Medical Centers OB/GYN South offers everything you need and want to deliver a healthy baby close to home. Our goal is to provide individualized care to our mothers. From choosing your pain medication to selecting special music to play during your delivery, we focus on you and your needs.
Dr. Andreana Johnson and Dr. Steve Shassberger use their experience in delivering hundreds of babies to make the birthing experience a happy and memorable one for everyone involved. We nurture and pamper new moms and babies with the best care, the finest doctors and the most caring staff.
Along with personalized care and attention, we’re here to educate you with information to help you prepare for pregnancy, childbirth and caring for your newborn.
Happy moms and healthy babies. That’s Medical Centers OB/GYN.
The loss of bladder control ranges in severity from occasionally leaking urine during a cough or sneeze to having an urge that’s so sudden and strong you can’t get to the bathroom in time. Control over the urinary sphincter is either lost or weakened. Urinary incontinence is a much more common problem than most people realize.
A pessary is a removable device placed into the vagina to support areas of pelvic organ prolapse. A doctor will fit the pessary to hold the pelvic organs in position without causing discomfort. Pessaries can be used successfully to treat other gynecologic conditions, such as a uterus that is in the wrong position.
Perimenopause means “around menopause” and refers to the time when a woman’s body makes the natural transition to menopause, marking the end of the reproductive years. Women start perimenopause at different ages. The level of estrogen — the main female hormone — in the body rises and falls unevenly during perimenopause. Menstrual cycles may lengthen or shorten, and ovaries stop releasing an egg (ovulate). Menopause-like symptoms may occur, such as hot flashes, sleep problems and vaginal dryness. After 12 consecutive months without a menstrual period, menopause has officially arrived and perimenopause period is over.
Osteopathic manipulative treatment, or OMT, is hands-on care. It involves using the hands to diagnose, treat and prevent illness or injury. Using OMT, an osteopathic physician will move the muscles and joints using techniques including stretching, gentle pressure and resistance in order to diagnose injury and encourage the body’s natural tendency toward self-healing.
Vaginal bleeding is considered to be abnormal if it occurs when a menstrual period is not expected or when the menstrual flow is lighter or heavier than what is normal. A woman who has irregular menstrual periods requires a physical examination with a special emphasis on the thyroid, breast and pelvic organs. Many different things can cause abnormal uterine bleeding, including pregnancy and polyps or fibroids (small and large growths) in the uterus. Rarely, a thyroid problem, infection of the cervix or cancer of the uterus can cause abnormal uterine bleeding.
In most women, abnormal uterine bleeding is caused by a hormone imbalance, which is most common in teenagers or in women approaching menopause.
Mid-urethral sling surgery is done to treat urinary incontinence. A sling is placed around the urethra to lift it back into a normal position and to exert pressure on the urethra to aid urine retention. Attached to the abdominal wall, a sling is designed to provide a ribbon of support under the urethra to prevent it from dropping during physical activity. Made of a narrow strap of synthetic mesh, a sling is considered minimally-invasive.