Uses of Laparoscopy in OB-GYN

Dr. Regina Edmond is the president of her self-named obstetrics and gynecological practice in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Edmond earned her doctorate of medicine at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in 2002. Throughout her career, Regina Edmond has gained extensive experience with surgeries, including operations involving laparoscopies.

The laparoscopic intervention is a minimally invasive procedure used to diagnose problems in the abdomen and female reproductive system. Instead of using a large incision, this method involves making a small cut at the navel and sometimes other locations. The surgeon inserts the laparoscope, a narrow lighted tube that can be used to locate problem areas. This technology often enables patients to be in and out of the hospital the same day, allowing them to quickly return to daily activities.

The laparoscope can be used for a number of procedures, including removal of abnormalities such as tumors. Other applications include myomectomy (removal of uterine fibroids) and removal of scar tissue and injured tubes. Laparoscopic tools can additionally be used for a total hysterectomy, as well as treatment of pelvic or ovarian cysts.

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Tips for Preventing Urinary Tract Infections

Dr. Regina Edmond is an obstetrician and gynecologist in Los Angeles, California. Various health issues, including bladder health and the prevention of urinary tract infections, are of interest to Dr. Regina Edmond.

When a woman experiences discomfort during urination or tenderness in the lower abdomen, it may be an indication that she has developed a urinary tract infection (UTI). She should see a qualified physician for diagnosis. If it turns out that she has a UTI, she will become one of the more than 6 million women in the United States who visit their physicians annually for the treatment of their UTIs.

Fortunately, a few basic hygiene practices can help a woman minimize the likelihood of contracting such an infection. First and foremost, because UTIs are caused by bacteria, daily cleaning of the vagina’s outer lips and the area between the buttocks is critical. In addition, after a woman voids urine or stool, front-to-back wiping will help her to channel germs away from the urinary tract.

Regular urination also plays a role in the prevention of UTIs. For one, it keeps the urinary tract active. Secondly, when women urinate both before and after intercourse, it keeps vaginal fluid and semen from entering the urinary tract. Thus, it is important for a woman who seeks to avoid UTIs to drink water and urinate regularly.

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About the Pap Smear

An obstetrician and gynecologist, Dr. Regina Edmond conducts Pap smears and other diagnostic services through her private practice in Los Angeles. The Pap smear, a test that can indicate the presence of cervical cancer, works by detecting precancerous and cancerous cells. During the test, experienced experts like Dr. Regina Edmond use a speculum to facilitate access to the cervix and vagina. The physician or nurse then carefully collects a cell sample from the cervical region.

A laboratory technician examines the sample for any abnormalities. For instance, the lab might find atypical cells that can develop into uterine or cervical cancers. In the event the screening detects abnormalities, patients may be advised to undergo confirmatory procedures such as a colposcopy-directed biopsy and a test for the human papillomavirus, a leading cause of cervical cancer.

Patients should keep in mind that the Pap smear is only the first step in detecting pre-cancerous conditions. Follow up tests may have to be performed. This is one reason why women should pursue regular cervical cancer screenings.

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Osteoporosis, a Primer

by Dr. Regina Edmond

Osteoporosis is a disorder in which the bone tissue breaks down, resulting in fragile bones that are more likely to fracture. While this disease affects both men and women, osteoporosis is primarily a disorder experienced by women, as men comprise only 20 percent of osteoporosis sufferers. Bone loss can occur in adolescence, but it generally becomes problematic during and after menopause.

Often, osteoporosis is not diagnosed until after a fall or injury. However, diagnosis and treatment of the disease have improved in the last few years, and doctors are able to prescribe medications that slow the progression and prevent fractures. Regular exercise, especially strength training and weight-bearing exercises, can help build and maintain strong bones.

About the Author: A specialist in obstetrics, gynecology, and women’s health, Dr. Regina Edmond maintains a private practice in Los Angeles. Dr. Edmond holds a doctorate from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

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Tips to Reduce the Risk of Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections

By Regina Edmond, MD

Urinary tract infections (UTIs), which are more common among women, account for between 8 million and 9 million visits to health care providers annually. After experiencing a UTI, a woman is more susceptible to recurrent infections. However, there are preventive measures that can be taken to reduce this risk.

1. Drink plenty of fluids. Drinking lots of water helps to dilute urine and causes more frequent urination that flushes bacteria out of the bladder. In addition, drinking cranberry juice daily can prevent infections because the fruit contains special substances that prevent bacteria from adhering to the urinary tract walls.

2. Don’t hold it. Resisting the urge to urinate prevents bacteria from being flushed out and can lead to an infection by allowing bacteria to multiply.

3. Wipe from front to back. This is especially important after a bowel movement in order to avoid transferring bacteria from the anus to the vagina or urethra.

4. Urinate after sexual intercourse. Doing so flushes out bacteria that gets pushed into the urethra during sexual intercourse, which reduces the risk of a UTI.

About the Author:

Dr. Regina Edmond received her medical degree from Michigan State University and completed her residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at Martin Luther King/Drew Medical Center. Dr. Edmond currently practices in Los Angeles.

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Exercise and Osteoporosis by Dr. Regina Edmond

No matter your age, exercise can maintain or improve bone health. During teen and early adult years, it boosts healthy bone mass. As the years go by, exercise maintains healthy bones, and in later years, it can slow the rate of bone loss.

An exercise regimen for women should include strength training, such as exercises that use free weights or certain exercise machines. Strength training is one of the best ways to keep bones strong, or to strengthen bones that have weakened. Age- and ability-appropriate weight-bearing exercises such as fast walking, dancing, tennis, jumping rope, or high impact aerobics can help create stronger bones. Exercises such as Tai Chi or even standing on each foot for 30 seconds improves balance and decreases the chance of falls.

Talk to your physician before beginning any exercise program to ensure the program is safe for you.

About the Author: Dr. Regina Edmond is president of Regina L. Edmond, MD, Inc., Health Care in Los Angeles. Dr. Edmond specializes in gynecology, obstetrics, infertility, and women’s health.

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Ways to Prevent Osteoporosis, Part 1 of 2, by Dr. Regina Edmond

Osteoporosis is a disorder that leads to the weakening of the bones due to the loss of calcium and other minerals. The disorder can result in a loss of height, skeletal deformities, and pain. However, there are ways to prevent the onset of this disorder. Read on for some suggestions on how to avoid the devastating effects of osteoporosis.

1. Manage your diet: Consume lots of calcium-rich foods and drinks, such as milk, cheese, and yogurt. Fish and green vegetables are rich in potassium and vitamin K, which can block calcium loss from the bones. Soy products provide calcium as well as estrogen, which helps sustain bone density. Finally, avoid eating too much protein and taking in too much caffeine. Both of these cause calcium excretion, which can lead to calcium depletion.

2. Set and follow an exercise regime: Studies show that weight-bearing exercise helps people maintain and even build bone as they age. Running, stair-climbing, weight-lifting, and more also improve posture, flexibility, and balance, which can offset falls that may lead to broken bones. Doctors recommend exercising 30 minutes a day 3 days a week but do not recommend swimming, since the body needs to combat gravity to build stronger bones.

See Part 2 to learn more ways to prevent and combat osteoporosis.

About the author: Dr. Regina Edmond is the president of her private Ob/Gyn healthcare practice in Los Angeles, California.

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