Cryocautery is a procedure used to treat abnormal cervical cells. This procedure is used solely for treatment after abnormal cells have been confirmed. It uses cool gas (nitrous oxide) to freeze the abnormal cells, causing these cells to die. The procedure is performed in our office and is generally well tolerated.
What is an OB pre-pay, and what is included?
Due to the rising costs of healthcare, we attempt to calculate the amount that we expect you will owe once your pregnancy is billed to insurance. This amount, in most cases, is based on a patient’s coinsurance and not on their deductible unless there is a particularly high deductible involved. We ask that this portion be paid in advance of delivery to help reduce the financial burden on our patients post delivery. This pre-pay is only based on the global fee for pregnancy and does not include services billed separately by our offices or the hospital where you deliver. Separately billed services will be billed along the way, and you be asked to pay those balances in addition to the pre-pay. Any portion you may owe above and beyond your pre-pay will be billed to you once we’ve heard back from your insurance. Since we aren’t calculating most pre-pays based on deductibles, if your deductible has not been met by the time you deliver, you should expect to receive a bill.
What are fibroids?
Often referred to as uterine fibroids, these non-cancerous growths can develop on the inside and outside of a women’s uterus. They develop from normal uterus muscle cells that grow abnormally to form benign tumors. At present, no one really understands what causes fibroids to grow, but their growth is linked to estrogen. A woman can develop fibroids after puberty has passed, but fibroids generally affect more women after the age of 30. Fibroids begin to shrink after menopause as the estrogen levels fall.
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.
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