Obstetrics at Gunnison Valley Health in Colorado
Our women's health services at Gunnison Valley Health center around
patients. We've worked to build the most complete care center possible
in order to serve clients in the Gunnison Valley. In this way, our patients
do not have to go far in order to have access to the quality healthcare
they need and deserve. For more information about the services offered
at our Gunnison Valley hospital, please contact our office today.
What Does an Obstetrician Do?
Obstetrics is the branch of medicine that deals directly with pregnancy
and childbirth. Our women's health services offer obstetrics services.
We staff obstetricians Sherry Niccoli, M.D., FACOG and Timothy D. Bonney,
M.D., FACOG. Both of these professionals are trusted and experienced,
and board certified by the American Board of Obstetricians & Gynecologists.
An obstetrician may perform various procedures and services including but
not limited to:
Ultrasound & Monitoring - The obstetrician will conduct regular ultrasounds with the mother to
ensure that the child is developing normally.
Delivery - In a normal birth, the obstetrician will assist the mother in delivery,
monitoring both mother and child throughout.
Episiotomy - An obstetrician may help the mother by expanding the birth canal with
strategically placed cuts over the perineum.
C-Section - A Caesarean or C-section procedure is the surgical removal of the baby,
and is sometimes necessary in instances where a natural delivery would
be dangerous to mother or child.
Assisted Delivery - A prolonged delivery may call for assisting services such as forceps
delivery and vacuum assistance.
External Cephalic Version (ECV) - In some cases, when the baby is not in the proper birthing position,
the obstetrician may help the baby get in position using outside manipulation
3D Tomosynthesis Mammography
Mammography is an X-ray test of the breasts (mammary glands) used to screen
for breast problems. A mammogram is conducted to help screen for or to
diagnose breast cancer. Many small tumors can be seen on a mammogram before
they can be felt by a woman or her health care professional.
Cancer is most easily treated and cured when it is discovered at an early
stage. While mammograms do not prevent breast cancer or reduce a woman’s
risk of developing cancer, regular mammograms can reduce a woman’s
risk of dying from breast cancer by detecting a tumor when it is at a
more treatable stage.
3D Tomosynthesis is the latest in breast imaging technology. By taking
multiple images of breast tissue to recreate a 3D picture, tumors and
cancer clusters can be more readily identified, especially in dense breast
tissue. Funding for our 3D Tomosynthesis machine was generously donated by
Cattlemen's Days Tough Enough to Wear Pink.
We also offer breast ultrasound and breast biopsy for those who need a
more in depth screening or further breast care.
2D vs. 3D Mammography Exams
The Genius 3D Mammography exam allows our team of professionals to examine
your breast tissue layer by layer. So, instead of viewing all of the complexities
of your breast tissue in a flat image, as with conventional 2D mamography,
fine details are more visible and no longer hidden by the tissue above
or below. the Genius exam consists of a 2D and 3D image set, where the
2D image can be either an acquired 2D image or a 2D image generated from
the 3D image set.
What to Expect During your Exam
The process of a 3D Mammography exam is the same as your conventional 2D
exam. The technologist will position you, compress your breast, and take
images from different angles. There is no additional compression required
with 3D Mammography exam, and it only takes a few extra seconds for an
exam, proven to be more accurate.
Contact Gunnison Valley Health
today to learn more about our women's health services or to schedule
an appointment. For additional information about family planning please contact
Gunnison County Public Health at 970-641-0209.