Women’s Healthcare & Weight Loss in Corpus Christi
Well Woman Exams
The well-woman exam is the foundation to not only diagnose and manage gynecological issues, but to also safeguard your total wellness. This is an ideal time to talk with your physician about how your habits and behaviors can influence your health.
Why do I need a well-woman exam?
This is one of the most critical regular health exams for women. It is primarily for screening for gynecologic cancers, but it is also used to screen for sexually transmitted diseases and an opportunity to talk to your doctor about any concerns you may have
How often should I have a well-woman exam?
Despite the new “pap” guidelines I encourage my patients to come in yearly. Many topics and concerns may come up that would go undiagnosed if they were not to come in. Even if you do not “need” a pap, it’s important to have a complete physical exam and sit and talk with your doctor about any new issues or concerns.
Dr Praderio will strive to give you a complete understanding of all available options, and work in conjunction with your individual long-term plans to offer the most comprehensive and effective contraception based on your individual needs.
It is important not to ignore the signs your body is giving you. If you have had any type of sexual contact with another person and you notice any signs of and STD, make an appointment to be seen as soon as possible.
Menopause is a normal condition that all women experience as they age. The term “menopause” can describe any of the changes a woman goes through either just before or after she stops menstruating, marking the end of her reproductive period.
Treatment for menopause focuses more on relieving symptoms and improving quality of life. The approach for every woman is different. Dr. Praderio specializes in treating the symptoms of menopause so you can live life the way you always have. She will provide the expert guidance and care that you need during this transitional time.
What are some of the signs that I may be going through menopause?
Most women begin to start experiencing symptoms of menopause as early as their 40’s. This period is called “peri-menopause”. Some of the symptoms include:
- Irregular or skipped periods
- Mood changes
- Vaginal dryness/discomfort
- Decreased metabolism and weight gain
How do I know for sure that it is menopause?
Typically, the signs and symptoms are clues that tell most women that menopause has begun. If you would like help in alleviating or regulating the symptoms, then you can make an appointment with Dr Praderio.
Colposcopy/Abnormal Pap Smears
Pap tests are performed to look for early signs of cervical cancer, and some abnormal results can indicate the presence of cancerous or precancerous cells. A Pap smear is just a test, not a diagnosis. An abnormal result shows the presence of abnormal cells. A positive result does not prove that you have cancer or even dysplasia (a precancerous condition). However, it does mean further evaluation is needed, which may include another Pap smear, colposcopy, or biopsy.
What causes abnormal Pap test results?
Most abnormal Pap test results are due to infection with a sexually transmitted virus called HPV or Human papilloma Virus.
What is a colposcopy?
A colposcopy is an evaluation of the cervix and the vaginal canal that uses a special lighted magnifying device (called a colposcope) to assess areas of abnormal tissue or other possible signs of disease. It’s typically performed following an abnormal Pap test or positive HPV test result to obtain additional tissue samples for evaluation under a microscope
What happens during a colposcopy?
Colposcopy is performed in much the same manner as a routine pelvic exam. During the exam, the patient lies on her back and a lubricated speculum is used to gently widen the vaginal canal. A special solution is applied to the surface of the cervix and vaginal canal to highlight areas of abnormal tissue. Next, the colposcope is positioned by the opening of the vaginal canal so the light can be directed toward the cervix and the area can be closely evaluated. When an area of abnormal tissue is identified, small tissue samples or biopsies may be collected for assessment
PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome)
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a health problem that affects 1 in 10 women of childbearing age. Women with PCOS have a hormonal imbalance that may affect their overall health and appearance. Women with PCOS produce higher-than-normal amounts of male hormones or androgens. PCOS is also one of the most common and treatable cause of infertility.
Some of the symptoms of PCOS include:
- Irregular menstrual cycle. Women with PCOS may miss periods or have fewer periods (fewer than eight in a year). Or, their periods may come every 21 days or more often. Some women with PCOS stop having menstrual periods.
- Too much hair on the face, chin, or parts of the body where men usually have hair. This is called “hirsutism.” Hirsutism affects up to 70% of women with PCOS.3
- Acne on the face, chest, and upper back
- Thinning hair or hair loss on the scalp; male-pattern baldness
- Weight gain or difficulty losing weight
- Darkening of skin, particularly along neck creases, in the groin, and underneath breasts
Dr Praderio specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of PCOS. She will work on a treatment plan based on your symptoms, your plans for having children, and your risk of long-term health problems such as diabetes.
Minimally Invasive Surgery
For some, surgery is unavoidable. Dr. Praderio has more than 10 years of experience in evaluating and treating women with non-cancerous gynecologic conditions such as:
- Menorrhagia (heavy menses)
- Metrorrhagia (irregular menstrual periods)
- Pelvic pain
- Ovarian Cysts
What does Minimally Invasive Surgery mean?
Minimally Invasive Surgery utilizes techniques to limit the number of incisions in the body. In traditional open surgery, the surgeon makes one large cut to see the part of your body that they’re operating on. In minimally invasive surgery, however, the surgeon uses small tools, cameras and lights that fit through several tiny cuts in your skin. This allows the surgeon to perform surgery without cutting opening a lot of skin and muscle. These less “invasive” procedures can be performed with just a few tiny incisions, resulting in faster recovery time and less post-operative pain.
What minimally invasive procedures does Dr Praderio perform?
These are just a few:
- Cervical loop electrode excision procedure (LEEP) and conization
- Diagnostic and operative hysteroscopy
- Diagnostic and operative laparoscopy
- Endometrial ablation
- Surgical management of ectopic pregnancy
- Surgical management of missed or incomplete abortion
- Surgical treatment of endometriosis
- Surgical treatment of uterine fibroids
- Robotic hysterectomy