Local ob/gyn doctors offer full range of servicesIt’s good to know that when it comes to women’s health, there are doctors right here in Hudson who have it covered. Doctors Jon Susa, Aimee Young and Denny Hartung provide a long list of services at Hudson Physicians located on the campus of Hudson Hospital.
By: Meg Heaton, Hudson Star-Observer
It’s good to know that when it comes to women’s health, there are doctors right here in Hudson who have it covered.
Doctors Jon Susa, Aimee Young and Denny Hartung provide a long list of services at Hudson Physicians located on the campus of Hudson Hospital. That list includes everything from routine gynecological services for adults and adolescents to 3D ultrasound to new outpatient sterilization services. (See attached PDF file list with this story)
Susa says he and his colleagues offer a broad spectrum of obstetric and gynecological services locally, many of which weren’t available in Hudson in years past. That includes vaginal births after C-sections, the management of high-risk pregnancies up to 35 weeks as well as infertility issues and birth control options.
Beyond pregnancy and childbirth, the doctors want women in the community to know that there is help available for most of the common problems women face all along the age spectrum.
One problem many women deal with as they age is incontinence. Young says they offer special screening to diagnose the problem and a variety of options for treatment including medication and surgery. “There is really no reason women have to suffer from incontinence anymore and the treatments available are very effective.”
The most common complaint is “stress incontinence” and there are excellent, minimally invasive procedures that can benefit most women living with the condition. “It can be treated with a procedure in a doctor’s office and the results can be life-changing for women suffering from the problem,” said Dr. Young.
As for symptoms due to menopause, the doctors say that there is better understanding of the risks and benefits of hormone treatment. With their help, the doctors say they evaluate the risks versus the benefits of a variety of options for their patients in treatment of things like irregular and heavy bleeding, anemia, fatigue and insomnia, hot flashes and vaginal dryness.
When it comes to young women, the doctors say it makes sense to continue to see their family physician for general care. Once a young woman becomes sexually active or if she experiences some specific problem, for example, painful menstrual periods, it is a good idea to see a gynecologist.
Hartung says sometimes it is as simple as talking for young patients. “The issues are new and they might not know what to expect or what is normal. There can be a lot of anxiety and talking helps.” And Wisconsin is one of the states where young women under the age of 18 can seek medical care for a variety of conditions including pregnancy, birth control and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases without parental permission.
The doctors say there is specific help for those young women who are experiencing severe and chronic pain during their menstrual cycles. “For those girls or women who have cramps that are so severe they miss school or work, there are things we can do to help,” said Dr. Young. Young women should also seek medical advice if they are not getting a period.
The doctors also encourage young women up to age 26 to get the HPV vaccination which can help prevent cervical cancer.
H1N1 and pregnancy
When asked about the special risk the H1N1 virus presents to pregnant women, the doctors say that because a woman’s immune system is suppressed while she is pregnant, she is more susceptible to the virus. Pregnancy can also affect a woman’s breathing in the late stages, a problem complicated by the virus.
“This strain of flu is also more virulent and anyone whose immune system is compromised is at a greater risk. We are advising our pregnant patients to get the vaccine as soon as possible,” said Dr. Young.
The doctors said they weren’t able to comment on the current debate on healthcare in the country because the details of a national health plan are not available. What they would say is that regardless of the kind of insurance their patients have, they make every effort to deliver the best care possible.
Dr. Susa summed up how he and his colleagues approach their job. “As doctors we don’t focus on insurance. Our concern is with our patients. That goes for every doctor in the clinic. Our primary role is to advocate for our patients and provide them with the best care available. Of course cost is a concern but we try to take a common sense approach when it comes to tests and treatment. There are lots of issues but no matter what they are, the patient comes first here.”
For more information about the services provided at Hudson Physicians call (715)531-6800 or go to at www.hudsonphysicians.com.