Routine health care, by its very nature, is designed to prevent serious health issues from developing, as well as identify potential health problems early so they can be successfully treated. Our doctors know how to ask the right questions, listen carefully to our patients and perform the most effective tests and screenings available.
We can provide several minor procedures in the office, avoiding the need for hospitalization. This saves you time, costs and the need for general anesthetic. Some of our most common specialty services are:
- Colposcopy – this is a test we perform if a patient has an abnormal pap smear result. It further clarifies for us if a patient has abnormal cells on her cervix, known as dysplasia.
- If the colposcopy confirms dysplasia, we may opt to perform a LEEP (Loop Electrical Excision Procedure) to remove the abnormal cells and some of the surrounding tissue, or monitor carefully.
- Endometrial biopsy – for patients with abnormal uterine bleeding, we conduct the biopsy to obtain tissue from the lining of the uterus (endometrium) for further examination.
- Saline Infusion Sonogram (SIS) – this is where we instill water into the uterus during an ultrasound.
How is a colposcopy performed?
The colposcopy is performed in the office and takes about 15 minutes. We examine the patient’s cervix under magnification, rinse the cervix with several solutions and obtain very small biopsies after using local anesthesia. Patients might have some light bleeding afterwards with some mild cramping, but can resume normal activities immediately. Results take a little over a week.
What is involved in a LEEP?
Our doctors administer a local anesthetic (lidocaine) and perform this brief procedure in the office. We remove the abnormal cells and some of the surrounding cervical tissue. Afterwards, patients might experience some discharge, bleeding and cramping for a couple of days, and they are asked to refrain from sexual intercourse for two weeks following the procedure.
Can I resume normal activities following an endometrial biopsy?
Yes, this is a very common procedure done in the office where we obtain tissue samples from the lining of the uterus. Patients might feel cramping during the procedure and some mild cramping and spotting afterwards, but normal activities can be resumed the same day.