Sometimes, the best tool for diagnosis is something that makes an area of the body more accessible. For conditions of the cervix, colposcopy is that tool. By enlarging the doctor's view of the cervix, colposcopy is a very effective diagnostic tool. Dr. Kompal Gadh at the Advanced OBGYN Institute in Weston and Pembroke Pines, Florida, can perform colposcopy procedures on-site, and provide the answers needed for their patients dealing with problems of the cervix.
A colposcopy is a diagnostic tool Dr. Gadh may use to examine the cervix. This procedure uses a special magnifying device called a colposcope to shine light onto the cervix through the vaginal canal. When the doctor looks into the device, she sees an enlarged view of the area, improving the chances for detection of problems that can't be seen with the naked eye.
Dr. Gadh use colposcopy when a Pap smear or other screening tests show abnormal changes to the cervix. The colposcopy provides additional information about the cells to help the team at the Advanced OBGYN Institute diagnose what is happening in the body. The team may also request a colposcopy when patients are dealing with:
Colposcopy is a procedure performed at the offices of the Advanced OBGYN Institute. It's best performed when a woman is not menstruating, and women should avoid inserting anything into the vagina for the 24 hours prior to the test. At the exam, a woman will lay on her back with her feet in the foot rests as in a Pap smear. The doctor will insert a speculum into the vagina to open the area, separate the walls of the vagina and make the cervix easier to see. A vinegar-like solution is applied to the cervix to enhance the view of abnormal cells. The colposcope is binocular-like instrument that remains outside of the vagina throughout the exam.
If Dr. Gadh suspects cancer, a biopsy may also take place. A biopsy removes a small piece of the abnormal tissue from the cervix for further testing. If a woman has a biopsy, she may experience some pain after the procedure. Otherwise, most women experience no symptoms or discomfort once the procedure is over. To avoid complications, patients are advised to avoid putting anything into the vagina for a few days. For more information about how to prepare for a colposcopy, contact the Advanced OBGYN Institute.
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