SJEH Notes Recent Advances in OB/GYN
The Department of Ob stet rics and Gynecol ogy at St. John’s Epis copal Hos pital, South Shore, has made recent advances in the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and in the introduction of a lower risk alternative to hysterectomy for women who suffer from heavy menstrual periods.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Osteo porosis Currently, an estimated 10 million Americans suffer from osteoporosis and another 18 million more have low bone mass, putting them at risk for the pain and debilitation of fractures. Osteoporosis leads to 1.5 million fractures yearly, including 300,000 hip fractures, 20 percent of which lead to death within a year. Nearly one-half of all post-menopausal women, the largest group at high risk for osteoporosis, are affected by this disorder.
A New Alternative to Hys terectomy For women who feel their lives have been restricted by heavy bleeding during menstruation and whose choices for treatment have included waiting for menopause or having a hysterectomy, there is an alternative. Offered at St. John’s, en dometrial ablation is a same-day surgery, performed on an outpatient basis. With endometrial ablation there is a shorter recovery period, less need for general anesthesia, and fewer significant harmful side effects than traditional surgical treatment options. Pictured, S. Ghosh, MD, Chairman of Obstet rics/Gynecology, St. John’s Epis copal Hospital, South Shore.