A gynecologist is a trained and certified physician who specializes in the female reproductive system. In addition to providing female reproductive or gynecologic treatments, gynecologists are often trained and specialized in obstetrics, which defines a physician who is in care of a woman undergoing pregnancy and childbirth. The doctors who have undergone obstetrics and gynecology schooling receive training in not only obstetrics and gynecology but neonatal intensive care, emergency medicine, internal medicine, and depending on specialization, gynecological and oncology, GYN urology, reproductive endocrinology, and reproductive genetics.
Maternal and fetal medicine that focuses on the overall health care and wellness of both mother and child are the focus of obstetricians, while a gynecologist is able to treat pregnant as well as non-pregnant women with a specialized focus on urinary and female reproductive organs and system development and function.
Women visiting their gynecologist for regular and routine exams may experience a number of issues including:
Other common conditions that women are often diagnosed with include:
Some of the most common treatments performed in the gynecology field include but are not limited to:
A few of the most common gynecology surgical procedures performed by gynecologists include:
Cost for gynecology treatments and surgical procedures depends on where the surgery is performed. Some gynecology treatments and procedures can be performed on an outpatient basis while others require hospitalization. The trend for gynecology surgery today is through laparoscopic approaches. For example, a laparoscopic hysterectomy in the United States may cost between $11,000 and $20,000, depending on the surgical approach and whether the underlying conditions are being treated. In the United States, ovary surgery costs about $10,000. International medical facilities such as those found in Turkey, Thailand, and India might save medical travelers between 40% and 75% on direct-care costs, and often include pricing for accommodations.
Gynecologists and gynecologic surgeons or pediatricians are required to undergo basic medical training in addition to 2 to 4 years of postgraduate training in gynecology obstetrics or gynecology, also known as OB/GYN. Training focuses on immediate and direct patient care. After training and residency, physicians are able to sit for exams for certification.
Members of gynecologic and obstetrical professional and surgical associations and organizations are required to maintain their professional standing, obtain a lifelong learning and self-assessment education, complete cognitive expertise through examinations and licensing, and undergo periodic evaluation for performance in practice.
Accredited and certified surgeons should belong to associations or other similar organizations or boards in the surgeon’s country of origin. Always verify the education, training, and experience of any surgeon who may perform surgery and make sure they are licensed to practice in the facility of your choice.
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