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July 29th, 2013

Long Island Women’s Health Care Group: Total Care for Today’s Woman

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Filed under:  Profiles | Family Medicine | Women’s Health

Lydia Valderrama, MD, FACOG, obstetrician and gynecologist with Long Island Women’s Health Care Group holds a newborn infant in her arms. Thirty years ago, she held this little girl’s mother in the same way.

At Long Island Women’s Health Care Group, that’s not such an unusual picture. A long-standing member of the community, the practice is home to many such mother-child dyads.

“Delivering the children of women we helped bring into the world signifies a long-lasting, meaningful physician-patient relationship that has stood the test of time,” says Gary M. Levine, MD, FACOG, FACS, obstetrician and gynecologist with Long Island Women’s. “Our practice is half a century old. Now, we provide contemporary care to today’s woman on an individualized, personal basis.”

A Personal Approach in a Complex World

In the modern United States, health care is often fragmented. The OB/GYN physicians at Long Island Women’s are bucking that trend.

Lydia Valderrama, MD, FACOG
Lydia Valderrama, MD, FACOG, consults with a patient.

“I have some patients I first cared for in the 1980s,” says Dr. Valderrama. “As young women, they might have consulted me about birth control and sexually transmitted diseases. I cared for these women through their pregnancies; many of us have children the same age. Now, we share our children’s wedding albums and discuss concerns about menopause. We have a shared life cycle.”

With offices in Mineola, Syosset and New Hyde Park, Long Island Women’s offers convenient access to obstetric and gynecologic care throughout the community. An affiliation with Winthrop-University Hospital and long-standing referral relationships with other specialists in the community provide patients access to care for the most complex problems.

Introduction to Medical Care

Dr. Valderrama’s consults often embrace general health guidance and incorporate counseling regarding nutrition, smoking and seatbelt use when appropriate. Physicians at Long Island Women’s also provide relevant vaccinations, including those against human papillomavirus (HPV) and meningitis.

“Sixteen is a good age to begin a relationship with a gynecologist; however, any time a girl is having difficulties with menstruation or having relations with a boyfriend, she should see a women’s health physician,” Dr. Valderrama says. “A very young woman might not be ready for a physical examination, but we can begin having conversations about women’s health issues. My patients have my card, and they can call me confidentially any time.”

Screenings and Preventive Care

For pregnancy prevention, Long Island Women’s offers oral contraceptives, intrauterine devices and the NuvaRing. In addition, patients also receive the best in screenings and treatment for gynecological problems. Regular Pap smears and HPV testing can help identify pre-cancerous cells, as well as cervical cancer.

Gary M. Levine, MD, FACOG
Gary M. Levine, MD, FACOG, FACS, reviews a patient’s record.

“We use colposcopy to evaluate the degree of abnormality,” Dr. Levine says. “We take cell samples from the cervix, which are sent to a pathologist for evaluation. Depending on the findings, we can perform many follow-up treatments in the office, such as cryosurgery.”

If women require more extensive procedures, including laparoscopic and robotic surgery, Long Island Women’s physicians perform surgery at Winthrop-University Hospital. The practice’s physicians also treat menorrhagia — heavy menstrual bleeding — for which cryoablation may be performed in-office. This procedure takes only about 30 minutes.

For women experiencing menopause, Long Island Women’s physicians offer a variety of medical and non-medical solutions, such as hormone therapy and dietary suggestions, respectively. These patients may also benefit from bone density scans, which indicate whether a woman might be suffering from osteopenia or osteoporosis.

Melanie Jackson, MPA
Melanie Jackson, MPA, reviews a patient’s test results.

“Depending on the results of the bone density scan, we can provide many treatments,” Dr. Levine says. “Some women need only take calcium and vitamin D. For others with more advanced bone loss, we offer in-office Reclast treatments to build bone density. In our experience, most patients only need one of these 15–20 minute intravenous infusions of Reclast to correct the problem. Following the initial infusion, we monitor patients with further bone density scans.”

Urodynamic evaluation, another service offered at Long Island Women’s, helps physicians diagnose incontinence issues in women older than 50, Dr. Valderrama says.

“Based on the results, we can help women improve bladder function in noninvasive ways, including exercises and dietary changes,” she explains. “We also offer surgical options when appropriate.”

What Makes Today’s Women’s Health Needs Unique?

“Women are waiting longer to have children, which means their family-planning needs have evolved. Also, later pregnancies are more likely to result in complications, or women may find it more difficult to become pregnant. Physicians need to treat each patient as an individual, taking her life circumstances into account, and be as attentive and personal as possible.”
— Gary M. Levine, MD, FACOG, FACS

“Both older and younger women are relying on their gynecologists to be their primary care providers. They need general healthcare guidance in terms of lifestyle, nutrition, vaccinations and a host of other concerns. Just like any other primary care provider, a good gynecologist builds a long-term, trusting relationship with his or her patients.”
— Lydia Valderrama, MD, FACOG

“In today’s world, people are in too much of a hurry and don’t always listen to each other. Women need a physician who will truly listen to their complaints in depth and take action to resolve them.”
— Scott Nodelman, MD, FACOG

Gynecologic and Obstetric Care

When women are ready to start a family, some conceive easily, while others require medical assistance. Long Island Women’s offers infertility evaluations, including a sperm count analysis of a woman’s male partner. Physicians at Long Island Women’s have trusted referral partners for patients seeking services related to male infertility treatment or in-vitro fertilization.

When a woman does become pregnant, physicians with Long Island Women’s help her through all aspects of her pregnancy. To ensure the baby is as healthy as possible, non-stress testing and sonograms are available on the premises, Dr. Levine says. In the case of high-risk pregnancies, Long Island Women’s physicians consult with specialists at Winthrop-University Hospital while remaining the mother’s primary contact and point of care. Childbirth classes for expectant mothers, held in the Mineola office and led by nurses from the labor and delivery department at Winthrop-University Hospital, offer new parents insights about natural childbirth techniques, pain management options and monitoring during labor.

“Patients also tour the birthing center at Winthrop-University Hospital,” Dr. Levine says. “It is a beautiful facility.”

Dealing with Infections Early

According to Scott Nodelman, MD, FACOG, obstetrician and gynecologist with Long Island Women’s, many women and some providers may overlook infections. Ranging from yeast infections and bacterial vaginitis to sexually transmitted infections, these medical issues can be detrimental to women’s health and quality of life, he says.

Scott Nodelman, MD, FACOG
Scott Nodelman, MD, FACOG, joined by his medical assistant, delivers good news to a patient.

“Infections can interfere with sports and exercise, make sexual relations difficult or impossible, and prove a source of continual annoyance for women,” Dr. Nodelman says. “Left untreated, infections can become chronic and have a major impact on women’s lives.”

At Long Island Women’s, providers use holistic as well as medical treatments for infections.

“When treating yeast infections, I like to include remedies such as gentian violet, which can be applied painlessly in the office setting,” Dr. Nodelman says. “We also use boric acid. Additionally, we suggest acidophilus and probiotics to prevent recurrence.”

Although Dr. Nodelman actively tries to raise awareness about natural remedies for many common infections, he emphasizes that these conditions still need to be diagnosed and treated by a gynecologist.

“We have the clinical experience to identify sexually transmitted diseases and other potentially dangerous conditions,” he says. “Also, we have technology for testing and diagnosis, including DNA probe testing, which is beneficial for identifying conditions such as chlamydia and gonorrhea.”

Jessica Ventimiglia, MD
Jessica Ventimiglia, MD, FACOG, examines a newly pregnant patient.

Additional Services

While gynecologic health is at the center of Long Island Women’s physicians’ practice, they also offer their patients lifestyle services. The Medifast 5 in 1 Plan features meal replacements for weight loss, while BOTOX Cosmetic and Zerona laser body-contouring treatments help women look, as well as feel, their best. Many patients find it comforting to embark upon the personal challenge of weight loss and attain lifestyle goals all in one familiar setting.

“We provide exceptional care to the best of our ability,” Dr. Valderrama says. “We love what we do.”

April 1st, 2013

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