done by taking a tissue sample of the endometrium and having a pathologic evaluation.. A speculum is inserted in the vagina, followed by a small plastic tube that suctions a sample of the endometrial lining off. This test is usually performed to determine the cause of abnormal bleeding from the uterus.
A pessary is a small device inserted into the vagina by a health professional. It may be used to treat urinary incontinence or to support the organs of the pelvis when a prolapse has occurred.
Using sound waves to make a picture of the organs and structures in the pelvic area, an ultrasound is an imaging technique that permits doctors to evaluate internal conditions. A gynecological ultrasound is used to examine the uterus, ovaries cervix and fallopian tubes.
Ultrasounds are also used for some of the following reasons:
- Ovarian or uterine cancer
- Diagnosing fibroids
- Detecting cysts and masses
- Monitoring the uterus and developing fetus during pregnancy
- Identifying causes of infertility
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Locating an intrauterine device
A gynecological ultrasound is either a transvaginal or transabdominal procedure. The handpiece, a transducer, is either inserted into the vagina or moved across the lower belly. The image produced from the sound waves is projected onto the display screen. An ultrasound is painless and usually takes about 30 minutes. Our physicians perform ultrasounds in our office.
If you would like more information about our Gynecology procedures or to schedule an appointment, call us directly at 703-560-1611.