John D. Erkmann M.D.  
     
     
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions



Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
The specialized care of Women, with special emphasis on preventative care, antenatal care, and delivery of both low and high risk patients.

 

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Loop electrode excision procedure

Procedure Description:
A precancerous lesion of the cervix is shaved off the surface with an electried wire electrode under local anesthesia.

What To Expect:
After careful explanation and the opportunity to view a film on the subject, the patient's cervix is anesthetized and examined, and the biopsy taken.

Preprocedure:
The patient should arrange for a competent caretaker to drive her home afterwards.

Postprocedure:
The patient is asked to refrain from intercourse for a matter of several days afterwards.

colposcopy

Procedure Description:
The microscopic exam of the cervix to detect pre-cancerous abnormalities.

What To Expect:
After viewing a film on the subject and receiving a brief explanation about the indication from the physician and nurse, the cervix will be examined carefull for precancerous changes. Biopsies of suspect areas may be taken. It is only mildly uncomfortable and requires no anesthetic.

Preprocedure:
No unusual preparation is necessary.

Postprocedure:
The patient is asked to report any unusual bleeding or pain but can expect several days of light bleeding. She is asked to refrain from intercourse for several days to reduce pain and bleeding.

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Hysteroscopy

Procedure Description:
A fiber-optic lense of small diameter is placed into the uterus for the purpose of examining its interior.

What To Expect:
After the patient has been shown a film on the subject and received an explanation from the doctor and nurse about the procedure, the cervix is anesthetized with a small amount of local anesthetic and the hysteroscope introduced into the uterus. The findings are visible on an adjacene monitor.

Preprocedure:
The patient should have a companion available to drive her home as the anesthetic may cause some lingering distracting effects such as palpitations, interfering with her ability to drive safely.

Postprocedure:
Light bleeding can be expected. Intercourse may be resumed whenever it is comfortable.