Our Services - Gynecological Disorders
Abnormal PAP Smear
| Pelvic Pain
Vulvar and Vaginal Lesions
| Vaginal Discharge
| Pelvic Masses
Gynecologic Endocrine Disorders
| Pelvic Prolapse
| Breast Lump Evaluation
At times, pap smears come back abnormal. Some Paps represent benign conditions
while others represent precancerous or cancerous conditions. Any abnormal
pap should be evaluated to insure good health. Dr. Jones is able to evaluate
your abnormal pap here in our office. Sometimes it involves a simple exam
or repeat pap. Other times it requires a special exam called colposcopy.
Dr. Jones will be able to advise you about the best way to proceed.
Colposcopy is a special examination of the cervix performed when there is
an abnormal pap smear. The cervix is prepared with special stains to make
abnormal cells stand out. Sometimes a biopsy is performed to evaluate those
cells further. This exam is performed right in our office and no special
preparation is needed. It is very similar to the process of getting a pap
Sometimes women have menstrual cycles that are not normal. These abnormalities
range from no period at all (amenorrhea), frequent bleeding (metrorrhagia),
to very heavy, long periods (menorrhagia). Dr. Jones can evaluate and treat
these disorders using medicines or surgery, whichever is most appropriate
for your individual situation. In preparation for your visit, it is useful
to keep a menstrual diary. This can be done on a small calendar which can
be carried in your purse or pocket or kept by your sink or nightstand.
A number of conditions can cause pelvic pain. Some of these include ovarian
cysts, endometriosis, menstrual cramps, adhesions, and infection. Dr. Jones
is well qualified to evaluate and treat these disorders using medicines
or surgery, whichever is most appropriate for your individual situation.
A variety of conditions cause lesions in the female genital areas. Some
are benign and require no treatment. Others are of more concern and require
treatment, removal, or biopsy. Sometimes the appearance of lesions is deceiving
when in this location. What looks like a common mole on another part of
the body can act differently on the vulva, especially if it has only been
noticed recently or if it has changed in appearance over time. There are
also other conditions such as lichen sclerosis, condylomata, vulvar cancers
and precancerous lesions, among others that can affect this area. Dr. Jones
is experienced in evaluating lesions on the vulva and in the vagina. Often
the diagnoses can be made with minimal testing such as a small in-office
biopsy or colposcopy.
Vaginal discharge can be normal or indicate a problem. It is important to
have them promptly evaluated - especially if you are sexually active.
Dr. Jones is qualified to diagnose and treat most pelvic masses. Known gynecologic
cancers are generally referred to a gynecologic oncologist.
Hormonal disorders can affect women in a variety of ways. One of the best
known is polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). This can result in infertility,
obesity, unwanted male pattern hair growth, heart disease, and diabetes.
We offer in-office ultrasound for gynecologic patients. The images are interpreted
by Dr. Jones, who will be using the information to develop the proper treatment
plans for your individual situation. Both abdominal and vaginal ultrasound
are used regularly.
Pelvic prolapse is a condition that can be very disturbing for those affected.
It can include bulging of the bladder (cystocele), bulging of the rectum
(rectocele), bulging down of the uterus (uterine prolapse), or some combination
of them. Both surgical and non-surgical methods are used to treat these
conditions. Pessaries often reduce the need for surgery. Surgeries may include
traditional surgeries or more advanced use of synthetic meshes if necessary.
Many women will develop these benign conditions of the uterus before reaching
menopause. Some will never know it. Others will have symptoms including
heavy bleeding or pain. Ultrasound is often used to evaluate this condition.
If surgery is necessary, it can often be accomplished through minimally
invasive techniques such as hysteroscopy
Breast lumps are commonly found during exams or through self breast exam.
Most are benign, but the possibility of breast cancer is always considered.
Surgical evaluation will be arranged through our office when needed.