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When to go to the gynecologist for the first time is a question that women have been asking for years. Once upon a time the answer to this question was around 21. But because women are becoming sexually active at progressively younger ages this question does not have a definitive answer. According to the gynecologists that make up the Plano, Texas based Women’s Specialists of Plano, “The most important concept to remember is that once you become sexually active, at whatever age, it is important to begin receiving regular pap smears. A pap smear test is the only way to be sure that you are free of STDs, ovarian, cervical or uterine cancer, or any other issues or underlying conditions that may occur with the reproductive organs.”
Your first OB appt and first Pap smear test is a common fear for every young woman. Oftentimes, the fear and anxiety can be so great that young women will purposely put off making that very first appointment. Most women are anxious about exposing their most intimate parts to a stranger and are also afraid that there may be an amount of pain associated with the checkup. Both of these fears are normal thoughts.
Drs. Murray Fox, Daryl Greebon, Jules Monier, Dennis Eisenberg and Jennifer Newton (Plano, Texas gynecologists) answered several questions for this Q and A designed to help you decide when the best time is to visit an OBGYN for the first time.
Q. First OB appt: When should I go to the gynecologist for the first time?
A. You should see your gynecologist for the first time upon becoming sexually active. Other reasons to visits the gynecologist would be:
- Abnormal bleeding outside of your normal menstrual cycle
- Menstrual periods become longer
- Menstrual periods become heavier and more painful
- An overall change or disruption in your menstrual period
- Severe pelvic cramps outside of your normal menstrual cycle
- Infections such as a bacterial infection or yeast infection that would cause itching, redness, burning or unusual discharge
Q. At what age should I have my first pap smear test?
A. The recommended age for a woman to receive her first pap smear is at age 21. Keep in mind that this age applies to a woman who is not sexually active, and has had regular, similar periods since the beginning of her menstruation.
Q. Why is it important to get annual pap smears?
A. It is important to return to your gynecologist annually because there are complications that arise without symptoms. This means that something could be wrong with your reproductive organs though you have no symptoms and no reason to believe so. The early stages of ovarian and cervical cancer will cause your pap smear to test abnormally; through a routine pelvic exam which is usually also included in these annual appointments, such abnormalities as tumors and cysts can also be diagnosed. Annual pap smears and pelvic exams allow your doctor to catch specific conditions at early stages so that proper treatment can be implemented and fertility can remain healthy. In addition, your gynecologist will check your breasts for any abnormal lumps during each annual visit. This is important because most women do not begin receiving regular mammograms until they are in their forties. Your gynecologist may be able to help you detect breast cancer in its early stages at your annual.
Q. Does it hurt to have a pap smear?
A. No, pap smears do not hurt. There will be a mild discomfort during the exam and for most women the first check-up will be uncomfortable. However, the majority of the discomfort is the result of the unknown. There should be no pain associated with your pap smear and all future visits will become easier each and every time.
Q. What does the gynecologist do during a pap smear?
A. Before the check-up a nurse will bring you a sheet and ask you to undress waist down. As your doctor comes into the room you will be asked to lie down and place your feet in stirrups which will keep your feet in place during the exam. Your doctor will then use a lubricated speculum to gently open your vagina. It is important to relax and take deep breaths during this part. The more relaxed you are the less uncomfortable you are likely to be. Your doctor will then use a long q-tip to swab the inside of your vagina. This swab is what is tested to determine if the cells are healthy, or abnormal. After your doctor swabs you using the speculum, the tool is removed and the exam will be finished.
Most women find that their anxiety about their first pap smear test disappears just as quickly as the actually procedure. But for some the anxiety returns every year when they go back for their annual. It is important to remember that your health should be rated much higher than your fear.
It is important to receive your checkup annually. But it is important to call your gynecologist sooner if:
- Your periods become irregular or cease
- Your periods become heavy
- You experience odor and/or discomfort
- If intercourse becomes painful
- If you think you may be pregnant
When the examination portion of your appointment is complete, your gynecologist will most likely meet with you and discuss a health follow-up with you and answer any questions you may have about such topics as birth control, etc. Finding the right OBGYN is just as important as going every year. Some women see the same doctor through their twenties, the birth of their children and into their mid-life years. If the time is now for you to find and visit an OBGYN, ask around to friends and family for a solid recommendation and make the appointment sooner than later.
Women’s Specialists of Plano Drs. Dennis Eisenberg and Murray Fox Perform First Robotic Hysterectomy on New DaVinci Si Machine with 8mm Camera at Medical Center Plano
Dr. Dennis Eisenberg of Plano, Texas, a pioneer in the use of the robotic hysterectomy surgical technique, recently completed his first hysterectomy surgery at Medical Center Plano using the new DaVinci Si machine. Dr. Eisenberg was assisted on this procedure by fellow surgeon Dr. Murray Fox of Plano, TX.
Plano, TX, August 23, 2011 –(PR.com)– Dr. Dennis Eisenberg of Plano, Texas, a pioneer in the use of the robotic hysterectomy surgical technique, recently completed Medical Center Plano’s first hysterectomy surgery using the new DaVinci Si machine. Dr. Eisenberg was assisted on this surgery by fellow robotic surgeon Dr. Murray Fox.
The DaVinci Si machine has an 8mm camera, the smallest camera that has ever been used for a robotic hysterectomy. The benefit for patients of the smaller camera offered by the new machine at Medical Center Plano is that it requires a smaller incision. This makes robotic hysterectomies performed with DaVinci Si machine even less invasive than the procedure already is.
According to Dr. Eisenberg, the patient “recovered and went home the next morning on Advil,” despite having additional procedures done.
Traditional hysterectomies typically demand long recovery and healing periods after the procedure is performed. Technological advancements like the advent of the robotic hysterectomy, which allow a for a hysterectomy to be performed using robotic micro-instruments that translate the precise movements of the surgeons’ hands while filtering out even the slightest tremors, have significantly reduced recovery times for patients.
Furthermore, robotic surgery has been proven to have unmatched precision and control, even with the smaller incisions that are necessary. High-definition, magnified 3D imaging allows for optimum viewing and manipulation of sensitive nerves, blood vessels and tissues.
Still, not all gynecological practices have adopted the DaVinci robotic hysterectomy surgery technique, despite how revolutionary a treatment option it has proven to be. “It will only be a matter of time until the robotic way is the only way,” explained Dr. Fox. “I’ve seen the difference it has made in hundreds of patients that walk through the Women’s Specialists of Plano doors. It is revolutionary to say the least.”
About Dr. Dennis Eisenberg
Dr. Dennis Eisenberg has worked as an OBGYN in the Frisco, McKinney, and Plano communities for over 11 years. He is a graduate of the University of Texas and completed his post-doctoral studies at St. Paul Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, and has been performing robotic hysterectomy procedures since July of 2007. He is a certified member of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
About Dr. Murray Fox
Dr. Murray Fox MD has been in private practice as an OBGYN serving the Plano, Frisco, and McKinney areas for 34 years. He has also served as Medical Director of the Plano Physicians Group since 1989, as well as the President & CEO Patient-Physician Network Holding Company. He is a graduate of the University of Texas and completed post-doctoral studies at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Fox is a certified member of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and has been performing robotic surgical procedures since 2007.
About Women’s Specialists of Plano
Women’s Specialists of Plano provides comprehensive gynecologic care, as well as traditional and robotic surgical techniques. For patient convenience, the practice offers a wide variety of in-office services including Digital Mammography, 3D Sonography and DEXA Bone Density Scanning. The doctors at WSOP are committed to providing their patients with the most minimally invasive surgical treatments and procedures available such as da Vinci Robotic Surgery, a full range of laparoscopic and hysteroscopic procedures as well as in-office Endometrial Ablation.
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The Women’s Specialists of Plano (972.379.2416, http://obgynplano.com) specializes in pelvic floor dysfunction and vaginal prolapse. When Jean, a 74-year old resident of Plano, Texas, began having unusual and at times frightening symptoms during bowel movements, she decided to make an appointment with the Women’s Specialists of Plano. “What should have been an everyday normal bodily function for anyone, created stress and anxiety for me because every time I attempted to take a bowel movement, I felt as if my internal organs were coming out—and in most cases, they were,” said Jean.
Jean’s OBGYN, Dr. Murray Fox, diagnosed her condition as pelvic floor dysfunction, or in her case, a vaginal prolapse. It is a common disorder seen by the entire group of doctors at WSOP including Drs. Jules Monier, Dennis Eisenberg, Daryl Greebon and Jennifer Newton.
Pelvic floor dysfunction is a condition in which the muscles that uphold the reproductive and digestive organs of a female weaken, and fail to work properly. The immediate result of this muscle failure is “falling of the female organs”, or, a sensation of pelvic pressure or an actual falling of the organs dropping through the vagina. Difficulty passing stools and urinary incontinence are the most common immediate symptoms eventually causing pain, and even more alarming symptoms such as what Jean was experiencing. With the insertion of a vaginal pessary, Jean’s symptoms went away and she was able to resume life as normal.
During the early stages of pelvic floor dysfunction, it may be possible to re-strengthen the pelvic muscles through physical therapy and repair the damage before the dysfunction progresses. But due to the nature of the symptoms, it is commonly missed at an early stage, and the dysfunction becomes much worse.
When pelvic floor dysfunction is not treated properly or immediately it can cause problems of much larger proportions such as:
- Cystocele-The protrusion of the bladder into, and at times through the vagina.
- Rectocele-The protrusion of the rectum into, and at times through the vagina.
- Enterocele-The protrusion of the bowel into, and at times through the vagina.
- Urethrocele-The protrusion of the urethra into, and at times through the vagina.
- Vaginal Prolapse-The protrusion of the top of the vagina into the lower portion of the vagina completely inverting it. (This is most common in post-hysterectomy patients.)
Statistics suggest that 40% of women between 60-80 years of age will experience some degree of pelvic floor dysfunction or vaginal prolapse. At this age the dysfunction is the resort of multiple things including age, gravity, number of children, constipation, childbirth etc. However, it is important to note that 1 of every 3 women of 25 and up will suffer from the dysfunction as well. The most common causes being pregnancy, obesity, vaginal delivery, and menopause.
If you begin to notice symptoms that lead you to believe that you may be suffering from any degree of pelvic floor dysfunction, consult with your physician as soon as possible. Pelvic floor dysfunction is diagnosed through a series of testing. Your doctor will begin their testing with a careful study of your medical history, symptoms, and physically or emotionally traumatic experiences that could be contributing to the physical and emotional pain of this disorder. Specific tests will be administered to determine which muscles are not properly performing their job.
Pelvic floor dysfunction may be treated with specialized physical therapy known as biofeedback if the dysfunction is found at an early stage. With biofeedback, a person may be able to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and remind the body to perform these tasks as it should. Approximately 75% of individuals with pelvic floor dysfunction experience significant improvement with biofeedback.
Many times, pelvic floor dysfunction patients and those suffering from vaginal prolapse will need corrective surgery. Using a vaginal pessary or a mesh device is often effective for curing the problem. A vaginal pessary can be inserted into the vagina to support the prolapsed organs. Meshes to secure organs into place are also commonly used. Using sutures, a mesh is used to help keep the bladder, uterus or other pelvic organs secure. Using a pessary or a mesh will commonly alleviate symptoms.
If you are experiencing unusual symptoms that you believe may be associated with pelvic floor dysfunction, consult with your doctor and learn about the treatment options that are available to help you with your specific situation.
An estimated 17 million women in the U.S. will cope with female bladder problems and urinary incontinence each year. According to the Women’s Specialists of Plano, TX, (972.379.2416, http://obgynplano.com), a large majority of these women do not discuss the symptoms associated with their incontinence with their family doctors and in many cases, the condition is left untreated.
Urinary incontinence is the medical term used to describe the loss of urine control. It can happen when you cough, sneeze, exercise or do any other type of activity that may put stress on the bladder. Urinary incontinence can exist where a woman might experience episodes of a slight dribble of urine, to the inability to hold urine all together; it can also be temporary or permanent depending on the underlying cause. While it is not a serious health concern, it can lead to anxiety, stress and embarrassment for sufferers.
Causes of Female Urinary Incontinence
Female urinary incontinence is usually caused by weakened or damaged pelvic muscles that prevent the urethra from closing tight enough to hold urine in the bladder. Many women will experience incontinence after giving childbirth where exceptional strain is put on the pelvic region. For many, this condition will go away, while for others, it will continue to worsen before female incontinence treatment is sought. Other causes of female urinary incontinence include:
- The aging process
- Traumatic injury
- Weight gain
- Neurological disorders (spinal cord/head injuries)
- Infections (urinary tract, bladder infections, etc.)
- Certain diseases (such as Multiple Sclerosis)
- Medications, prescription drugs
Types of Female Urinary Incontinence
Drs. Daryl Greebon, Jules Monier, Murray Fox, Dennis Eisenberg and Jennifer Newton are Plano, Texas gynecologists that make up the Women’s Specialists of Plano. They offer female incontinence treatment and see various types of female urinary incontinence from patients that enter their office doors.
There are five basic types of urinary incontinence. Stress incontinence occurs when you leak urine during a physical activity such as lifting, jumping, exercising, sneezing and coughing. It is typically a result of both hypermobility (which occurs when the urethra and bladder neck shift from their normal positions) and an Intrinsic Sphincter Deficiency, which occurs when the urethral sphincter is unable to close tightly enough to hold urine in the bladder during physical exertion.
Urge incontinence is described as over-activity of the detrusor muscle, which is the smooth muscle that surrounds the bladder. It typically relaxes to allow the bladder to fill, then contracts to squeeze out urine when a woman goes to the toilet. During urge incontinence, the bladder will contract frequently creating an overwhelming need to urinate even if you just went. This condition is often referred to as “overactive bladder” and makes it difficult to hold your urine long enough to reach a toilet.
Other forms of female urinary incontinence include overflow incontinence where the bladder never completely empties causing urine to leak, and functional incontinence where a physical limitation or immobility may exist making it impossible for a person to reach the toilet in time.
Female Incontinence Treatment
There are solutions for female urinary incontinence and female bladder problems that have been proven to bring them a sense of normalcy. Every woman should discuss their symptoms with their physician so that the correct solution can be found. For mild incontinence, Kegal exercises are usually effective; behavior therapies and small lifestyle changes such as decreasing the amount of fluids taken in or scheduling bladder elimination can also help.
For women who experience moderate incontinence, medications, protective undergarments and bulking injections such as collagen may be used. Some women find that their female bladder problems go away with the use of a pessary device. A pessary device is a stiff ring that is inserted into the vagina where it places pressure against the wall of the vagina and urethra. This pressure helps control leakage because it repositions the urethra.
For many women, surgery becomes the answer in order to get their incontinence under control. Retropubic suspensions are used to treat hypermobility. These suspensions elevate and restore the bladder neck and urethra back to their natural anatomical positions. This procedure is often referred to as the Burch procedure.
A variety of slings are also available to help restore normal bladder function. Slings can be inserted via a minimally-invasive surgical technique to help support the bladder and urethra. Some slings use self-fixating anchors while others use sutures. All are used to provide relief of the sensations and symptoms associated with urinary incontinence and most provide good results.
If you suffer from incontinence, make an appointment with your gynecologist to talk about your symptoms and options for a permanent solution so that your quality of life can be restored and the stress and anxiety from female urinary incontinence eliminated.
Women in Plano, Frisco, Dallas, Richardson and surrounding North Texas communities considering a hysterectomy to treat conditions such as cervical, uterine, or ovarian cancer, pelvic pain, excessive bleeding (mennorghia), or symptoms from fibroids should be informed about the benefits a hysterectomy operation performed via robotic laparoscopic surgery. This video from the show “The Drs” provides a nice overview of the benefits including reduced recovery time and scarring. The OBGYN surgeons at Women’s Specialists of Plano are strong believers in the benefits of this cutting edge procedure. To schedule a consultation, please contact us at 972-379-2416 or visit our online appointment center.
Women’s Specialists Plano is pleased to combine our expertise in traditional surgery with the technological advancements of today. This video gives you an idea of the amazing capabilities of this machine. Dr. Daryl Greebon, Dr. Murray Fox, Dr. Jules Monier, and Dr. Dennis Eisenberg are early adopters of this amazing technology which significantly reduces recovery time, scarring, and typically overall patient satisfaction. If you are considering your hysterectomy options, please contact us for a robotic surgery consult.
The associates at Women’s Specialists of Plano, OBGYN, are pleased to launch this new website to assist patients in the North Texas communities of Plano, Frisco, Richardson, Dallas and surrounding areas in finding up to date information on leading-edge services offered in this area. Women’s Specialists of Plano has been a long standing obstetrics and gynecology practice and its physicians are affiliated with Medical Center Plano, Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano, and Baylor Medical Center at Frisco. Murray Fox, MD, Daryl Greebon, MD, Jules Monier, MD, Dennis Eisenberg, MD and Jennifer Newton, MD are all experienced physicians and surgeons who are committed to bringing new and innovative technologies, such as da Vinci robotic surgery, and laparoscopic and hysteroscopic procedures to their patients. By staying current with new developments in the medical industry, these gynocologic surgeons help to save their patients time and money while providing minimally invasive procedures with reduced recovery time and less scarring. They also provide a wide array of obstetric services from genetic and preconception counseling, to fertility to regular and high risk pregnancy. For patient convenience, WSOP provides in-office services including, endometrial ablation, mammogram screening, DEXA bone density scan, 2D / 3D sonograms.