Gynecological care involves all other medical and surgical problems of female patients, including infertility, family planning, menstrual disorders, and cancer prevention.
We recommend an annual gynecological examination, a Pap test, and periodic mammogram as a vital part of maintaining your health.
Our team approach provides excellent care for both emergencies and special health concerns.
Patients benefit from the availability of an immediate second opinion, and one or more members of our group are qualified specialists in gynecological surgery, special risk obstetrics, infertility and endocrinology.
Birth Control & Family Planning
Bone Densitometry – Bone Loss (Osteoporosis) Treatment
Bone density scanning is a process that allows doctors to measure bone loss before it becomes problematic. It is often used to diagnose osteoporosis, which is a condition in which loss of calcium and structural changes in the bones can cause the bones to become thin and fragile. Your test results may be able to assess your risk of fractures based on the amount of bone loss.
Why should I get a bone scan?
Bone densitometry, also called dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA), is an advanced x-ray technology that uses a low dose of radiation to measure bone density. It is a non-invasive procedure and is the best way for doctors to diagnose osteoporosis at its earliest stages. Osteoporosis is more common in women than men, and is more commonly found in post-menopausal women, especially those not taking estrogen.
The DEXA test is the most accurate way to identify both osteoporosis and your risk of bone fracture. It is a simple procedure with no side effects, and it can be completed in 30 minutes or less in most cases.
What to expect
The DEXA is comprised of a central device and a peripheral device. The central device measures bone density in the hip and spine, while the peripheral device measure the finger, hand, and foot. Your doctor may also recommend a lateral vertebral assessment to screen for potential fractures in the vertebrae.
You will also be asked to complete a questionnaire regarding your lifestyle, medications and family history. This information combined with your test results will enable your doctor to determine the best course of action to minimize your risk of fracture.
Your tests are always conducted by our highly trained technicians and analyzed by a skilled radiologist. Your results will give you scores comparing your bone density to a young adult of the same gender and person in your age group.
DEXA cannot predict who will suffer from a fracture, but these tests are useful in assessing risk as well as tracking the effects of treatment of osteoporosis.
Doctors treating osteoporosis today frequently will prescribe biophosphonates, drugs which slow down the rate at which your body breaks down bone. Hormone replacement therapy is still an option, but is not recommended as frequently today because of studies that have shown a possible increase in the risk of heart attack, stroke and breast cancer. Early diagnosis allows your doctor to determine the best options for treating your condition and tracking your treatment.
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) refers to a wide range of physical or emotional symptoms that typically occur 5 to 10 days before a woman starts her monthly menstrual cycle. The symptoms usually stop when the period begins or shortly after. The exact cause of PMS has not been identified. This condition affects up to 75% of woman during their childbearing years. Symptoms appear to get worse in women between the age of 30s and 40s. Some women with severe PMS have premenstrual dysphoric disorder.
The most common physical symptoms include abdominal fullness, bloating, breast tenderness, clumsiness, constipation or diarrhea, headache, food cravings, less tolerance of noises and light. In addition there may be symptoms of tension, anxiety, edginess, feelings of sadness, mood swings and difficulty concentrating.
There are no physical examination findings or lab test specific to the diagnosis of PMS. Keeping a diary log of symptoms for at least 3 months is helpful for your doctor to make a correct diagnosis and recommend appropriate treatment.
Urogynecological care addresses conditions that affect a woman’s bladder and pelvis, including prolapse (dropped bladder), loss of bladder control, and difficulty urinating. Our urogynecological team offers expertise in treatment options that include a variety of non-surgical therapies designed to relieve symptoms.
Urogynecology and Pelvic Support Center
The newly named Urogynecology and Pelvic Support Center at Stark Women’s Center is available for a full range of services including:
- Urogynecology Consultations
- Pelvic Prolapse Surgery
- Comprehensive Urodynamic Testing
- Stress Incontinence Surgery
- Diagnostic Testing /Treatment for Interstitial Cystitis
- Pessary Fittings and Routine Pessary Care
- Office Diagnostic Cystoscopy
- Urethral Bulking / Contigen Injections
- Pelvic Muscle Rehabilitation (PMR)
Introducing New Services:
Interstim Neuromodulation – For the Treatment of Overactive Bladder and Non-Obstructive Urinary Retention. Exceptionally safe out-patient neurostimulator implant for patients that have failed or cannot tolerate traditional medication and behavioral therapy. FDA approved since 1997.
Complete Urodynamic Testing
Tomosynthesis 3D Mammography (Digital Mammography)
Our Tomosynthesis 3D Mammography department is ACR and FDA accredited and utilizes state-of-the-art equipment. Services include screening and diagnostic Tomosynthesis 3D Mammography (digital mammograms) for early breast cancer detection. Only registered, highly trained technologists perform Tomosynthesis 3D Mammography and the mammograms are interpreted by radiologists with specialized training in Tomosynthesis 3D Mammography.
Dietary and Weight-Loss Consulting
A registered, licensed dietician is on staff full-time for individual nutrition intervention. Services include weight loss, Type II diabetes, hypertension, and low cholesterol diets. Meal plans are tailored to you current lifestyle. Weight loss plans are based on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Exchange Lists. Meal replacement products are also available.
Da Vinci Robotic Surgery
The da Vinci Surgical System provides surgeons with an alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional laparoscopy, putting a surgeon’s hands at the controls of a state-of-the-art robotic platform. The da Vinci System enables surgeons to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision.
Physician: from L to R: (Back) Dr. Schleich, Dr. Hoppe, Dr. Starcher and Dr. Staub (Front), Dr. Jagadish, Dr. Vassas and Dr. Brister
- Bone Densitometry
- Dietary and Weight-Loss Consulting
- Diagnostic Ultrasound
- Pre-Menstrual Syndrome
In-Office Procedure Options to Stop/Reduce Menstrual Bleeding
From the comforts of an office vs. a hospital we offer the following surgery procedures in office: Colposcopy’s, D&C, Vulvar Biopsy, Endometrial Biopsy, Novasure, Essure, Adiana, Hysterscopy D&C, SIS, LEEP’S, Polypectomy’s, Insertion of Mirena and Paraguard IUD’S, Excision of Lesions, I&D Barth Cyst and Skin Tag removal.
Becoming pregnant can be a complex process. The processes of ovulation and fertilization need to work just right. For some couples attempting pregnancy, something goes wrong along the way, resulting in infertility. The cause of infertility can involve one or both partners. Infertility is defined as a lack of conception despite unprotected intercourse for at 12 months.
Treatment of infertility depends on the cause, how long you’ve been trying for pregnancy, your age, your partners’ age, and many other personal preferences. Some causes of infertility cannot be corrected. However, many women can still become pregnant with assisted reproductive technology or other procedures to restore fertility.
Evaluation is an important step in beginning the treatment of infertility. Testing for the couple will depend upon the individual’s history, assessment of ovarian function, cervical factors, sperm count, and tubal patency.
Infertility has a profound emotional, psychological and economic impact on the affected couple. It is our goal at Stark Women’s Center in Canton, Ohio to provide a comprehensive and sensitive approach, so that the couple may be successful in achieving pregnancy.