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By Williams Ob/Gyn & Associates
November 24, 2020
Category: OBGYN Care

Are you facing an OB/GYN procedure and want it to be as comfortable as possible? Do you want a short, complete recovery so you return to your family and your job? At Williams OB/GYN & Associates in San Dimas, CA, Dr. Richard Anthony Williams offers minimally invasive surgeries to treat and heal quickly and to minimize your downtime. Here's more.

Minimally-invasive surgeries

Also called MIS, minimally-invasive surgeries are so advanced they barely resemble their older counterparts. With these innovative techniques, incisions are small, sutures fewer, anesthesia shorter and your recovery time rapid. Pain management is easier, too.

Take, for instance, a hysterectomy, or removal of the uterus because of cancer, malformation, or another issue. In the past, this surgery required days of in-hospital care because of a large incision and the need for wound care and pain management.

Conversely, today's hysterectomy may be performed by Dr. Williams as a same-day procedure using a thin hysteroscope, a lighted tube advanced through the abdomen or cervix to completely remove the uterus, control bleeding, and suture surgical wounds. While not all cases qualify for MIS, many hysterectomy patients can enjoy a short hospital stay and rapid return to their usual activities which a same-day procedure affords.

Conditions treated by MIS

These surgeries are very versatile and cover a wide range of OB/GYN problems, including:

  • Biopsy for uterine and ovarian cancers
  • Uterine bleeding (ablation)
  • Abdominal adhesions, scar tissue, malformations of the uterus
  • Endometriosis, an overgrowth of the uterine lining
  • Ectopic pregnancy, a conception which occurs in a fallopian tube
  • Fibroids (myomectomy)
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Bladder Support for stress incontinence
  • Repositioning of a tipped, or retroverted, uterus

MIS is a real help

In San Dimas and across the United States, the numbers of ambulatory, or same-day, surgeries have increased dramatically since the 1980s. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says minimally-invasive techniques have led to this rise.

Just ask us

At Williams OB/GYN & Associates, we deliver the best healthcare in a compassionate, confidential setting. If you are interested in exploring minimally-invasive surgeries, please contact our San Dimas, CA, office for more information.

Dr. Richard Anthony Williams and his team educate their patients so they feel truly empowered in managing their OB/GYN health. Phone us at (909) 599-8677.

By Williams Ob/Gyn & Associates
November 19, 2020
Category: OBGYN Treatments
Tags: Painful sex  
What To Do if You Experience Pain During SexWhile it might not be a topic that we often discuss, we understand just how important it is for women to have a healthy sex life. But what happens when you start experiencing pain during sex? Dealing with frequent pain with sex can be frustrating and upsetting. Fortunately, your OBGYN can determine what’s causing your pain and provide you with effective solutions to make sex enjoyable and fun again.

Why am I experiencing painful sex?

There are several reasons why you may experience pain with intercourse. One of the more common ones is a lack of lubrication; however, painful sex could also be a sign of:
  • An infection including yeast infections and infections of the cervix
  • Vaginismus: A condition that causes muscle spasms of the vaginal wall
  • Endometriosis: Where tissue similar to uterine tissue grows beyond the uterus
  • Ovarian cysts and other ovarian conditions
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID): Causes severe inflammation of the deeper pelvic tissue
  • Vulvodynia: A condition that causes chronic pain in the vulva and other external organs including the clitoris
How is painful sex treated?
How this situation is addressed will depend on the root cause of your symptoms. In some instances, you won’t need to see an OBGYN for treatment. For example, if you’ve just had a baby you need to wait at least six weeks before having sex. If you have sex too early you could experience pain. In this situation, you simply need to wait.

However, when it seems like something more is at play then it’s time to consult an OBGYN. If vaginal dryness is the cause, we can recommend or provide special lubricants. Menopausal women who are experiencing vaginal dryness may need hormone replacement therapy or estrogen creams.

We will need to perform a physical exam to check for any tears, signs of STDs, inflamed tissue, or other signs of infection or certain vaginal conditions. Some conditions simply require medication (as is the case with yeast infections or PID); however, chronic conditions such as endometriosis will require special treatments, lifestyle changes, and long-term monitoring from an OBGYN.

Are you dealing with painful sex? If so, your OBGYN can provide you with the care you need to get this problem under control. It’s important to address this problem as soon as possible.

By Williams Ob/Gyn & Associates
November 04, 2020
Category: OBGYN Care
Lactation ConsultantBreastfeeding is one of the most natural and beautiful things in the world; however, we know that it isn’t always easy, and it most certainly doesn’t always feel natural. In fact, the first week of breastfeeding can be challenging for most moms, but we don’t want you feeling frustrated the moment breastfeeding poses challenges. Instead, an OBGYN can provide you and your baby with the lactation support you need for successful breastfeeding.

You want to reach out to a lactation consultant if:

You are feeling nervous or worried about breastfeeding

No matter whether this is your first baby or your third, we know that every breastfeeding experience is different and that sometimes you need someone with experience and training to be able to provide you with encouragement, answers, and support. It’s natural to have questions or concerns along the way, but our team of lactation consultants can help support and encourage you every step of the way.

Your baby isn’t gaining weight

While milk supply is certainly a thing that mothers worry about, especially first-time moms, most of the time this isn’t an issue. If your baby is gaining weight then they are getting the milk they need; however, if you notice your baby’s weight staying the same or if your pediatrician mentions that your baby is losing weight, then it’s probably a good time to consult a lactation specialist who can provide you with simple strategies to improve milk supply.

You have multiple babies

If you have twins or triplets, then the thought of breastfeeding may be a bit overwhelming. Even before you give birth, you may benefit from visiting a lactation consultant to discuss ways to properly hold your babies and feed more than one at a time. A lactation consultant can also help you in the very beginning to determine if your milk supply is matching the increased demand.

You’re experiencing pain

Sure, breastfeeding can be a bit odd or tricky, but it should not be painful. If it is, then something is going on that shouldn’t be. So, if you are experiencing painful, sensitive, or even cracked nipples then it’s time to see someone. Putting up with the pain should not be an option, as this can lead to serious problems such as yeast infections and problems with milk supply.

If you’re having pain or difficulty with breastfeeding, you are not alone. An OBGYN can provide you with the lactation counseling and support you need. Talk with your OBGYN today.