Women's Health Services
All kinds of care, for all kinds of women
We recognize that no two women are alike and every woman deserves to be treated as an individual. We provide care through all stages of life in outpatient and inpatient settings.
It is important for women of all ages to have regular physicals that include a breast exam and pap smear because early detection of breast and cervical cancer saves lives. A pap smear tests for changes in the cells of the cervix, the opening of the uterus or womb. For those of childbearing age, full contraceptive services are offered. Medical and surgical treatment options are available for chronic pelvic pain, fibroids, menstrual problems, endometriosis, infertility, polycystic ovarian syndrome, osteoporosis and menopause issues.
The team at Sanford Clinic Vermillion offer prenatal care for routine and high-risk pregnancies. Our experienced obstetrics nursing team offers a series of childbirth classes to prepare you for delivery. Our skilled ultrasound technologist will provide ultrasounds for that first peek at your baby. Many pregnant women suffer back pain or some other orthopedic problem during pregnancy or after delivery. Our physical therapists can design a program of care for you to help manage your symptoms. Treatment may include exercises, massage, biomechanics and posture training and the fitting of therapeutic belts and supports.
Our highly trained team of professionals is here for your routine and cesarean section deliveries 24/7. We offer pain medication at any time of the day or night. Our labor and delivery rooms are comfortable, allowing you to keep your baby with you at all times if you wish. When you want to rest or sleep, our secure nursery is available with constant observation. One of our lactation counselors is always available to offer breastfeeding support and to answer any questions. Before you head home, you will find comfort in knowing you will have an in-home visit from one of our qualified OB nursing staff.
With your permission, your baby will be featured on our baby gallery at sanforvermillion.org. Every new parent hopes for a healthy full-term baby, but if there are problems or your baby arrives too early, our affiliation with the Boekelheide Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Sanford Children’s Hospital, offers parents of premature and high-risk babies access to the best care in the area for these special patients.
Digital Mammography Services
A mammogram is an x-ray of the breasts using low-dose radiation. It is the best test available to detect the early stages of breast cancer as a mammogram can often detect the cancer cell a year or two before it is large enough to be felt as a lump by you or your healthcare provider. The radiology department at Sanford Vermillion Medical Center is the only local facility to offer digital mammograms daily Monday – Friday and also one Saturday per month. Sanford Vermillion Radiology has consistently been accredited in mammography by the American College of Radiology (ACR) for the past 18 years and was most recently reaccredited in May 2012.
Because mammogram screenings are so important, Sanford Vermillion is proud to partner with the All Women Count program that provides FREE mammograms and pap smears for women with limited income. To find out if you are eligible, call 1-800-738-2301. You must provide your age and your annual household income.
In addition to the All Women Count program, Sanford Vermillion is pleased to partner with Dakota Hospital Foundation in the fight against breast cancer. DHF has made a commitment to the community in providing funding for the underserved and uninsured in our service area. Contact Dakota Hospital Foundation for additional information.
Osteoporosis is the thinning of the density of your bones that may lead to fracture. Osteoporosis will affect nearly half of all women over 50 in their lifetime. There are no early warning signs – the first sign is often a broken bone or the gradual decline in height. But osteoporosis can be treated and even reversed with the proper treatment. The Dexascan at Sanford Vermillion can help detect osteoporosis before any symptoms show by scanning your bones for density. Your doctor may suggest adding calcium, fluoride and vitamin D to your diet as well as prescribing hormone therapy such as estrogen or other medicines known to build bone strength. A weight-bearing exercise program such as walking and running will help maintain or build up bone strength. The Rehabilitation Department at Sanford Vermillion can recommend some exercises especially for those at risk for osteoporosis.
Pelvic Pain Treatment
Chronic pelvic pain may be closely connected to problems in the muscles, joints or nerves. Scars from surgery or childbirth may contribute to this painful condition. If you have been in pain for several weeks, you may be unconsciously holding parts of your body in a tense and rigid position to protect yourself from more pain. These tense positions may cause weak and painful muscles, strained joints and compressed nerves. Working with your physician, our physical therapists can evaluate your problem and help you manage the debilitating effects of pelvic pain.
Women of all ages may experience an uncontrolled loss of urine, called urinary incontinence. Aging, pregnancy, childbirth, chronic constipation and chronic coughing can weaken the muscles in the pelvic area. If you notice urine leaking when you cough, lift, sneeze or exercise, you may have the most common type of leakage called stress incontinence. If you feel a sudden and strong need to urinate and sometimes do not make it to the bathroom in time, you may have urge incontinence. While incontinence is common, it is not normal and can be treated by a medical team approach, including a physical therapist. Therapy treatments may include strengthening exercises, biofeedback training, gentle electrical stimulation, training in proper lifting and moving techniques, and suggesting foods to avoid, which may be irritating to the bladder.
When you have any healthcare issues, call on the caring professionals at Sanford Vermillion Medical Center in Vermillion at 605.624.2611.
We’re here for you.