A well-woman visit — sometimes called an “annual physical” — is a yearly checkup with your gynecologist to talk about your health and to get preventive screenings. In general, at a well-woman visit, you:
It’s a good time to bring up any health concerns you have or to ask any questions about your body. Dr. Brodnik and his staff provide an open and non-judgmental environment and want to make sure you feel as comfortable as possible.
Pap tests — also called “Pap smears” — are sometimes part of your well-woman visit but are sometimes scheduled separately. It’s a test that checks for abnormal cells on your cervix that could lead to cervical cancer. During the test, Dr. Brodnik inserts a tool called a speculum into your vagina to open up the vaginal walls. He then goes in with a tiny spatula or brush to collect cells from your cervix, which are sent to a lab. The whole procedure takes only a few minutes, and you shouldn’t feel any pain, only a little discomfort or pressure from the speculum.
Aside from a Pap test, there are many other gynecological procedures offered by Dr. Brodnik and his staff. All of the following procedures take place in the office at Bluefield Women’s Center, so there’s no need to go to the hospital:
When you receive an abnormal Pap test, Dr. Brodnik may recommend a colposcopy, which allows him to more closely look at your cervix to see if the cells are precancerous.
If Dr. Brodnik finds abnormal cells during your colposcopy, he may do a LEEP procedure, in which he uses a small electrical wire to remove the cells from your cervix.
If Dr. Brodnik needs to look inside your uterus, he may perform a hysteroscopy, in which he uses a thin, lighted tube to examine the lining of your uterus.
If you have heavy menstrual bleeding, Dr. Brodnik may recommend endometrial ablation, a procedure that removes your uterine lining.
Dr. Brodnik and his staff also provide prenatal and postnatal care, menopause management and hormone replacement therapy, as well as weight loss counseling and other wellness services. To make an appointment, call the office or book an appointment online.
Feel free to email us regarding any scheduling or general questions!