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Obstetrics & Gynecology

Obstetrics and gynecology (often abbreviated to OB/GYN) are surgical-medical specialties that focus on a woman's reproductive system. Obstetrics and gynecology doctors at WakeMed Physician Practices - Women's Center offer services ranging from pelvic exams and Pap smears to check for cervical cancer to delivering babies to offering treatment strategies for menopause.  Our network also includes a specialty practice dedicated to Maternal Fetal Medicine for women with high risk pregnancies.

Where Can I Find an OB/Gyn Doctor?
Our practices offer an outstanding team of specialists in obstetrics and gynecology and maternal fetal medicine.
Our talented physicians include:

WakeMed Physician Practices 
Women's Center

Physicians Office Pavilion
WakeMed North Healthplex
10010 Falls of Neuse Road, Suite 205
Raleigh, NC 27614
Office: 919-350-1380
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WakeMed Physician Practices - Obstetrics/Gynecology
WakeMed Raleigh Campus
Andrews Center
3024 New Bern Avenue 
Raleigh, NC 27610
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WakeMed Physician Practices
Maternal Fetal Medicine

WakeMed Raleigh Campus
3000 New Bern Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27610 
919-350-6002
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Physicians Office Pavilion
WakeMed North Healthplex
10010 Falls of Neuse Road, Suite 302
Raleigh, NC 27614
Office: 919-235-6433
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What is a gynecologist?
A gynecologist is a doctor who has completed medical school and also received further training to special in issues regarding a woman's reproductive system (ovaries, uterus, vagina) and often in conditions affecting the urinary tract, such as infections or stress incontinence.

In addition to evaluating, recognizing and treating potential disease of the reproductive system, gynecologists are also trained in gynecological surgery, such as hysterectomies (removal of the uterus).

What is an obstetrician?
An obstetrician is a physician who delivers babies and is in the practice of obstetrics.

An obstetrician/gynecologist is a physician who both delivers babies and treats diseases of the female reproductive organs. OB-GYNs are called a variety of names, including obstetrics and gynecology doctors, obstetrics doctor, and gynecologist doctor. Pediatric gynecology focuses on teens.

If you are trying to find a gynecologist, look no further than the WakeMed Physician Practices' Women's Center, which offers personalized treatment for women of all ages. Specialties include:

  • Prenatal Counseling
  • Low- and High-Risk Pregnancies
  • Infertility
  • General Gynecological Health
  • Gynecological Surgeries, Including Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Pre-Menstrual Syndrome and Other Menstrual Problems
  • Endometriosis
  • Menopause
  • Urinary Incontinence

Who should see them?
Women who are 21 years old should see a gynecologist yearly to be evaluated for conditions like cervical cancer. Women under the age of 21 may choose to see a gynecologist for vaccinations (such as those that prevent viruses that cause cervical cancer) or for birth control. Women who are pregnant visit obstetricians regularly throughout their pregnancies to have their weight and blood checked to make sure their babies are developing in a healthy manner.

What do they do?
An obstetrics doctor or gynecologist doctor will conduct a number of tests and examinations to ensure your continued health or to catch any problems early. They will conduct exams such as a gynecologist exam, routine obstetrics exam, and gynecological surgery, and provide care including pediatric gynecology or adolescent gynecology, menopausal and geriatric gynecology, and family planning.

Training and Education
An obstetrics doctor or gynecologist doctor, or someone who practices both (OB/GYN) trains for several years after his or her four years of medical school. They must complete an OB/GYN residency program that is at least four years long in areas dealing with preconception health, pregnancy, labor and childbirth, postpartum care, genetics, genetic counseling and prenatal diagnosis.

Training in gynecology also covers women's general health, including care of reproductive organs, breasts and sexual function, along with management of hormonal disorders, treatment of infections, and training in surgery to correct or treat pelvic organ and urinary tract problems to include cancer of the reproductive organs.

The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology recognized four subspecialties in the field, which require additional training. They are:

  • Gynecologic Oncology (care of women with cancers of the reproductive system)
  • Maternal/Fetal Medicine (care of high-risk pregnancy)
  • Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (care of women who have hormonal or infertility problems)
  • Urogynecology/Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery (care of urinary tract dysfunction and disorders stemming from loss of support of pelvic structures)

 

 
 

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