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Help Keep Our Pregnant And At Risk Patients Safe (COVID-19 Update)

Category: News, Pregnancy

To our patients and their families

Your health is of utmost importance to us; we are open and keeping all current appointments.  Much is not known, on the risks to pregnant patients, and for that reason we are treating those that are pregnant with caution. Appropriate precautions to sanitize our office are always part of our daily procedures.
Here is how you can help us keep this population and other at-risk patients such as elderly patients safe.
  • Stay home, if you have any symptoms of fever, cough, chest congestion or flu-like symptoms.
  • Our health care facility will ask that you reschedule your appointment, stopping you at the entrance, if you have any symptoms, or if you have traveled to any of the government known risk areas, or been exposed to anyone with COVID-9 or the flu.
  • If you are suspecting you have been exposed or have the symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath, do not come into the office instead please call or use your patient portal to send us a message and we will provide direction.
  • Please follow the Ohio guidelines and the CDC website guidelines and use caution when traveling. Travel is being limited by the government as well as large gatherings by the Governor of Ohio, in an effort to contain and reduce the spread of the virus.
  • We are requesting masks be worn at any visit to our office.
  • Visitors are not permitted at this time. This includes significant others at any obstetrical appointment.

For more information

If you have any other questions related to the Coronavirus (COVID-9) be sure the information is most current and accurate by going to these websites.
Government Centers of Disease and Control
From our Ohio Governor:
Sincerely,
OB GYN Associates
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When Should You See Your OBGYN About A Heavy Period?

Category: Gynecology

Heavy bleeding during your period is sometimes known medically as menorrhagia. Although every woman is different and menstrual cycles can vary, when should you see your OBGYN about a heavy period?

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Gynecological Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

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What Questions Should I Ask My Obstetrician About Genetic Testing?

What questions should you ask your obstetrician about genetic testing? The best approach depends on what you really want to know. Every parent-to-be wants to have a healthy beautiful baby, but of course there is always a chance your child will have some abnormality or disorder. The good news is there are prenatal screening tests that will provide you with answers, IF you want to know. Here are some clarifying questions.

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Understanding Postpartum Depression And How To Deal With It

Postpartum depression does not discriminate. You can develop it whether your pregnancy was easy or difficult. You can suffer from it if you are a first time mom or already have a child, married or unmarried, and it occurs in women of all ages, races, and education. Simply put, it can happen to any woman, even you. That’s why understanding postpartum depression and how to deal with it is valuable information for all expectant mothers.

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5 Things to Know About Robotic Surgery For Gynecologic Cancer

Medical technology continues to improve and innovate the way surgeons can perform surgery. Robotic surgery was approved by the FDA in 2005 and is a relatively new less-invasive technique, but different from both laparoscopic and open surgery. Before undergoing any kind of surgery for gynecologic cancer, discuss with OBGYN Associates of Akron these 5 things to know about robotic surgery for gynecologic cancer.

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What is a Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist?

Category: Gynecology

In order to graduate from an Ob/Gyn program in the U.S., doctors must first go through 4 years of medical school, then 4 years of residency (sometimes the first year of residency is also called the “internship”). During medical school there are three main licensure tests, and about a hundred smaller tests one must pass before graduation. During residency there are a handful of in-training exams. Just after graduation from residency, doctors take a written board certification exam that lasts all day. In order to take the more grueling oral exam, and to finally be board certified, one must first pass the written test.

Once the written exam is taken, just after completing residency, doctors have 1-2 years to adjust to practicing in their community or hospital. Physicians are known to be “board eligible” once they get out of residency. The new physician must practice medicine to build their own cases. The next year these physicians complete a large “case list” where every single surgery, hospital admission, baby that is delivered, and many office visits are logged into a database that is turned in a few months before the oral board exam. The professors who give the boards testing then review this material. It will become part of their oral review.

Each November or December, a bunch of nervous Ob/Gyns travel to Chicago, where they take over a hotel downtown to take their oral boards. It has cost thousands of dollars in test fees, travel expenses, and hotel charges to get there. 6 professors, in groups of 2, ask you questions for about an hour each. Examiners show slides and ask you what you see, and how you would treat the problem.

Examiners “inquire” why you delivered this baby in such a manner? Or why another a different way, or why you induced labor on this patient, and why you chose a vaginal hysterectomy on one lady versus an abdominal one on another? The questions get harder and harder. Most ob/gyns can recall with great clarity their oral board exams, including specific questions or slides, even 25 years later! The pass rate varies, but is somewhere around 80-85% overall. Receiving the letter that starts “Congratulations….” is one of the most rewarding experiences in an
OBGYN’s career.

CONGRATULATIONS to our recent BOARD Certified Physicians: Hillary Mitchell and Brittany Van Beek!

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Great Birth Control Benefits That Are Beyond Pregnancy Prevention

Everyone knows that using birth control gives a woman control over when and if she becomes pregnant. What you may not know is that there are some great birth control benefits that are beyond pregnancy prevention.

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4 Prenatal Vitamins You Need and How to Take Them

Whether you are planning to become pregnant or gifted with a surprise, taking prenatal vitamins will only benefit you and your baby. OBGYN Associates of Akron suggests these 4 prenatal vitamins you need in order to prepare your body for a healthy baby.

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