About Healthcare for Women Medical Group
Healthcare for Women has provided quality health care to the women of eastern Jackson County for over 50 years. Our physicians and nurse practitioners are committed to providing the highest quality care based on sound, up-to-date, "evidence based" medical principals. Our goal is to partner with our patients and provide advice on preventative health screenings, medical therapies when indicated and surgical services when necessary. Our founding physicians’ principles of treating each patient with respect and compassion continue to guide us today. We look forward to serving your women’s healthcare needs at one of our two convenient locations in Independence and Blue Springs, Missouri.
Staying healthy is always better than having to be seen by a physician for an illness. We stay up to date on the most recent recommendations for health screenings at all ages from adolescence through adulthood. Part of your visit to our office includes a conversation about which screenings are appropriate for you based on your age, health habits and family history. Our primary goal is to help you stay in good health now and in the future.
A Well Woman Exam involves evaluation, education and conversation. We are your partners in health care.
From conception to delivery pregnancy is a time of excitement and joy. Our goal is to help you do all you can to have a happy outcome. Our physicians are highly trained, board certified Obstetricians and are member of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. We follow women whose pregnancies are “routine” and also those whose pregnancies are considered high risk We work closely with subspecialists in the filed of high risk pregnancy and specialty neo-natal care to help ensure that your baby gets the best care in the area.
Pregnancy care includes:
- Prenatal counseling to assess your nutrition and health habits before and during pregnancy
- A review of your personal and family history
- Routine prenatal visits to watch for complications
- Routine ultrasounds to detect problems with your baby
- Blood tests to look for anemia, infections or genetic problems
The goal of prenatal care is to:
- Monitor both the mother and baby throughout the pregnancy
- Look for changes that may lead to a high-risk pregnancy
- Explain nutritional requirements during and after pregnancy
- Explain activity recommendations or restrictions
- Discuss common pregnancy complaints such as morning sickness, backaches, leg pain, frequent urination, constipation and heartburn and how to manage them – preferably without medications
- Give support to the pregnant woman and her family
- Answer the questions that inevitably come up during and after pregnancy
We are here for you 24/7/365
Much of the initial development of a baby occurs before a woman may realize that she is pregnant. Visiting with one of our women’s health specialists while a pregnancy is in the “planning stage” provides the opportunity to learn about things you can do to optimize the chance of conception. We will discuss ways to reduce the risks of the pregnancy by making dietary changes, beginning vitamin supplementation, considering weight reduction if necessary, and modifying risk-producing behaviors before conception. An evaluation of genetic risks and other risk factors can also be performed during that conversation.
Ten to fifteen percent of American couples may experience difficulty conceiving. There are many possible reasons, including anatomical, genetic, environmental and hormonal factors. These problems can affect women, men and occasionally both partners. Our role as gynecologists is to assist our patients who are having difficulty conceiving though a complete review of personal and family histories, careful physical examination, laboratory testing as needed and discussions about ways to overcome any barriers to pregnancy that may be discovered.
One of the most important contributions to women’s heath has been the availability of affordable, effective and safe contraception. There are many different forms of birth control available to women today. The decision about which type is best suited for an individual woman depends on many variables, including past medical history, ease of use, incidence of side effects, cost and risks. Our providers are specialists in all forms of contraception and can offer advice as to which option may be the best for you.
Whoever coined the phrase “Golden Years” likely never had a hot flash. The hormonal changes that occur around menopause can be challenging at times. Recommendations for healthcare screenings, dietary supplementation, exercise regimens and menopause symptom relief change frequently. As experts in women’s health, we look forward to discussing any symptoms that you are experiencing and can provide advice regarding therapies that are available. We can also direct you to health and fitness resources designed for women over 55.
Problems with menstrual periods are among the most frequent reasons that women choose to see a gynecologist. Changes in the frequency, duration and amount of menstrual flow can be very disruptive to a busy lifestyle. Although there are some potentially serious conditions that can cause abnormal bleeding, it is often simply due to hormonal imbalances. There are many new therapies available to help resolve problem periods. Together we can tailor a management plan that fits your individual needs.
Although we try to avoid surgical therapy if there is an effective alternative, at times an operation is necessary. Our physicians are skilled surgeons who stay abreast of the most recent advances in surgical techniques and current technology. The goal of surgery is to cure a disease process with the least amount of risk and quickest recovery time. Many surgeries can be performed in our office or at an outpatient surgery center. Operations that require a hospital stay often result in only a one or two night stay. We understand that you recover most quickly in the comfortable surroundings of your own home.
We offer laparoscopic and hysteroscopic sterilization surgeries, endometrial ablation procedures as well as other minimally invasive surgeries, including laparoscopic hysterectomy using the da Vinci® surgical system.
Technological advances in surgery now allow operations that previously required a large abdominal incision to be accomplished using minimally invasive surgical techniques. Smaller incisions often reduce hospital stay and may significantly speed recovery. Our physicians specialize in minimally invasive and laparoscopic surgery. Several of our surgeons are credentialed in the use of the da Vinci® surgical system. If an operation becomes necessary to diagnose or treat a women’s health problem, our goal is to perform the surgery in the most effective and safest manner, speeding our patients’ return to their full and active lifestyle.