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  • Gynecological Health
  • Breast Care
  • Imaging
  • Physical Rehabilitation
  • gynecological healthWe provide comprehensive, expert care for women in every stage of life. Our services include:

     Gynecologic Surgery

    Fibroids, excessive uterine bleeding and severe prolapse are examples of conditions that can require surgery. As with any life-changing operation, it's imperative that you explore all options with your healthcare provider to ensure hysterectomy is medically necessary. Typically, a hysterectomy is a required intervention in the case of several life-threatening conditions, which include:

    • Invasive cancer of the uterus, cervix, vagina, fallopian tubes or ovaries.
    • Unmanageable infection.
    • Unmanageable bleeding.
    • Serious complications during childbirth, such as a rupture of the uterus.

    We offer the full range of surgical options for a hysterectomy: vaginal, laparoscopic-assisted vaginal, abdominal and total laparoscopic hysterectomy. Although there are several options for rapid recovery, it's important to understand that the least invasive may not be the best choice for you.

    The procedure you and your doctor choose should be dictated by the underlying condition being treated, your medical history and your pelvic anatomy. Every patient is different in terms of recovery and specific types of surgery he or she requires.

    Hysterectomies may also need to be combined with reconstruction procedures for urinary incontinence from prolapsed pelvic relaxation, cancer or other circumstance. Many conditions, such as abnormal bleeding, can be managed without a hysterectomy.

    Endometrial ablation has become a widely held option to remove excess endometrial lining. Uterine fibroids, another common condition, can often be treated with medication, myomectomy (removal of the fibroid) and uterine artery embolization, rather than having to remove reproductive organs. Be sure to speak to your physician about your options if you are experiencing symptoms or have been diagnosed with any of the above conditions, as well as endometriosis or uterine prolapse, or if you have precancerous cells.

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  • breast careWe offer screening, diagnosis, education, support and treatment for women with breast cancer and other breast-related problems. We coordinate our services so you get the information that you need to make the best decision for you.

    You can come to us for mammograms, ultrasounds and biopsies. Our specialists have expertise in breast reconstruction, lumpectomy, mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, hormonal manipulation, biological therapies and other treatments.

  • mammogramDigital Mammography

    Have you scheduled your mammogram? The American Cancer Society recommends women over 40 get a mammogram every year. Same-day appointments are available at St. Francis Health Services in Chaska and Savage, and in Shakopee at the hospital. To schedule, call 952.428.2151.

    A digital mammogram is similar to a traditional film screen mammogram. Both use x-rays to generate images of the breast. However, instead of using film to capture and record the image, a digital mammogram uses a special detector to capture and convert x-ray energy into a digital image, making the images immediately available to the radiologist for analysis. The benefit to patients is that there is no waiting for film to be developed, reducing the time patients spend at St. Francis, as well as reducing the need for repeat exams due to under- or overexposure.

    Bone Density

    Testing your bone health is important. The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends that all women over age 65 and postmenopausal women with at least one risk factor for osteoporosis undergo a bone density test. Results from bone density tests are used to diagnose osteopenia and osteoporosis. The bone density test will provide total body bone health assessment. Contact your provider for a referral.

    3-D Ultrasound

    The Diagnostic Imaging Department is pleased to offer 3-D nondiagnostic ultrasounds to patients for keepsake fetal portraits. You must first have a 20-week fetal anatomy survey done at St. Francis or Park Nicollet–Shakopee before the 3-D ultrasound can be performed.

    The 30- to 45-minute exam includes:

    • 2-D images (typical ultrasound images).
    • 3-D images.
    • Short video clips.
    • Views of feet and legs, arms and hands, profile and face, gender, and movement.
    • Keepsake CD.

    The preferred gestational age for fetal portraits is between 27 and 32 weeks. At this stage, amniotic fluid levels are optimal and the fetus has adequate body fat and tissue.

    The quality of fetal portraits varies depending on many factors. If we are unable to acquire quality pictures of your baby, you may return for one additional session at no additional charge.

    Elective 3-D exams are self-pay, meaning they are not billable through insurance. We accept cash or credit card only—no checks. The cost of the exam is $200.

    Contact Us

    To schedule, call 952.428.2151. Appointments are available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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  • Womans health rehabOur women's health program is designed for any woman who is experiencing a decline in her physical or sexual function because of weakness or pain.

    Examples of conditions we treat include:

    • Muscular or joint impairment related to pregnancy or childbirth.
    • Back, tailbone or pubic pain.
    • Sciatica (tingling sensations).
    • Numbness of the arms or hands.
    • Separation of the abdominal muscles.
    • Pelvic floor muscle tension or pain.
    • Postsurgical abdominal or pelvic pain.
    • Incontinence.
    • Pelvic floor weakness.
    • Muscular or joint impairment related to child care activities or menopause.
    • Lymphedema.

    We use a variety of therapy techniques and exercises to treat these problems. These methods include but are not limited to:

    • Manual therapy techniques to relax tight muscles and restore pelvic symmetry.
    • Therapeutic exercises to strengthen, stretch or retrain pelvic symmetry.
    • Treatments such as ultrasound or electrical stimulation for pain relief.
    • Biofeedback treatments to improve body awareness.
    • Education regarding posture, body mechanics, bladder and bowel health, general fitness, and pre- and postnatal fitness.
    • Use and fitting of support garments or orthotics.

    Contact Us

    952.428.2001

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