An accomplished obstetrician and gynecologist, Dr. Chad Hill earned his doctor of medicine and master of arts in microbiology from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and serves as the director of Siloam Springs Women’s Center, where he is also the chief physician. Dr. Chad Hill is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Treating sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) is an unfortunate but necessary reality that OB/GYNs have to deal with in modern medicine. That’s why the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), is funding a fellowship that will help doctors become better prepared to prevent and treat STDs (especially HIV).
The three-year position was dubbed the Larry Gilstrap, MD, Fellowship and will see doctors work at the CDC for 12 months of the program. Both the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the CDC believe this fellowship will lead to greater awareness among physicians regarding advances in STD treatment and education, which will, in turn, be of great benefit to their patients.
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.