As a Columbus ObGyn, most of the care we provide on an urgent basis typically involves pregnancy or childbirth. For gynecologic problems, we usually provide medical treatment during an office visit or surgery- if necessary – at a preplanned time in the future.
But this isn’t always the case. Certain gynecological conditions represent true emergencies, requiring immediate treatment to prevent long-term consequences or even loss of life. Your Columbus ObGyn Dr. Otto Umana wants his patients to be aware of the signs of these more urgent problems.
Gynecologic problems usually manifest themselves with pain and/or abnormal bleeding. The fact is that most women who have experienced these symptoms at one time or another didn’t view them as an emergency.
But how can you know when urgent care is required? Consider these factors:
- Could you be pregnant? Bleeding or pain requires immediate attention by your Columbus ObGyn if there is a possibility of pregnancy.
- Have you had recent surgery or given birth?
- Is your pain considerably more intense than your normal menstrual cramps or significantly different from what you have experienced in the past?
- Did the pain come about suddenly?
- Are you experiencing extremely heavy bleeding?
- Are you suffering from other significant symptoms such as fever, shortness of breath, dizziness or fainting?
- Is there an area on either leg that is swollen, tender, red, or warm to the touch, especially after surgery or childbirth?
According to your Columbus ObGyn, some examples of urgent problems include:
- If a pregnancy implants inside the fallopian tube, rather than in the uterus (ectopic pregnancy), this serious condition requires treatment immediately.
- In most cases a ruptured and bleeding ovarian cyst is not an emergency, but it’s possible for a ruptured cyst to result in excessive internal bleeding requiring surgical treatment.
- A twisted ovary and fallopian tube may require immediate surgery to preserve the ovary.
- Although rare, a major bleeding episode (hemorrhage) can occur several days after you have left the hospital.
- Infection of the pelvic organs requires prompt treatment by your Columbus ObGyn to reduce the risk of loss of fertility.
- A blood clot in the leg can move to a vital organ and become immediately life-threatening.
- Abdominal pain can also be caused by urgent non-gynecologic problems – such as appendicitis – for which we would refer you to the appropriate specialty.
For more information or to schedule an appointment to address any gynecological problems you might have, call our office today to schedule an appointment.