Cleveland Clinic Akron General Obstetrics & Gynecology specializes in providing compassionate and comprehensive care for women. We strive to work collaboratively with patients and their families to outline the best course of care, from routine screenings to helping our patients through pregnancy and beyond.
Our board-certified physicians, nurse practitioners and midwives offer the complete continuum of care for women in any stage of their life.
We are proud to offer convenient office hours and five locations throughout the community to better serve your needs. In addition, we strive to see patients as quickly as possible, especially in urgent situations, and offer a unique triage program staffed by highly trained registered nurses who work closely with our providers to help coordinate immediate care and treatment when necessary.
Choosing a healthcare provider, especially one dedicated to women’s health, is an important decision for you and your family. Our caring team of physicians, nurse practitioners and certified nurse midwives focus on prevention and wellness.
Providing compassionate care, we specialize in treating a wide variety of women’s health issues, including:
- Abnormal uterine bleeding
- Bone health
- Breast health
- Infertility and contraception
- Menopause management
- Normal and high-risk deliveries
- Pelvic pain and prolapse
- Pre-pregnancy, prenatal and post-delivery care
- Urinary incontinence management
The well-woman exam is an essential part of a woman’s preventive health maintenance as it provides the opportunity to discuss health promotion and disease prevention, recognize individualized risk factors for disease and identify medical conditions.
According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the first visit to an obstetrician-gynecologist should take place between the ages of 13 and 15 years so that screening, preventive services and age-appropriate education and counseling may be initiated.
Well-woman visits that include an internal pelvic and speculum examination should begin at age 21 and continue annually until age 65. Prior to 21, internal pelvic examinations are only necessary if a woman has risk factors.
At your appointment, your provider will:
- Complete a comprehensive health assessment, including medical, surgical, gynecologic and family history
- Review current symptoms, complaints and questions
- Obtain vital signs and calculate body mass index (BMI)
- Complete a physical examination (which may include clinical breast, speculum and internal pelvic examinations)
- Make recommendations for screenings and immunizations
- Provide counseling and education regarding healthy lifestyle choices
Akron General Obstetrics & Gynecology is pleased to be part of a comprehensive health system, which includes access to a multi-specialty team of surgeons dedicated to women’s health needs.
Our providers specialize in providing minimally invasive and robotic options that can reduce pain and scarring, while shortening recovery time, including single-port robotic surgery. Based on your condition, your provider will recommend the most appropriate treatment option, which may include surgery if necessary. Some of the most common surgical procedures address:
- Breast biopsy
- Cesarean section delivery
- Hysterectomy, including minimally invasive approach
- Ovarian cysts
- Pelvic organ prolapse
- Permanent tubal sterilization
- Removal of adhesions, scar tissue or fibroids
- Reproductive or infertility issues
- Urinary incontinence
- Uterine bleeding
As your partner in care, our providers will walk you through every step of the process should you need surgery, from pre-surgical testing and prep to the recovery process and beyond.
If you are planning to become pregnant, it is important to begin thinking about your health before you conceive. Studies show that a woman’s health prior to pregnancy can influence both her ability to conceive and her ability to carry a baby healthily to her due date. The 6-12 months prior to conception are an ideal time to schedule a pre-pregnancy, or pre-conception, counseling appointment with your obstetrician-gynecologist.
Our team of providers is made up of board certified obstetrician/gynecologists who care for both normal and high-risk pregnancies and advanced practice nurses who care for normal pregnancies. Working together, we focus on preventing health complications, managing health conditions, helping you to stay well and providing education throughout your pregnancy. Our providers deliver babies at Akron General’s New Life Center.
Your prenatal care should begin early in your pregnancy and continue regularly until you deliver. As long as you know the date of your last menstrual cycle and are having no health or pregnancy problems, we generally recommend that you first visit our office when you are around eight weeks pregnant. You will have a monthly prenatal visit until the end of your second trimester (28 weeks of pregnancy).
Then as delivery approaches, you will begin more frequent prenatal visits so we can closely monitor your and your baby’s health.
The postpartum checkup is an important time for your provider to assess your health and how you are adapting to motherhood.
If you delivered your baby vaginally and are not experiencing complications, you should be seen six weeks after delivery. If you delivered your baby by cesarean section, you should be seen two weeks after delivery and again six weeks after delivery.
Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNMs) are licensed, independent healthcare providers who provide personalized, compassionate and comprehensive gynecological care and family planning services.
CNMs work to support and educate women through all phases of life, including low-risk prenatal care and delivery. They view pregnancy as a normal life process instead of an abnormal medical condition, and support all types of births – whether it’s a non-medicated delivery, or one with anesthesia and epidurals.
Evidence shows that the use of minimal interventions and supportive care reduces the need for operative interventions, such as episiotomy or cesarean births. However, midwives are able to use medical interventions when needed, and will consult or refer to doctors when high-risk conditions develop.
Akron General CNMs are educated in nursing and midwifery and maintain their license as a Registered Nurse (RN) through the state, as well as pass the national examination for midwifery certification. They work together with qualified physicians in a group practice, Akron General Obstetrics and Gynecology, and provide birthing services at Akron General’s New Life Center.
If you are interested in delaying pregnancy until the time is right for you, many contraceptive options exist, including hormonal and non-hormonal methods. Hormonal methods range from an oral pill that is taken each day to long-acting, reversible methods. Non-hormonal options include natural family planning, the use of spermicide and barrier methods. If your childbearing is complete, permanent sterilization options can also be discussed.
Infertility is the lack of conception after at least one year of unprotected, regular and frequent intercourse. A couple’s infertility may stem from one factor or a combination. Thankfully, there are several sophisticated methods for diagnosing and treating infertility.
Many couples first seek care for infertility in an OB/GYN setting. Here at Akron General Obstetrics & Gynecology, we are sensitive to the physical, emotional, spiritual and financial impact that infertility may have on a couple.
During your appointment, you can expect your provider to:
- Discuss factors affecting fertility
- Explain possible reasons for infertility
- Perform an appropriate physical assessment
- Initiate testing to evaluate the cause of infertility
- Discuss treatment options and initiate treatment (when appropriate)
- Make a referral to a reproductive specialist (when necessary)
Our staff is made up of board-certified physicians and nurse practitioners.
To make an appointment, please call 330.344.8565.
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