Gynecology

Gynecology

Gynecology services offered in Athens, OH

If you’re between the ages of 15 and 49 and have female reproductive organs, it’s essential to visit a gynecologist at least once a year. Routine checkups can alert you to underlying health problems and preserve your reproductive health. At Athens Surgery Center, an ambulatory surgery center, the team provides various surgical gynecology services. To make an appointment, call your Gynocologist office in Athens, Ohio, to book your procedure with Athens Surgery Center today.

Gynecology Q&A

What is gynecology?

Gynecology is a medical subspecialty that focuses on women’s reproductive health. At Athens Surgery Center, the gynecologists boast years of experience diagnosing and treating problems that affect the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, and breasts.

It’s crucial to invest in gynecology, even if you feel healthy. Many potentially serious health problems, like cervical cancer, don’t always present obvious symptoms. Regular visits to Athens Surgery Center can alert you early on when conditions are easiest to treat.

What services does gynecology provide?

At Athens Surgery Center, the on-staff gynecologists provide a wide range of women’s health services, including:

  • Pelvic exams
  • Pap tests
  • Breast exams
  • Testing and treatment for vaginal infections
  • Referrals for mammograms (breast X-rays)

The team also diagnoses and treats disorders that affect the reproductive system, including endometriosis, pelvic pain, and infertility.

When should I make a gynecology appointment?

Consider gynecology at Athens Surgery Center if:

  • You’re due for a reproductive health checkup
  • You experience pelvic pain, and it doesn’t improve with at-home treatment
  • There’s vaginal discharge you’re concerned about
  • You have very heavy periods
  • You’re worried about getting pregnant

After a complete exam and a discussion of your goals, the team can make recommendations that align with your needs. 

What happens during a gynecology visit?

The team at Athens Surgery Center provides gynecology visits on-site.

Your provider reviews your medical records and asks about the reason for your visit. Next, they conduct a physical exam. Your gynecologist feels your breasts for any abnormal lumps or growths during the exam.

Next, they ask you to remove your pants and underwear and have you lie down on your back on an exam table. Your gynecologist examines the outside of your vagina and vulva. Then, they use a tool called a speculum to carefully open your vagina..

The speculum makes it easier for your gynecologist to see your cervix. Depending on your age and medical history, your provider might also collect a swab of cells from your cervix, called a Pap test. A Pap test helps determine your risk for cervical cancer.

Last, your gynecologist gently presses on your abdomen and pelvis. They might also insert a gloved finger into your rectum.

If your provider finds any underlying medical problems, like endometriosis or ovarian cysts, they make treatment recommendations.

What types of surgery does a gynecologist perform?

The gynecologists at Athens Surgery Center perform a wide range of gynecological surgeries, including:

  • Surgical cryosurgery (to freeze and destroy precancerous cells in your cervix)
  • Colposcopy (to examine your cervix, vagina, and vulva)
  • Dilation and curettage (a treatment for uterine cancer, uterine polyps, and endometrial hyperplasia)
  • Hysteroscopy (a minimally invasive procedure that diagnoses uterine problems)

The team also provides pelvic laparoscopy, a type of minimally invasive surgery that treats various conditions, including hernias, endometriosis, and uterine fibroids.

To request a gynecology consultation at Athens Surgery Center, call the office or book online today.