For nearly two decades, Dr. Chad Hill has served as the owner and physician at Siloam Springs Women’s Center, an obstetrics and gynecology clinic in Arkansas. In this capacity, Dr. Chad Hill provides patients with a wide range of services, including pap smears, IUDs, and loop electrosurgical excision procedures.
A loop electrosurgical excision procedure, or LEEP, is most often performed when abnormal cells are discovered during a pap smear, or vaginal or cervical problems are found during pelvic examinations. The procedure removes tissue and cells that may appear precancerous, meaning they are abnormal, but have not developed into cancer cells.
LEEP may also be performed to assist physicians with treating and diagnosing various conditions. These include polyps, genital warts, and diethylstilbestrol (DES) exposure, an event that increases the risk of reproductive system cancers. In addition to this, LEEP can help detect vaginal and cervical cancer.
The procedure is performed using a heated wire loop. Patients lay on an examining table with their feet elevated, and a physician opens the vaginal walls using a speculum. These initial steps are very similar to the steps required for a pap smear.
Once the vaginal walls are open, a local anesthetic is administered to numb the area around the cervix and the fine wire loop carefully removes abnormal tissue and cells from the lower genital tract. Physicians may subsequently apply a chemical to reduce bleeding in the area, and the removed tissue is tested at a lab.
Since 1998, Dr. Chad Hill has owned and operated the Siloam Springs Women’s Center in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. A practicing obstetrician and gynecologist at the clinic, Dr. Chad Hill has treated numerous cases of uterine fibroids.
More common than any other gynecological tumor, uterine fibroids affect 20 to 77 percent of women in their childbearing years. These numbers are so far apart because approximately 33 percent of fibroids are too small for physicians to detect in routine examinations, and many fibroids never cause symptoms.
Almost all fibroids are benign and do not increase a woman’s risk of developing cancer. Some fibroids, however, do cause significant pain and heavy or lengthy menstrual periods.
Uterine fibroids may also cause bleeding between periods, increased urinary frequency, and painful intercourse. For women whose fibroids are asymptomatic or minimally problematic, a physician may choose to watch the growths carefully and assess whether they will stop growing or shrink at menopause.
If symptoms are occasional, anti-inflammatory medications may be sufficient. If a patient is struggling with severe symptoms, however, the physician may choose to treat the fibroids with hormone-focused treatment or surgery.
Surgery may involve removal of the fibroids or of the uterus itself, depending on whether the patient wishes to have biological children. In some cases, a woman may be eligible for minimally invasive embolization of the fibroid, which interrupts blood supply and impedes tumor growth.
For nearly 20 years, Dr. Chad Hill has practiced as the director of Siloam Springs Women’s Center, an obstetrics and gynecology clinic in Arkansas. As an OB/GYN, Dr. Chad Hill provides medical care to women as they plan for pregnancy and prepare to deliver babies.
An important matter associated with pregnancy is nutrition. Depending on the patient, doctors may recommend new eating habits to ensure the baby receives sufficient nutrients, such as folic acid and iron. Other dietary suggestions for pregnant women include:
– Certain seafood. Selections like shrimp and salmon can be beneficial to the health of the baby, but limit portions to 12 ounces per week. Avoid swordfish, shark, and albacore tuna because of their high mercury content.
– Calcium. Physicians recommend a minimum of four milk product servings per day. Alternative sources of calcium include orange juice, tofu, and a number of vegetables, such as broccoli and brussels sprouts.
– Carbohydrates. Healthy pregnancies benefit from carbohydrates found in whole wheat bread and pasta. Oatmeal and brown rice are additional good sources.
An OB/GYN based in Arkansas, Dr. Chad Hill serves as the chief physician of the Siloam Springs Regional Hospital’s Obstetrics and Gynecology Department. Among his many responsibilities, Dr. Chad Hill delivers babies.
Experts have divided labor into three main stages. The initial stage, which marks the beginning of labor, is the longest part of the experience. Lasting anywhere from 12 to 20 hours, the stage ends when the pregnant mother’s cervix has fully dilated in preparation for delivery of the infant. Stage one is also characterized by contractions that gradually become more frequent and intense.
During stage two, a much shorter stage, the mother endeavors to push during contractions. This stage can last anywhere from a half hour to two hours. It ends with the successful delivery of the newborn infant.
During the third stage of labor, which takes up to a half hour, the mother expels the placenta. Experts consider this to be the end of the labor cycle.