Obstetrics and gynecology, abbreviated OB/GYN, are two medical specialties that manage the care of the female reproductive system. An obstetrician is a physician who has completed specialized education and training in the management of pregnancy, labor, and the time period after child birth.
A gynecologist is a physician who has completed specialized education and training in the health of the female reproductive system. This includes diagnosis and treatment of women's health disorders and diseases.
According to the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology there are many subspecialties in the OB/GYN practice of medicine including:
- Maternal Fetal Medicine
- Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility
- Urogynecology & Pelvic Surgery
McLaren Medical Group physicians are available in each of these subspecialties.
Gynecology is one of the areas of medicine that McLaren uses the assistance of robotics to perform surgeries.
Conditions including many uterine diseases, including cancer, fibroids, endometriosis & prolapse can all be treated using the minimally invasive robotic system available at most McLaren hospitals.
Traditionally, many conditions affecting the uterus are treated with hysterectomy - the surgical removal of the uterus. U.S. doctors perform about 600,000 hysterectomies every year, making it the second most common surgical procedure.
Hysterectomy may offer a life-saving treatment with serious conditions such as cancer or uncontrollable bleeding. In most cases, however, hysterectomy is an elective procedure performed to relieve chronic pain, bleeding or other disabling conditions. These may be caused to fibroids (noncancerous tumors); endometriosis (noncancerous growth of the uterine lining) or prolapse (falling or slipping of the uterus).
Choosing an Obstetrician, Family Practitioner or Midwife
Physicians specializing in obstetrics and gynecology provide quality care for mothers who are either new or experienced with the childbirth process. The OB/GYN specialists and Family Medicine physicians of McLaren Medical Group have decades of experience and are known for their compassionate and personal care.
Midwifery is a family-centered childbirth option available to you at McLaren. Our certified nurse midwives are educated in two disciplines, nursing and midwifery. Midwives serve as mentors and caregivers for women seeking active participation in the "normal, healthy process" of pregnancy and birth. McLaren Flint is the only medical center in the area to offer midwifery care.
To find a McLaren Medical Group OB/GYN or Nurse Midewife to fit your needs close to home, please click the link below.
Click here for a list of MMG OB/GYN physicians.