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Women's Services

 

As a woman, you juggle many demands on your time. You take care of everyone else – let us take care of you. We understand the complexities of your health concerns, whether you're having a baby, needing a mammogram, dealing with breast cancer, facing the change of life or coping with bladder issues. Our specialty caregivers provide personalized care, paying special attention to your needs, comfort and privacy.

 

Services

 

Women's health resources

  • Bone density screenings
  • Breast biopsy
  • Breast cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Heart health

 

Other Services and Locations Conveniently Serving You in Two Locations

Services

    Helping you Find Answers Quickly

    Whether you found a lump as result of breast self-exam, mammogram or physician’s clinical exam, the sense of urgency remains the same. You want answers and test results quickly with few delays. That’s why we developed Breast Lifecare. Our radiologists and surgeons work as a team to provide as much information as possible in as few visits as possible to minimize the stress caused by multiple appointments and waiting.

    During a Breast Lifecare visit, you will have a consult with a breast surgeon. The breast surgeon will review your imaging with the breast radiologist. He will then discuss your plan of care with you. If a breast biopsy is recommended, it can be done the same day under most circumstances.

    Your doctor may refer you to Breast Lifecare as result of any of the following:

    • Breast lumps
    • Nipple discharge
    • Inverted nipple
    • Skin changes such as rash, dimpling, or redness
    • Positive finding on mammography, ultrasound, and/or MRI
    • Follow-up to a positive finding
    • Previous breast cancer surgery

     

    You may need additional tests, which could include digital mammography, ultrasound or minimally-invasive biopsy. Most often, we can conduct these tests during your first appointment, eliminating the need for additional appointments.

    Our team focuses on ensuring your comfort while delivering care in a compassionate, soothing, respectful atmosphere. With a state-of-the-art facility that features the latest technology, we take pride in providing you the best care, advice and treatment.

    American Society of Breast Imaging and American College of Radiology recommend women have annual mammograms starting at age 40. Freeman utilizes digital mammography– the gold standard for breast cancer screening. Digital mammography uses compression and x-rays to examine a breast and capture a digital image on a computer. Digital mammography can detect tumors before they can be felt, so it’s important to get a mammogram in addition to breast self-exams and clinical breast exams.

    Mammogram Frequently Asked Questions

    What is a mammogram?
    A mammogram is a low-level x-ray of the breasts.

    When should I have a mammogram and how often?
    Women age 40 or older should have a mammogram every year. The best time to have a mammogram is one week after your period has started—this is when your breasts will be the least tender.

    How long does the procedure take?
    The procedure takes about 20 minutes.

    How do I prepare for the procedures?
    Don't wear deodorant or powder on the breasts or under your arm before having a mammogram. Notify the mammography technologist if you have silicon or saline breast implants, because implants can decrease the amount of breast tissue seen on mammography. The breast positioning and pressure applied may need modification in such cases.

    What is the difference between screening and diagnostic mammograms?
    A screening mammography is used to look for breast changes in women and men who have no signs of breast cancer. A diagnostic mammogram is given to women or men experiencing unusual breast changes such as lumps, pain, nipple discharge, thickening or changes in the size or shape of the breast.

    Is a mammogram painful?
    Approximately half of women who have a mammogram experience some discomfort due to the breast compression necessary to obtain a clear picture of the breasts, with the lowest amount of radiation.

    Do not be alarmed if, after your mammogram, you notice some temporary discoloration of the skin on one or both breasts. This is the result of the breast compression. Remember, though this may be uncomfortable, it is absolutely essential because it improves the accuracy of the test and reduces the amount of radiation needed to get a clear picture.

    Please know, breast compression is not dangerous and does not damage the breast tissue — the discomfort is only temporary.

    When will I receive my test results?
    A radiologist will review your x-rays and send reports to you and your referring doctor. Your doctor should receive the report within 3-4 business days, and you should receive it in 6-10 business days.

    Save the Life of Someone you Love

    1 in 8 women develops breast cancer in her lifetime. In the fight against breast cancer, knowledge saves lives. We encourage you to learn the 3 keys to breast health and early detection of breast cancer:

    • Monthly breast self-exams
    • Annual visits to a physician for a clinical breast exam
    • Annual mammograms beginning typically at age 40

     

    Breast self-exams are critical to early detection – that's why Freeman and KSN-TV 16 have joined forces to educate women in the community about breast health and remind them to do monthly breast self-examinations. Freeman Buddy Check 16, our breast health awareness program, encourages women to team up with a buddy and remind each other to perform a breast self-exam on the 16th of every month. Also, on the 16th of each month during the 6 pm KSN-TV 16 newscast, Freeman shares personal stories from area women touched by breast cancer and provides education about breast cancer to encourage women of the Four States to take proactive measures toward good breast health. Click here to learn more about Buddy Check 16.

    Sign Up to Become a Buddy Check 16 Member

    Urinary incontinence, or inability to control the bladder, is a common problem among women. Often experienced during their childbearing years, through menopause and after menopause, incontinence can cause its sufferers to feel self-conscious and avoid certain activities. Individuals with severe cases can even become reclusive.

    However, there's no need to suffer in silence. Freeman offers safe, innovative solutions for a leaky bladder. The first step is getting an evaluation to determine the cause of the leakage. New medications for certain types of incontinence have demonstrated great success.

    Patients may also find relief from contemporary surgical and nonsurgical solutions, including minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures, in which a tiny surgical instrument is inserted through a small incision. These improved treatment options result in quick recovery, allowing most patients to return to work and regular activities right away.

    Talk to your healthcare provider if you experience any of these symptoms:

    • Leakage when you cough, sneeze, laugh, jump or run
    • Leakage when you hear running water
    • Inability to make it to the bathroom on time after feeling the urge to go
    • Waking up several times at night with an urge to go or with leakage

    You no longer have to endure a leaky bladder. Call to learn about treatment options today.

    Women’s Healthcare Associates

    417.347.7009

    Mothers Trust Us to Deliver 

    As one of the busiest maternity centers in Missouri, we've earned the trust of moms-to-be because we provide family-centered care and individual attention in a warm, caring environment. Our highly-trained, expert team includes board-certified obstetricians, available 24 hours a day, to care for all patients, including those with high-risk pregnancies.

    Freeman Maternity Center, designed with privacy and comfort in mind, features home-like birthing suites and private postpartum rooms.

    Our spacious mom and baby rooms permit mothers and babies to room‐in together for an enhanced bonding experience. Additionally, a state‐of‐the-art infant security system for the protection of our youngest patients.

    We deliver more than 2,600 babies every year – that's one baby every three hours! We are proud to introduce you to some of Freeman's newest arrivals. We offer you the opportunity to post your baby’s photos online, on a well-traveled billboard in Joplin now on KSN/KODE TV!

    Click here to learn more about the Freeman Maternity Center.

    The dedicated physicians, nurses and staff at Freeman OB/GYN Associates, Freeman Ozark Obstetrics & Gynecology and Freeman Women's Healthcare Associates care about you as a person. With extensive training in women's health, these providers continue to educate themselves on new procedures and technologies to ensure the best care and treatment is available for women of all ages in our community. Click here to learn more about our OB/GYN services.

    Having Your Baby at Freeman?

    We're almost as excited as you about the coming birth of your baby! Let Freeman Maternity Center help you prepare for this exciting event. 

    We offer a variety of classes:

    To register for these classes, email Karleen Martin at kkmartin@freemanhealth.com or call 417.347.6667 with any questions you may have.

    Freeman Maternity Center
    1102 W. 32nd St.
    Joplin, MO
    417.347.6667

    8:00 am – 4:30 pm Monday – Friday

    Women's health resources

      Bone Density Frequently Asked Questions

      What is a bone density test?
      A bone density test is a dual energy x-ray of the hip, spine or forearm. A bone density scan can tell if you have osteoporosis – a disease where decreased bone strength increases the risk of a broken bone. It is the most common reason for a broken bone among the elderly. Bones that commonly break include the back bones, the bones of the forearm and the hip. There are typically no symptoms until a broken bone occurs. 

      Why should I have a bone density test?
      Bone density testing is recommended for all women over the age of 65 and postmenopausal women under 65 years who have risk factors for osteoporosis other than menopause. 

      The following are potential risk factors for osteoporosis that might suggest the need for a bone density test:

      • Personal history of fracture as an adult
      • History of fracture in first-degree relative
      • Low body weight or thin body stature
      • Advanced age
      • Current cigarette smoking
      • Use of corticosteroid therapy for more than three months
      • Impaired vision
      • Estrogen deficiency at early age
      • Dementia
      • Poor health/frailty
      • Recent falls
      • Lifelong low calcium intake
      • Low physical activity
      • Alcohol intake of more than two drinks per day
      • Thyroid disease
      • Rheumatoid arthritis
      • Excessive caffeine consumption
      • Use of oral contraceptive (birth control pills)

       

      How long does a bone density test take?
      Total body measurements take less than 20 minutes.

      How do I prepare for a bone density test?
      On the day of your test, please wear comfortable clothing (two-piece) without metal fasteners. Let the person doing the test know if you have a surgical device or implant such as a hip replacement, colostomy, etc. You should not have a barium study or nuclear scan 7 days before your bone density exam.

      Is a bone density test painful?
      During the test, you'll lie on a table during the x-ray – if lying on your back is difficult, you may find this uncomfortable.

      When will I receive my test results?
      A radiologist, a medical doctor who specializes in reading x-rays, will review your tests and send a report to your doctor, usually within 3 – 4 business days.

      We offer bone density screening at two convenient locations. To schedule an appointment, call 417.347.7777.

      Wes & Jan Houser Women's Pavilion
      located inside Freeman Women's Center
      1532 W. 32nd Street
      Joplin, Missouri

      Freeman Neosho Women's Pavilion
      located inside Freeman Neosho Medical Building
      336 Jefferson St.
      Neosho, Missouri

      Learn About Your Biopsy

      Wes & Jan Houser Women's Pavilion offers the Mammotome® Breast Biopsy System, a minimally invasive system that provides safe and accurate biopsies. The entire procedure is performed through a small probe that is inserted into a single incision about the size of a match head, which minimalizes pain, scarring and recovery time. Here's what you or someone you care about can expect when undergoing a breast biopsy using the Mammotome system.

      Preoperative

      1. Patient positioning depends on the imaging method used. If the procedure uses ultrasound imaging, a doctor will obtain images of the breast tissue while the patient lies on her back. In stereotactic procedures, patients lie facedown on a special table. The woman's breast protrudes through a hole in the table's surface, where it is lightly compressed and immobilized while a computer produces detailed images of the abnormality.

      2. The patient is given a mild sedative and an analgesic (such as Tylenol®) to reduce anxiety and discomfort.

      The Procedure

      3. Once the area to be biopsied has been located and mapped, the Mammotome probe is inserted through a small one-fourth-inch incision in the breast.

      4. When the probe is positioned at the area of concern, it gently vacuums, cuts and removes tissue samples for examination. The samples pass through the hollow chamber of the probe into a collection chamber. Because the Mammotome probe is directional, we can collect multiple specimens without having to remove and reinsert the device.

      Postoperative

      5. To continue to monitor your breast health following a breast biopsy using the Mammotome system, the doctor may place a small stainless steel MicroMark® II Tissue Marker to identify the biopsy site. While this tiny marker is undetectable to the patient, it enables a physician to keep track of an abnormality in future mammograms.

      6. The Mammotome probe is removed after the samples have been collected, and the single incision is closed with a small adhesive bandage.

      Mammotome Facts

      • More than 750,000 women have had successful breast biopsies using the Mammotome procedure since 1996.
      • The Mammotome Breast Biopsy System is offered in approximately 1,600 hospitals, breast centers and physician offices.
      • Breast biopsies using the Mammotome system are performed in an outpatient setting or doctor's office under local anesthesia.
      • Tissue samples collected using the Mammotome system are just as reliable as open surgical biopsies and three times more accurate than core needle biopsies in the diagnosis of conditions associated with early breast cancer.
      • The Mammotome system is suitable for sampling breast abnormalities including microcalcifications, spiculated masses, asymmetric densities, multifocal disease and diffuse tissue.
      • Approximately 95 to 99 percent of all health insurance plans cover breast biopsies using the Mammotome system.
      • Patients can return to normal daily activity immediately following a breast biopsy using the Mammotome system.

      This Mammotome information is provided courtesy of Ethicon Endo-Surgery.

      One in eight women will face breast cancer in her lifetime. However, breast cancer screenings can help improve the chances that breast cancer will be detected early and treated successfully. Click here to learn more about breast cancer.

      In 2013, more than 12,000 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer. According to the CDC, cervical cancer is the most preventable cancer that affects women. Early detection is key — regular screenings, called Pap tests, can detect changes in your cervical cells and increase the chance that cervical cancer will be found early and treated successfully. Most cervical cancer is caused by human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted disease; HPV can be detected with an HPV screening.

      Freeman physicians recommend the following:

      • Cervical cancer screenings for women starting at age 21, as directed by your physician
      • Regular HPV screenings for women starting at age 30
      • HPV vaccine for females ages 13 - 26

       

      Often, cervical cancer does not produce symptoms until it has developed into a later stage. Symptoms of later-stage cervical cancer can include:

      • Changes in menstrual cycle
      • Abnormal vaginal bleeding
      • Unusual discharge
      • Pain during intercourse

       

      Other diseases can cause these symptoms as well. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, please call your physician today to make an appointment. If you would like help finding a medical provider, please call the Freeman Physician Finder at 417.347.3767 or 800.297.3337.

      Celebrate National Wear Red Day® with Go Red For Women and Freeman Health System to help fight women's #1 killer – heart disease.

      Heart disease claims more lives than all forms of cancer combined. For more than 10 years, the American Heart Association has sponsored National Wear Red Day® to raise awareness in the fight against heart disease in women.

      2014 was the 11th year anniversary for National Wear Red Day® and during that time, there have been some major accomplishments, including:

      • 21 percent fewer women dying from heart disease
      • 23 percent more women aware that it’s their #1 health threat
      • The publishing of gender-specific results, established differences in symptoms and responses to medications, and women-specific guidelines for prevention and treatment
      • Legislation to help end gender disparities

       

      Click here to learn more about heart health.

      Joplin, MO

      Freeman Women's Center

      Freeman OB/GYN Associates: 417.347.8660
      Freeman Ozark Obstetrics and Gynecology: 417.347.2525
      Freeman Women's Healthcare Associates: 417.347.7009

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      Other Women's Health Services and Locations

        Shop for your health

        Located on the first floor of Freeman Women's Center, Pink Door Boutique specializes in hard-to-find women's health products and gifts for women of all ages. Our services include personal consultations for wigs and Jane Iredale mineral cosmetics and private fittings for bras and postmastectomy products in the Positive Appearance Corner by La-Z-Boy. Click here to learn more about Pink Door Boutique.

        Focused on Your Comfort

        When you need a mammogram, bone density screening or other diagnostic procedure, we provide care in a comfortable, soothing, compassionate and respectful atmosphere. Our team of surgeons, radiologists and registered mammography technologists uses the latest technology to ensure you receive the best care, advice and treatment.

        Wes & Jan Houser Women's Pavilion is designated Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). By awarding facilities the status of Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, the ACR recognizes breast imaging centers that have earned accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy and breast ultrasound. Click here to learn more about Wes & Jan Houser Women's Pavilion.

        Wes & Jan Houser Women's Pavilion
        located inside Freeman Women's Center
        1532 W. 32nd Street
        Joplin, Missouri
        417.347.7777

        Thanks to a very generous benefactor, Freeman Women's Pavilion Neosho opened its doors November 7, 2011, to provide Neosho residents with digital mammography and bone densitometry.

        Digital mammography, the best technology available for breast cancer screening, uses compression and x-rays to examine a breast and capture an image on a computer. Compared with film mammography, digital offers greater contrast, detail and penetration of dense breast tissue. By using digital mammography, a radiologist can better examine breast tissue. 

        Freeman Neosho Women's Pavilion
        located inside Freeman Neosho Medical Building
        336 S. Jefferson St.
        Neosho, Missouri
        417.455.4303

        8 am– 4:30 pm Monday–Thursday
        8 am–noon Friday

        Freeman has partnered with NO MORE to spread awareness about and help end domestic violence and sexual assault. The NO MORE symbol stands for the hope we all feel that domestic violence and sexual assault can be eradicated in our lifetime.

        How you can help

        Visit nomore.org to download the NO MORE symbol. You can promote NO MORE in a variety of ways, including:

        • Wear it on a t-shirt or button
        • Make and sell your own products to support local shelters and hotlines
        • Share it on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram
        • Tweet about it
        • Highlight it on your company’s website
        • Incorporate it into events at your office, on your college campus or in your child’s school

         

        Relationship warning signs

        Economic abuse

        • Controlling access to financial information
        • Refusal to share money
        • Preventing partner from having or keeping a job
        • Taking partner’s money
        • Not allowing partner’s name to be on accounts, which would allow partner to build credit
        • Demanding account of all purchases

         

        Emotional abuse

        • Name calling, insults, continual criticism
        • Extreme jealousy or possessiveness
        • Isolation from family or friends
        • Monitoring where partner goes & who partner spends time with
        • Withholding affection as punishment
        • Threats to hurt partner, children, family or pets
        • Humiliation of partner in any way
        • Expectation of partner to ask permission

         

        Physical abuse

        • Damaging property when angry (thrown objects, punched walls, kicked doors, etc.)
        • Pushing, slapping, biting or kicking
        • Abandoning partner in a dangerous or unfamiliar place
        • Driving recklessly to scare partner
        • Using of a weapon to threaten or hurt partner
        • Trapping partner at home
        • Preventing partner from calling police or seeking medical attention

        Need immediate help?

        Freeman SANE Program

        Through the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program, Freeman doctors and nurses offer free forensic exams and compassionate care to adult female and male sexual assault victims at the Freeman Hospital West Emergency Room in Joplin. The program provides a coordinated hospital response and comprehensive care for victims of sexual violence. For more information, call 417.347.7263 or click here.

        Lafayette House
        417.782.1772 / lafayettehouse.org

        National Domestic Violence Hotline
        1.800.799.SAFE (7233) / thehotline.org

        National Sexual Assault Hotline
        1.800.656.HOPE (4673) / chat at online.rainn.org / www.rainn.org

        Loveisrespect: Teen Dating Violence Hotline
        1.866.331.9474 / text ‘loveis’ to 22522 / chat at loveisrespect.org

        1in6: Resources for Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
        1in6.org / Online Support Line at 1in6.org/men/get-help

        Safe Helpline: Sexual Assault Support for the Department of Defense (DoD) Community
        877.995.5247/ Online Helpline at safehelpline.org/about-dod-safe-helpline

        Source: nomore.org