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APPOINTMENTS

OB-GYNs

When many women think of doctors,
gynecologists are often at the top of the
list-and for good reason. OB-GYNs
are the go-to resource for all things
related to the pelvic area-from menstruation and pregnancy to vaginal
dryness and menopausal issues.
It might feel embarrassing to talk
about topics such as heavy periods or
painful sex, but OB-GYNs are there to
help, and they've heard it all.

Internal Medicine
Doctors

Internal medicine doctors, also known
as internists, are trained to treat adults
for a wide range of issues and often
serve as primary care physicians.
"The internist is probably the one
you would go to for an annual health
exam" to look at issues such as high
blood pressure, diabetes and disease
prevention, Rohr-Kirchgraber says.
Plus, most internists now are trained
to do some basic OB-GYN care, such
as Pap tests.
General internal medicine doctors-internists who go into practice
after they finish their basic internal
medicine training-are recognized
as "experts in diagnosis, in treatment
of chronic illness and in health promotion and disease prevention," the
American College of Physicians says.
Their job is to deal with a wide variety
of patient problems, whether simple
or complex.

Family Medicine
Doctors

Like internal medicine doctors, family
physicians treat adults for a wide range
of issues and often serve as primary
care physicians. But unlike internal
medicine doctors, family physicians
are also trained to treat children.
"Family medicine physicians have
been trained in a little bit of everything: some pediatrics, some medicine,

Make Your Appointment
The hospitals of Community Healthcare System have earned accreditations
for breast imaging, mammography stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound and ultrasound guided breast biopsy. Schedule your next mammogram
at a Women's Diagnostic Center location by calling 800-809-9828.

some surgery," Rohr-Kirchgraber says.
"They're very adept at treating the
whole family."
And they treat a lot of adults. The
American College of Physicians says
85 to 90 percent of patients at a typical
family medicine practice are adults, the
same population seen by internal medicine doctors.

Having It All

So do you need to have both an OB-GYN
and an internal medicine doctor or a
family physician?
"It certainly doesn't hurt to have one
of each, but it's not always necessary,"
Rohr-Kirchgraber says.
Medical and family histories can
sometimes help you decide. For example, if you have a family history of colon
cancer or melanoma, it's probably best
to have an internal medicine doctor or a
family medicine doctor.
"If you're interested in getting pregnant soon, then having an OB-GYN is a
good idea," Rohr-Kirchgraber says. "If
you're 40, you're done having kids and
there isn't that much more you need,
seeing a general physician who can
do your Paps and pelvic exams, that's
totally fine-as long as you're getting
it done."
Just be sure to call ahead and confirm
that your healthcare provider can do
what you need, Rohr-Kirchgraber says.
"A lot of internal medicine physicians
do some OB-GYN care, but not everyone is comfortable doing Paps and pelvic
exams," Rohr-Kirchgraber says.
Pearson recommends asking practical
questions such as "Are the exam rooms
set up to do Pap smears?" and "Do you

DETECTING
CANCER
Whether you choose an OB-GYN,
internal medicine doctor or family
physician, all will recommend that
female patients receive a mammogram
at age 40 or earlier based on individual
risk factors. The Women's Diagnostic
Centers of Community Healthcare
System in Munster, St. John, East
Chicago, Hobart and Valparaiso offer
the latest technology in mammography screening, including breast tomosynthesis, more commonly known as
3-D mammography.
A 3-D mammogram allows doctors
to examine the breast tissue in layers,
creating a clearer image of fine details
so smaller cancers can be identified
early. The exam itself is similar to a
traditional mammogram and takes
about the same amount of time.
Same-day and same-visit mammography results are available at all
Women's Diagnostic Center locations.
If results are abnormal, a navigator
works directly with the patient to
recommend next steps and help coordinate additional testing. For increased
peace of mind and quicker access to
any additional care, biopsy results are
called to patients the day after their
procedure, including on Saturdays.

have the sexually transmitted infection
testing materials on hand?"
Once you find the right doctor or
doctors for you, you can rest easy
knowing your healthcare team meets
all your needs. ■
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