Northside/Northpoint OB-GYN

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Please use the links below to learn more about te procedures that we perform in-office.

Endometrial Biopsy
Saline Infusion Sonohysterography
Colposcopy
Intrauterine Device
Nexaplanon (previously known as Implanon)
DEXA Scan

ENDOMETRIAL BIOPSY

For an endometrial biopsy (EMB), the physician will take a sample of tissue from inside your uterus. The pathologist will examine the sample under a microscope to determine possible causes for irregular bleeding, abnormalities found on ultrasound, or abnormal pap smears. Do not arrive on an empty stomach, and pre-medicate with Motrin or another over-the-counter pain medication shortly before the EMB procedure. Some patients may experience mild cramping or may feel light headed following the procedure. Most women are able to return to school or work immediately after the procedure. Biopsy results are usually available within 14 days.

SALINE INFUSION SONOHYSTEROGRAPHY

Saline infused sonohysterography (SIS) is a procedure in which fluid is instilled into the uterine cavity through the cervix to provide improved visualization of the interior of the uterus during a vaginal ultrasound. This procedure may help detect abnormal findings in the uterine cavity which may cause abnormal bleeding.

It is best to schedule this procedure 1-2 weeks after your period if possible.  You may receive a prescription for Cytotec to help dilate your cervix, which will make the procedure easier to perform.  We recommend you take cytotec 4-6 hours before your appointment.  This medication may cause mild cramping or diarrhea.  Make sure you eat on the day of your appointment, & we recommend you pre-medicate with 400 mg or 2 tablets of Motrin or another over-the-counter pain medication shortly before the SIS procedure. Some patients may experience mild cramping or may feel light headed following the procedure. Most women are able to return to school or work immediately after the procedure.

COLPOSCOPY

Colposcopy is a procedure which uses a special microscope to magnify the appearance of the cervix and provides a physician improved visualization of the size and location of abnormal cells or abnormal areas. During the procedure, the physician may remove a small piece of tissue from the cervix or vagina to be later examined by a pathologist. If a biopsy is taken, the physician may apply a yellow-brown solution to your cervix, which acts as a liquid bandage. Colposcopy helps determine what treatment, if any, might be needed as follow-up to abnormal cervical cancer screening tests (pap smear or HPV testing) or abnormal areas of the cervix, vagina, or vulva seen on exam. Plan your appointment for a time when you are not menstruating. Do not arrive on an empty stomach and do not take any medication to prevent blood clots before the procedure (warfarin or heparin). Pre-medicate with Motrin or another over-the-counter pain medication shortly before the colposcopy procedure. Some patients may experience mild cramping or may feel light headed following the procedure. Most women are able to return to school or work immediately after the procedure. Do not place anything in the vagina (tampons or creams) and do not have sex for at least one week after the procedure if any biopsies were taken. Biopsy results are usually available within 14 days.

INTRAUTERINE DEVICE

An intrauterine device (IUD) is placed by a physician or nurse practitioner through the vagina and cervix, into the uterus. Most are made of flexible plastic and have a string that you may feel in the vagina. Patients who are not breast feeding may be prescribed an oral pill called Cytotec, which can be taken 6-8 hours before the procedure to help dilate the cervix. Do not arrive on an empty stomach, and pre-medicate with Motrin or another over-the-counter pain medication shortly before the IUD procedure. Some patients may experience mild cramping or may feel light headed following the procedure. Most women are able to return to school or work immediately after the procedure.

NEXPLANON (previously Implanon)

The Nexplanon is a single-rod device the size of a match stick, which is placed by a physician under the skin of the upper arm. Injection with local anesthetic injection is performed in the non-dominant upper arm before the Nexplanon is quickly placed & covered with a bandage. Most women are able to return to school or work immediately after the procedure.

DUAL ENERGY X-RAY ABSORPTIOMETRY (DEXA Scan)

Dual energy X-Ray absorptiometry (Dexa scan) is a specialized kind of X-ray that provides precise measurements of bone density at important bone sites (spine, hip, & femur) with minimal radiation and no discomfort. The test involves lying on an exam table for about five - ten minutes. Women are able to return to school or work immediately after the procedure.

To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment, please call our main office at (404) 255-3633. You may also use our online Request an Appointment form.