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As more and more medical research is conducted and understood, the importance of annual or semi-annual visits to various health providers becomes clearer. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists' guidelines state that teenage girls should start visiting their gynecologist yearly once they reach the ages of 13 and 15. This is particularly important if a girl or woman is sexually active. Beyond that, Dr. Lori Sweitzer, a obstetrician/gynecologist at LSC OB/GYN in Annapolis, Maryland, has a few more reasons why visits to her office are so imperative to a woman's reproductive health:
Establish a baseline
For many young women, the reason for a "normal" gynecological health isn't understood. By establishing a relationship with your Annapolis gynecologist, and keeping regular appointments throughout your lifetime, you will become more comfortable with the routine of examinations and can begin to understand the way your body operates and what is considered "normal" for you. This allows both you and Dr. Sweitzer to identify and treat any problems that may come up, including pain, missed periods, or abnormal vaginal discharge.
Stay ahead of history
A family history of female cancers - breast, ovarian and cervical - can be a frightening prospect as many of these cancers have genetic links. However, by taking time each year to have a wellness and pelvic exam at your Annapolis gynecology office, you're taking the proper steps toward maintaining your health. Dr. Sweitzer will perform examinations at each of your visits and compare any changes from your previous charts. Preventative medicine is a powerful tool against genetic risk factors.
Some women may need more or fewer examinations, depending on their age and health history. If you can't remember the last time you visited a gynecologist, it's time to give LSC OB/GYN in Annapolis, Maryland a call to set up an appointment today!
You may have heard of the term "minimally invasive" associated with surgery, but if you have been told that you need a minimally invasive procedure, you may have a few questions about why and how it's done. Dr. Lori Sweitzer, your Annapolis-based obstetrician/gynecologist, is certified in performing minimally invasive surgery. In this entry, Dr. Sweitzer and staff have answered a few of the questions they hear from their OB/GYN patients when they are scheduled for this kind of procedure.
What does "minimally invasive" mean?
Unlike traditional surgical, or invasive, procedures, minimally invasive surgery does not require a large incision in order to reach the targeted area. Dr. Sweitzer, uses laparoscopy (a tiny telescope-like tube to view the internal organs) and robotic-assisted instruments to perform minimally invasive surgery.
What are the advantages of minimally invasive surgery?
Large incisions from traditional surgeries usually require a long healing time and leave noticeable scars. However, minimally invasive procedures, like the ones performed by Dr. Sweitzer, only require tiny places of entry, reducing pain, downtime and scarring afterwards. The time you spend in recovery at the hospital immediately following your surgery is also greatly reduced. Minimally invasive surgeries are usually more accurate thanks to the use of sophisticated computers and equipment.
What sort of surgeries are performed this way?
Many obstetric and gynecological surgeries that were once invasive are now done laparoscopically. Hysterectomy (removal of the uterus), removal of uterine polyps, fibroids or masses, and treatment of endometriosis are a few of the conditions treated by minimally invasive surgery.
If you have further questions about a minimally invasive OB/GYN procedure offered by Dr.Sweitzer, contact our office to make an appointment. We would be happy to discuss any treatment option with you.