A Full Range of Care
Designed Just for Women
As a woman, your healthcare needs are complex and
ever-changing throughout your life. That is why Ingalls
offers services with you and your lifestyle in mind.
Recently named a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, the Richard K. Desser,
M.D., Comprehensive Breast Center offers the most complete breast care
anywhere. Whether you need a mammogram, a biopsy or treatment for breast
cancer, our team is standing by. Our specially trained nurse navigator answers
questions, as well as educates and assists patients in every aspect of their
care – from diagnosis through treatment. The Desser Center team also includes
experienced, specially trained radiologists who understand your particular
concerns, and have passed stringent standards for performing and interpreting
mammograms, ultrasound, MRI and other diagnostic tests.
If varicose veins are causing you pain, Ingalls offers a minimally invasive
outpatient treatment called laser vein ablation that uses radiofrequency
energy to treat problem veins. Quick and effective, laser vein ablation is a vast
improvement over the traditional option of vein stripping and ligation surgery
that was often painful and required up to six weeks of recovery. After the
procedure, a patient can literally walk out of the office and resume normal
activities within 24 hours. Laser vein ablation boasts a 95 percent success rate.
Vein mapping helps determine if you are a candidate for laser vein ablation.
An estimated 10 million Americans have osteoporosis,
a serious condition marked by thinning bones that
can result in severe pain and bone fractures. For some
people affected by osteoporosis, performing simple tasks
can cause a bone to break. Unfortunately, in most cases,
the first symptom of osteoporosis is a broken bone.
Risk factors for osteoporosis include aging, being
female, low body weight, low sex hormone levels during
menopause, smoking, and some medications, including
steroids. Both prevention and treatment of osteoporosis
can include getting adequate amounts of calcium and
vitamin D, regular exercise, and taking osteoporosis
medications, if needed.
Bone-density testing, also called bone densitometry,
uses special technology called dual energy X-ray
absorptiometry (DXA) to measure bone density in the
hip, spine and/or other bones, and diagnose low bone
mass. The test itself usually takes less than 15 minutes
and is both non-invasive and painless. Results from a
bone-density test will show if you have a greater risk of
breaking a bone.
For your convenience, Ingalls offers bone-density testing
at the main hospital campus in Harvey and at the Ingalls
Family Care Centers in Calumet City, Flossmoor and
Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) relieves the
unpleasant symptoms of uterine fibroids while allowing
you to avoid surgery. During a UFE procedure, Ingalls
interventional radiologists use an X-ray camera to guide
the delivery of tiny particles to the uterus and fibroids.
Injected through a thin, flexible catheter, these tiny
particles block the arteries that provide blood flow to the
tumors, causing the fibroids to shrink. Nearly 90 percent
of women with fibroids experience dramatic symptom
relief. Benefits of UFE include no surgical incision, little
or no blood loss, significantly less pain, a faster recovery
and a quicker return to normal activities.
The Ingalls Incontinence Treatment Program offers a
conservative, yet effective approach to solving bladder
and pelvic health problems that includes educational
resources, pelvic floor muscle exercises, and strategies
to manage discomfort. If your condition requires surgery,
Ingalls urology experts offer today’s most advanced
surgical techniques for stress incontinence including
the sling procedure and transurethral injection therapy.
A surgical option for urge incontinence involves the
placement of a device that acts as a pacemaker for the
bladder. Treatment depends on the type of problem you
have and your lifestyle.