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.

Breast Care

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.

Varicose Veins

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 Tinley Park.

Uterine Fibroids

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.

Urinary Incontinence

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.

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