OBGYN SERVICES & PROCEDURES
Gynecological Care in Broward County, Florida
At The Advanced OB/GYN Institute, we are devoted to providing the full range of gynecology services from contraception counseling to gynecology surgeries such as hysterectomy or myomectomy.
We provide a full range of gynecologic services in a quiet and comfortable private practice setting. Our services are devoted to addressing the individual needs and concerns of our patients. We provide routine and preventive care services, as well as a full range of minimally invasive surgical procedures.
The following are some of the services we perform:
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, we will examine your breasts and pelvic organs for any abnormalities or changes. During a Pap smear, your physician will swab some cells 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.
Contraception is any method used to prevent pregnancy. Choosing the method of contraception to use is an important decision that will impact a woman’s daily life. Speaking with one of our doctors about which method to use will provide you and your partner with protection. We will supply you with information about the different types of contraception available and the respective advantages and disadvantages of these methods.
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 yours to make, but with our knowledge and our experience we can help you make the right choice.
Breast exams are physical and visual inspections of the breasts. They are an important part of your checkup because breast exams can help identify any unusual lumps or suspicious growths around the breasts. In addition, we can teach you how to perform these exams at home every month in order to recognize any changes on your own. Breast exams can be a very useful tool for the early diagnosis of breast cancer.
You may be asked to place your arm in several positions during the exam to ensure your doctor can see your bare breast from various angles. For the physical portion of the exam, your doctor will rotate her fingers around the entire breast, applying changing levels of pressure to feel areas near the surface as well as deeper within the breast. Both breasts will be examined.
Complex gynecological surgeries that once required large incisions and long recovery times are now being performed as simple minimally invasive procedures thanks to such innovations as laparoscopy and robotic assistance. These advances allow surgeons to perform their procedures through tiny incisions, using a camera and small instruments. This gives surgeons a clearer and more magnified view as well as more precise control than a traditional open procedure. Today’s technology makes procedures like hysterectomies and myomectomies shorter and safer, and reduces recovery tremendously.
Sexual Care / Wellness
Sexual health is an umbrella term that encompasses your overall well-being in regard to all matters of sexuality. On a medical level, this usually relates to the testing, prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases; reproductive health; and sexual dysfunction.
STD Testing and Treatment
Most sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) have no symptoms, so it is hard to know if you have been infected. Periodic testing is recommended for anyone with multiple sexual partners, even if they are having protected sex. Condoms are the only form of contraception that protects against STDs. It is important to communicate with your partner and ask if they have or have ever had an STD. We offer safe and confidential STD testing and treatment.
If you are diagnosed with an STD, most can fortunately be treated effectively. Oral or injected antibiotics are prescribed for gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis and patients usually respond well. There is no cure for genital warts, but flare-ups can be shortened with antiviral medications. HIV also has no cure but can be treated with a combination of medications. STDs are serious infections that can cause lifelong or recurring symptoms and side effects. It is important to practice safe sex and get tested often.
Hormones may also be given to regulate the menstrual cycle for patients with irregular or absent menses, abnormal uterine bleeding, progesterone problems, fibroids, polyps, cancers or precancers, thyroid dysfunction and other conditions. Tests will determine whether hormones or other treatment methods, such as surgery, are appropriate.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
PCOS is the most common endocrine disorder among reproductive-age women. It is characterized by chronic inability to ovulate and elevated male hormones resulting from an imbalance of hormones in the ovaries that disrupts egg production. Symptoms include infrequent or absent periods, excess facial or body hair, male pattern baldness, acne and infertility. It is common for patients to also suffer from other endocrine problems such as insulin resistance and diabetes.
Women may experience symptoms of sexual dysfunction at any age. Both physical conditions and psychological factors can contribute to the problem. Some common triggers are:
- Periods of heavy hormonal change, such as the postpartum period and menopause.
- Major illnesses such as cancer.
- Antidepressants, blood pressure medications and antihistamines.