Also, in the past, I've had only a primary care physician who provides my yearly pap smears. Should I see a gynecologist instead? What are the benefits of having both providers?"
Dr. Ali Ghomi Responds:
Thank you for your inquiry.
Most OBGYN's in the community are well qualified to manage most conditions.
Unless you have a specific condition needing special attention, location and insurance would be the common variables dictating which provider one would select.
Primary care physicians are qualified to perform routine gynecologic screening examinations (i.e. routine pap smear, breast examination and pelvic examination). However, a gynecologist may be more experienced to make an earlier diagnosis of a gynecologic condition/complaint.
Ultimately, the decision is rather subjective as to whether to have a primary care physician perform the initial evaluation or have a gynecologist perform the annual well-visit examination.
— Dr. Ali Ghomi
Dr. Ghomi is the Director of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery and Chair of The Robotic Surgical Committee at Sisters of Charity Hospital. He is the only physician in Western New York who performs Sacrocolpopexy Prolapse surgery using the da Vinci® robot. Sacrocolpopexy is a proven “gold standard” procedure worldwide to repair severe pelvic prolapse. Click here to learn more about Catholic Health's OBGYN services.
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