OB/GYN of Indiana takes pride in being on the leading edge of medicine. Our physicians work with several academic institutions on a variety of research projects. Research in medicine is necessary in order to provide the most evidence based care.
Why is an endometrial biopsy necessary?
If a woman is having difficulty getting pregnant, her physician may perform this procedure to see whether a women’s lining can support a pregnancy. The biopsy can also be performed if a woman is experiencing abnormal or heavy bleeding, to check for an overgrowth of the lining called endometrial hyperplasia, or to check for cancer.
What is a biopsy?
A biopsy is a procedure that takes a sample of body tissue so that physicians can examine the tissue more closely. Biopsies are usually done to determine the existence of cancer. The most common biopsies are needle biopsies where a needle removes a small piece of tissue to be examined in a pathology lab. Biopsies can be done in a doctor’s office or at a hospital if more advanced imaging machines are needed. Sedation and pain-relief medications can be provided to reduce any discomfort you may have.
Why wasn’t I told there would be additional charges?
A physician’s primary objective is to provide their patients with quality healthcare. This may mean that they request additional tests or labs be performed to help diagnose or treat a condition or symptom. While we do make attempts to educate and prepare patients for financial impacts from their care, it is ultimately the patient’s responsibility to ask questions and understand their insurance benefits. If at any time a physician is recommending an additional test or service, the patient has the right to ask questions and decide if they can afford the cost and make arrangements before the service is rendered.
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