Women’s Health – Parkland Medical Center

Women’s Health – Parkland Medical Center


[James] Good afternoon we’re here
at Parkland Medical Center and today we’re joined
by Dr. Thomas Antisdel from Women’s Health Associates of Derry and The Family Birthing Center
at Parkland Medical Center. So thank you so much for joining us today. [Dr. Antisdel] Sure, nice to be here. [James] I’d like to remind our Facebook audience to please leave any comments or questions and we’ll answer those
during this discussion and/or we can follow up afterwards. But Dr. Antisdel I know you’re part of Women’s
Health Associates of Derry. Can you tell us about the age categories that you guys are treating,
what are the brackets, and what are some of
the resources available for those patients? [Dr. Antisdel] We basically see everyone
from say the age of about 15 to 90. There’s three practitioners
here in this office. Two men, one female. We can take care of most things that are out there related to OBGYN. We have surgeons here, we
do traditional surgery. We have people that do robotic surgery. So we offer a lot of
different benefits here. [James] And you were saying the younger ages, that 15 to 18 most of those
are seeing pediatricians. What’s the transition
from the pediatrician and really what should those families be looking for in that OB care? [Dr. Antisdel] Typically we’ll offer
birth control services for people that would like birth control. They don’t necessarily have
to have examinations nowadays we can obtain cultures from urine cultures and screening from that way. So typically there’s no
pap smears recommended until they’re 21. But we would be happy to
see any of those people or they can stay with their
pediatrician until they’re 21. [James] Okay. And as the patients are progressing, what are some of the
more common procedures? You’ve got probably the regular testing but can you share with our
audience kinda what we’re doing for that regular maintenance? If you will. [Dr. Antisdel] The routine screening hasn’t
really changed over the years. Pap smear intervals have change over time. Mammograms are still offered for patients. They’ve just changed the intervals for the different testing for patients. [James] Okay and how ’bout some of
the more uncommon procedures? Like the ablations and… [Dr. Antisdel] For people that have issues
with very heavy periods there’s lots of different alternatives now which I think are very good for patients. They have IUDs which are
available for patients, and they also have ablations for the people that have — no longer want to have any children
they can have tubal ligations and endometrial ablations these
are outpatient procedures. We do them here. They work really well. They have a 85% success rate. So instead of having a hysterectomy they can have an ablation, which really is a
benefit for patient care. [James] I’m sure those patients
are probably seeing return to work, return to lifestyles. Have you seen a big increase of doing those here in the office? [Dr. Antisdel] Well the procedure itself
is done in the hospital. But it’s a day surgery procedure where they come in in the morning, they have the surgery done
they go home that day. They can return to work within two days. But it’s a really, really
good benefit for patients and it really works well. [James] You mentioned the IUDs I know
were seeing a lot of things in the TVs with commercials and magazines. Can you explain to our audience kinda how that works with the IUDs? [Dr. Antisdel] There are several different
IUD products out there. The Mirena IUD which everyone
probably has heard about. That uses progesterone,
it’s good for five years. There’s the Skyla IUD which
is good for three years. And then there’s the Paragard IUD which uses no hormones
at all, it uses copper, and that one’s good for 10 years. And there’s really no
major complications anymore associated with IUDs so
it’s been a real benefit to a lot of patients for birth control as well as for controlling
their periods nowadays. [James] How ’bout for the
patient who’s on an IUD who all of a sudden says okay,
now I want to start a family? What do they do? [Dr. Antisdel] With IUDs it’s very, very simple. You remove the IUDs, they can
get pregnant whenever they want and again if they don’t want
children the IUDs work great. People do not typically
get pregnant on the IUD. [James] And talking about pregnancies let’s talk about the obstetrics
side here in the clinic. The patients coming on through and using the Family Birthing Center. Can you kinda walk us through the process of when that patient’s first coming on in right up to after delivery. [Dr. Antisdel] The office here has a very good office. We again, we have three
different providers we provide full obstetric
care, high risk pregnancies, the hospital is a great little hospital. They have very personalized nursing care. People will be very impressed, I think, with the quality of care. This hospital even though it’s small, it’s almost one on one nursing, which, you will not get
in any other big hospital. I strongly recommend at least
people taking a look at it. It’s anesthesia service is very good. It’s a very good hospital. I really enjoy practicing here and I’ve practiced at
lots of big hospitals and it’s actually very nice to be in a small community hospital. [James] And I know that one of
the things that we offer as a part of our Family
Birthing Center are tours. So somebody can come in and
do a tour of the facility as well as meet with you guys. Have you seen an easier
transition for the patients who are doing the tours
and making a decision as yes Parkland wants to be the place where I want to deliver my baby. [Dr. Antisdel] Again typically I think
the patients take the tour after they’ve already
come to this practice. They certainly can, I’m sure,
take the tour ahead of time. But I do encourage patients in this area to look at this hospital and not consider always
just the big hospitals. The small hospitals do
really have a lot to offer. We can take care of all the
different patients here. And it’s a very good service. [James] Great and I know that you all said you do all of your surgeries at Parkland. Can you tell me a little bit about working within that environment
with the anesthesiologist, I know that all of our
surgeons have first assists. Can you tell me how that
benefits you as a surgeon? [Dr. Antisdel] The surgery here is again similar to any other major city hospital that you may look at or go to. I have worked again at different hospitals and this hospital is very comparable. Anesthesia care here is very high quality as well as post-op nursing
care here is excellent. They do a really good job at this hospital taking care of patients and having very high
quality level of service. [James] Well this has been a great experience, talking with Dr. Antisdel. I highly encourage anybody out there to please visit Parklandmedicalcenter.com or to call Women’s Health
Associates in Derry and you can reach out to
Dr. Antisdel directly. We will follow up with all
questions and comments. So thank you very much
for joining us Facebook and thank you Dr. Antisdel. [Dr. Antisdel] You’re welcome, thank you.

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