Gynecology is a specialty area of medicine concerned with the female reproductive system and is closely allied with obstetrics, the care of women during pregnancy and childbirth. Jennifer Hutchison, MD, of Sunflower Women's Health Care in Tucson, Arizona, is an experienced OB/GYN who provides outstanding gynecologic care to her patients along with the most advanced surgical techniques, including robotic-assisted surgery. Call the office today to find out more, or book an appointment online.
Gynecology is a medical specialty that focuses on the female reproductive system, which consists of the:
Because the urinary tract and bowel are so close to the reproductive organs, gynecologists frequently treat conditions affecting these systems as well.
Gynecology and obstetrics are closely related, as they both focus on the female reproductive system. Gynecology covers problems affecting the reproductive organs, whereas obstetrics focuses on pregnancy and childbirth.
Doctors who train as gynecologists, like Dr. Hutchison, normally follow a joint obstetrics and gynecology training program, qualifying as both an obstetrician and a gynecologist (OB/GYN). While some OB/GYNs continue to provide both obstetric and gynecological services, others choose to specialize in one or the other.
OB/GYNs may also choose a specific subspecialty, such as reproductive endocrinology and female infertility, or gynecological oncology (focusing on cancer). Some OB/GYNs specialize in surgery, such as female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, to help women who have urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse.
Your first contact with a gynecologist is considered “screening,” where you visit Dr. Hutchison at Sunflower Women’s Health Care each year for a well-woman exam. Checking your general health and undergoing a pelvic exam and Pap smear are all vital ways to safeguard yourself against serious conditions like cancer and STDs (sexually transmitted diseases).
Gynecology encompasses the full spectrum of conditions and diseases affecting the reproductive system, from problems relating to menstruation and menopause to infections and diseases such as:
In addition, gynecology covers birth control and fertility issues, helping women to manage their reproduction and choose when they’re ready to conceive.
Dr. Hutchison also performs state-of-the-art gynecologic surgery, using minimally invasive techniques wherever possible to optimize outcomes for patients. Examples include:
At Sunflower Women’s Health Care. Dr. Hutchison uses advanced robotic-assisted laparoscopic techniques to further improve precision and patient comfort. To find out more about robotic surgery or any other services, call the office today or book an appointment online.