We require medical records be faxed to our Los Angeles office prior to setting up a consultations for fibroids, adenomyosis, endometriosis and ovarian pathology. Patients often report difficulty getting copies of their medical file from their doctors office. This should NOT be the case. Your file is yours!! You are entitled to your own health information. A recent article in the Los Angeles Times Health Section ( Monday July 27, 2009, entitled “Those medical tests are yours”)….discusses the federal law, HIPPA ( Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) which gives consumers the right to access records regarding their medical care and treatment. IF you are having difficulty retrieving your file from a medical office or facility, contact a supervisor……it is against the law to withhold your information.
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What is a D&C? It stands for Dilatation and Curettage. This is a minor surgical procedure that is often recommended by healthcare practitioners to treat heavy bleeding. The cervix is dialated and a small curette is used to scrape the lining of the uterus away. This can significantly reduce bleeding until the lining is regenerated. Unfortunately, a D&C is used all too often as a treatment for fibroid tumors and adenomyosis. This procedure can temporarily reduce the bleeding symptoms but does nothing to actually treat the primary diseases. Women often get a false sense of security once the bleeding is reduced…..take care, the fibroid tumors and adenomyosis are still growing.