Northwestern Women’s Health Associates provides an excellent standard of care for our patients.
Some outpatient procedures can be performed in the comfort of our well-equipped office.
Imaging is an important part of diagnostic testing, and the sonohysterogram allows us to see the minute details of the inside of a patient’s uterus. This brief procedure may be scheduled if we suspect the presence of fibroids or polyps in the uterus, if the uterine lining has thickened, or if a patient is experiencing abnormal menstrual bleeding.
Biopsies are performed when a physician needs to examine tissue closely. A uterine biopsy will remove a small sample of tissue from the uterus for examination under a microscope. This diagnostic test may be performed if a patient is experiencing abnormal vaginal bleeding, if we see the need to rule out the presence of abnormal cells, if the uterine lining has thickened, or if another suspicious condition exists.
A colposcopy allows your physician to analyze the vulva, vagina, and cervix closely. A colposcope, which is a type of microscope, is used to achieve a close-up of tissues.
Colposcopy is commonly a follow-up procedure to an abnormal pap smear, as abnormality in test results indicates suspicious cells. Viewing the cervix through a microscope lets your physician clearly see cells after a solution has been applied to turn abnormal cells white. Biopsies are then taken of any abnormal areas to help determine if any treatment needs to be done. Other reasons a colposcopy may be performed include abnormal bleeding, lesions, polyps, inflammation of the cervix, or genital warts.
An IUD is an intrauterine device that is inserted into the cervix as a method of birth control. This T-shaped device, when situated in the uterus, is highly effective at preventing pregnancy. Data from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists indicates that, on average, only one in one hundred women become pregnant while an IUD is in place. While IUD is an effective method of birth control, this device offers no protection against sexually transmitted diseases.
At Northwestern Women’s Health Associates we offer Mirena and Paraguard. During your consultation regarding IUD birth control, your physician will discuss your options and answer any questions you have so that the most suitable device for your needs is chosen.
Hysteroscopy is a procedure that may be performed for a number of reasons. Most commonly, gynecologists perform this procedure to identify and treat the cause of abnormal or heavy uterine bleeding. At Northwestern Women’s Health Associates, hysteroscopy is usually performed after a sonohysterogram has found an abnormality.
Performed after menstruation, the hysteroscopy procedure may begin after your physician gives you medication to aid in relaxation. Pain may be managed with local anesthesia. After dilating the cervix, your physician will insert the hysteroscope, a thin telescope device, into the vagina.
At Northwestern Women's Health Associates
your unique needs are our highest priority.
Making use of advanced technology and staying on the cutting edge of women’s healthcare, our team of experts is dedicated to providing every woman who visits our office with the highest level of sensitive, specialized care. At our office in Chicago, you can receive exceptional obstetrics and gynecology (OBGYN) services from any one of our highly skilled doctors, including Stanley Friedell, MD
; Marc Feldstein, MD
; Abbie Roth, MD
; Regina Belmonte, MD
; Sharon Wise, MD
; Julianne Morton, MD
; Whitney Dunn, MD
; Aleena Lakhanpal, MD
; and Margaret Kistner, MD
. With their combined expertise, this team of board-certified doctors at Northwestern Women's Health Associates makes it possible for you to receive efficient, personalized care from the preeminent women’s hospital in the Midwest.