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OB/GYN Patient Education and Resources

We understand that some issues facing our patients can be confusing and even scary. That’s why we would like to provide as much information as we can regarding our OB/GYN clinic, the procedures and treatments we recommend as well as answer any concerns you may have. Stay informed about your health by reading the patient resources below. Any specific questions regarding your health should be directed to your physician.


 

 

Having Your Baby with The Women’s Medical Center

Giving birth with us

Congratulations! We’re excited to be a part of this experience with you. We have proudly delivered babies on the Westbank since 1962, and our family here looks forward to helping you expand yours.


Obstetrics

We are experienced in managing both high risk pregnancies and respecting parents’ wishes to have as much or as little intervention as they desire. We can discuss your goals and hopes and any possible challenges to helping your family have the best delivery possible. We are pleased to deliver babies at West Jefferson Medical Center.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about our Common Procedures

Colposcopy

Following an abnormal pap smear, a colposcopy is recommended to obtain a biopsy of cells to check for the presence of pre-cancer or cancer cells. After the procedure, expect to have some black or brown discharge for a few days. You may return to your regular activities immediately unless your doctor told you otherwise. Please call if you have not heard from us in a week or so for your results.

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Understanding Your Pap Smear Results


LEEP Procedure

After an abnormal result from your colposcopy biopsy, a LEEP is recommended to remove any pre-cancer or cancer cells. After the procedure, expect bloody, black or yellow discharge for as much as 6 weeks after the procedure. You may return to all your normal activities, except nothing should go into the vagina for these 6 weeks. You should not have sex, douche or use tampons. If you have severe pain or bleeding heavier than a period, please call the office.

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Laparoscopy

Expect some gas pains in your abdomen or possibly your shoulder for a few days.  Walking, changing positions and avoiding or treating constipation may help. You may bathe or shower normally and return to normal activities as soon as you feel ready, generally in 1-2 weeks. If you have Band-Aids or dressings, remove them in 24-48 hours. If there are strips of tape, leave them on until you come to the office. Call if you have fever, ongoing nausea and vomiting, or if your pain is not improving.

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Hysterectomy

You may have some light bleeding or discharge for a few weeks. Avoid any lifting or inserting anything into the vagina until your doctor tells you otherwise, or at least 6 weeks. You may bathe or shower normally as soon as you feel able and drive when you are not taking narcotic pain medication and can bend and straighten your body. If you have incisions in your abdomen, keep them clean and dry. They do not need to be covered. If there are tape strips, leave them on. Other bandages can be removed 24-48 hours after surgery. Call if you have fever, ongoing nausea and vomiting, bleeding like a period, or your if pain is not improving.

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Vaginal Delivery

Expect bleeding off and on for as much as 6 weeks. You may bathe or shower normally as soon as you feel able. You should not have sex or put anything into the vagina until your 6-week checkup. Call if you have fever, ongoing nausea and vomiting, or if your pain is not improving.


Cesarean Section

Expect bleeding off and on for as many as 6 weeks. You may bathe or shower normally as soon as you feel able. You should not have sex or put anything into the vagina until your 6-week checkup. Call if you have fever, ongoing nausea and vomiting or if your pain is not improving. Keep your incision clean and dry. It does not need to be covered. If there are tape strips, leave them on. Call if you have fever, ongoing nausea and vomiting or if your pain is not improving. Treat or avoid constipation, as this is a common cause of extra pain that can be avoided.

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Long-Acting Reversible Contraception

We offer in clinic placement of intrauterine devices (IUDs) and birth control implants. The IUD is a small, T-shaped, plastic device that is inserted into and left inside the uterus. You can expect light bleeding and cramping for a few days. You may return to all your normal activities immediately. If you have excessive pain or fever, please call the office. You may have irregular bleeding for several weeks afterward. The implant is inserted underneath the skin on the inside of your upper arm and only takes a few minutes. You may have some mild bruising at the insertion site. Like the IUD, the implant can cause irregular bleeding for several weeks.

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Additional Information & Services

Recommended Vaccinations

We are excited to offer recommended vaccines here in the clinic and have skilled nurses available to administer them before or after your already scheduled appointments. We offer our pregnant patients the Tdap vaccine (whooping cough) and the RSV vaccine according to medical guidelines. We also offer all our patients the flu vaccine during each flu season, and we can offer the HPV vaccine to those wanting to be vaccinated.

Vaccines & Immunizations CDC 


Contraception & Family Planning

We offer every major method of birth control including non-hormonal IUD (ParaGard), hormonal IUDs (Mirena, Skyla, Kyleena, Liletta), oral contraceptive (birth control pills), birth control patch (Xulane), Depo Provera injections, subdermal implant (Nexplanon), vaginal ring (NuvaRing), and surgical options (tubal ligation). If you are prescribed Depo Provera as contraception, our nurses are able to administer it to you in clinic after you have picked it up from your pharmacy.

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Effectiveness of Birth Control Methods


Preconception

Choosing to attempt pregnancy may be more complicated than expected. We can discuss any concerns that you may have prior to pregnancy including family, medical or genetic problems and birth defects. If you are struggling with fertility or miscarriages, we can offer evaluation and treatment and referral to specialists when needed.

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Breastfeeding

We are committed to helping all our new families meet their breastfeeding goals. One of the best ways to start education is during pregnancy. We would love to answer your questions, and can also direct you to the following resources:

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Breastfeeding CDC


Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Information

Louisiana has the unfortunate distinction of leading the country in almost every STI. One of the most important ways we can manage this is to provide as many women as possible with non-judgmental, effective and confidential screening and treatment. We offer STI testing, and our nurses can administer some necessary injectable treatments in clinic. Below are some resources about prevention and treatment of some common STIs.

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STI Prevention Brochure CDC

STI Prevention

Chlamydia

Gonorrhea

Trichomoniasis

Genital Herpes (HSV)

Syphilis

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

HIV


Menopause

Many treatments are available for treating hot flashes, vaginal dryness, sexual dysfunction, mood and sleep disturbances. We can discuss hormonal and non- hormonal options. Only a gynecologist can help you make a personal decision about your overall health considering your specific symptoms and priorities. Our nurses are able to administer some prescribed injectable hormone treatments in clinic.

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Osteoporosis 

We offer Bone Mineral Density (BMD) testing in house, which is a screening test for bone health and can help guide treatment needs for osteopenia (low bone density) or osteoporosis (weak and brittle bones that can easily fracture). Knowing your risk of fracture and prompt treatment can help prevent them in case of a fall or accident. Our nurses can administer some prescribed injectable treatments in clinic.

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Fibroids, Heavy Periods and Endometriosis

We offer a full evaluation including in-house ultrasound and tests confirmed by an in-house laboratory. After discussing all your options, we can suggest medical and surgical treatment including minimally invasive surgery, endometrial ablation and medical treatments (hormonal and non- hormonal).


Ultrasounds

We also offer in-office obstetric and gynecologic ultrasounds. During pregnancy, we perform all routine ultrasounds in addition to any special needs throughout the pregnancy, such as a biophysical profile (BPP), which evaluates fetal wellbeing. Our gynecologic ultrasounds are done as needed for pelvic pain, abnormal bleeding, heavy periods, fibroids, endometriosis, or any other concerns you may have related to your reproductive health. We have skilled and experienced ultrasound technicians who work closely with the providers to make sure your individual needs are met.

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Mammography

We are pleased to offer the latest innovation in breast cancer screening – 3D mammography. Three-dimensional mammography is a low-dosage scan that produces a substantially clearer image for a more precise evaluation. This new technology has drastically increased the rate of positive cancer detections while decreasing the number of false detections.

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We combine the latest techniques with personal care that has welcomed three generations of patients. Contact us today to request an appointment.