If I had to give an award for the “Most Popular” question of 2014, the winner would be:
“How often do I really need to have a pap smear?”
It’s not a surprise, really. The recommendations have changed several times over the years and despite the minor changes most of us have just resigned ourselves to the notion that we will be needing to visit our friendly neighborhood GYN until the end of time, give or take a day or two. From the time we reached puberty, we’ve been told by our mothers, our older sisters, our aunts, and our doctors to have those yearly paps. Nothing new, right?
There are some new recommendations and they apply to all age groups!
Women should have their first pap smear at age 21 (unless they have already been screened and have had an abnormal- sorry!) This is irrespective of whether or not the woman has had sex. THIS IS DIFFERENT THAN IN THE PAST! So, if you are 18 and your mother is trying to drag you into the doctor to have a pap just because she had to have one at age 18- you don’t have to go! Now, if you need to see the GYN for infection testing or birth control or period woes, come on in to the Women’s Clinic in Kansas City, KS. I’m still not going to torture you with a pap. (let me hear that big sigh of relief!)
When should you get a pap?
- Women in their 20s should have a pap every year or two (we are assuming here, that your first pap was normal…)
- Ladies 30 and over: If you’ve had at least 3 normal pap smears in a row, we are going to recommend the pap smear every 2-3 years. This doesn’t mean you can skip out on your annual GYN visit- you still need an annual breast exam and pelvic exam- we just don’t have to do the pap.
- Women over 65 and women who do not have a cervix may not need a pap smear at all, but should check with their doctor regarding their individual recommendations.
So, with the new recommendations, it looks like your next visit to the GYN may be a lot less uncomfortable. It also may mean that we will be finding ways to repurpose those “duck bill” speculums. Wind chimes maybe?
Dr. Lisa Lorenzetti
Our Heartland Primary Care office announces the arrival of a new neighbor – DFP Orthopaedics. Drisko, Fee & Parkins Orthopaedic Surgery has opened a satellite office in our Heartland Primary Care Medical Building. So now, not only can you get great medical care for your primary care and urgent care needs but you will also find orthopaedic care at the same location – 2040 Hutton Road near the Legends shopping area.
No Bones About It – We’re Happy to Have DFP as a Neighbor
After noticing a lack of orthopaedic offices and doctors in the Wyandotte, KS area, DFP Orthopaedic Surgery began looking for a location where they could set up a satellite office. The physicians of Heartland Primary Care welcomed the opportunity to provide easy and convenient access to orthopaedic care for their patients and surrounding community by providing available space in their facility for the DFP Orthopaedic physicians.
Primary Care, Urgent Care & Orthopaedics in the Wyandotte Area
Through this new location, DFP Orthopaedics can better serve their patients in Kansas City, Kansas and nearby areas including Basehor, Bonner Springs, Edwardsville, Lansing, Leavenworth, and Tonganoxie. We know our patients in these areas really appreciate the convenience (especially our urgent care center) and we hope you will benefit from knowing about our new orthopaedic neighbor as well!
Stop in and Feel Better…Right Down to Your Bones
The Heartland Primary Care office, and new DFP satellite office in the Heartland Primary Care Medical Building, are easy to find just off of I-435 and Parallel Parkway on Hutton Road. Come by and see us! To schedule your next appointment, call 816-561-3003 for DFP Orthopaedics or 913-299-3700 for Heartland Primary Care.
We have had a positive rapid Flu A test at our Antioch Hills office diagnosed by our Nurse Practitioner Erin Lovewell. Make sure to get your flu vaccines soon to protect yourself. Flu vaccine clinic hours are set up at all offices. Pediatric doses available as well.
Flu shots are now available at all locations!! Call now or walk in to urgent care for your flu shot.
The Johnson County department of Health is reporting 16 new confirmed or suspected confirmed cases of whooping cough in Johnson County since the beginning of 2012. Whooping cough can kill unprotected babies and in adults causes a severe “100-day” cough.
All of Sunflower’s sites carry the Tdap booster shot to help boost immunity in adults and adolescents. It can be safely given if it has been more than 2 years since your last tetanus booster. Make sure if you are around newborns or pregnant women to get your booster shot to protect these innocents. Parents please immunize your children! In 2011 TEN infants died from Whooping cough in California! That is ten too many deaths.
At Sunflower Medical Group, you’ll find a group of dedicated doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses and support staff who really care about your health. We want to be more than a “doctor’s office”. We want to be your trusted family medical resource. We strive to provide the best medical care, personalized attention and the highest level of customer service. Our spcialties include internal medicine, pediatrics and family practice. Two of our five locations offer Urgent Care clinics with later hours where you can walk in with no appointment whenever you need basic medical attention. Our goal is to be here when you need us to prevent, detect and treat your family’s everyday illnesses.