Ob/Gyn Dr. Jesse Ethridge will be online Tuesday, October 11, 2011, from 8 to 9 p.m. CST to answer your “girl talk” questions. Post your questions at any time. Check back Tuesday to ask a question while he is online.To ask a question, submit a comment on this page in the “Leave a Reply” box.A graduate of Mississippi State University, Dr. Ethridge earned his medical degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He then completed his internship and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Greenville Memorial Hospital in Greenville, SC.Board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, he is a member of the American Medical Association, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Mississippi State Medical Association, and the Jackson Gynecic Society. He and his wife have two daughters.
I was diagnosed with osteopenia and I know I need to be doing weight bearingexercises. Is the elliptical considered weight bearing? I have heard both yes andno. Of course, I am also taking Calcium with Vit D.
Kathy, Thank you for your question. Weight bearing exercises are best for improving osteopenia. However, elliptical is somewhat helpful as well. If you have a physical limitation that does not allow you to walk or run/jog, then elliptical may help you. I would encourage you to exercise 4-5 days a week and of course take your calcium with Vitamin D.
Dr. Ethridge: I had a hysterectomy earlier this year and feel fully recovered. But I’m a little worried that I’m leaking a little urine occasionally. Could a hysterectomy make me more prone to this?
I’m 37, at what age should I get a mammogram?Also, how often shod I go for am annual exam after a partialhysterectomy?Thanks in advance!
Thanks for participating in our online session. Your question is interesting. Most patients do not necessarily have leakage AFTER a hysterectomy BUT it can certainly occur. It sounds like this is currently a minor nuisance. Many people find improvement with Kegel exercises. If this is not successful or if the problem worsens, you can be cured with an outpatient procedure called a “sling”. This is very successful and usually is a permanent cure.
If you have NO family history of breast cancer, you should start mammograms no later than age 40. If you DO have a family history of breast cancer, your mammograms should begin by at least at 35 with a baseline mammogram to be used for future comparison. Of course if you find a breast lump or have any other breast problems, you should see your doctor immediately. Most breast cancers are found by the patient. As far as your other question, I would recommend an annual exam every year after a partial hysterectomy. When you come for your exam, your doctor will check MANY things such as weight, blood pressure, blood testing and cholesterol, etc. Also a pelvic exam will help detect any enlargement or problems with your ovaries.
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