Gynecology

Gynecology is the medical practice dealing with the health of the female reproductive systems and the breasts. Outside medicine, the term means “the science of women”. Its counterpart is andrology, which deals with medical issues specific to the male reproductive system.

At Broward Complete OB/GYN Wellness Center, our team of women’s health experts in Gynecology offer comprehensive and personalized care to females of all ages, from routine gynecologic exams to prenatal care to treating serious health conditions. Our highly-trained, multidisciplinary team of experts is well prepared to treat the changing health care needs of women as they pass through the various phases of their lives.

Please see below for a full list of gynecological services offered.

Telephone

What is Laparoscopic surgery?
Laparoscopy is a type of surgery that uses smaller cuts than you might expect.

The process takes its name from the laparoscope, a slender tool that has a tiny video camera and light on the end. When a surgeon inserts it through a small cut and into your body, they can look at a video monitor and see what’s happening. Without those tools, they’d have to make a much larger opening. Thanks to special instruments, your surgeon won’t have to reach into your body, either. That also means less cutting.

Have you heard people talk about “minimally invasive” surgery? Laparoscopic surgery is one kind. Doctors first used it for gallbladder surgery and gynecology operations. Then it came in play for the intestines, liver, and other organs.

Benefits
Working this way has several advantages compared with traditional surgery. Because it involves less cutting:

  • You have smaller scars.
  • You get out of the hospital quicker.
  • You’ll feel less pain while the scars heal, and they heal quicker.
  • You get back to your normal activities sooner.
  • You may have less internal scarring.

Here’s an example. With traditional methods, you might spend a week or more in the hospital for intestinal surgery, and your total recovery might take 4 to 8 weeks. If you have laparoscopic surgery, you might stay only 2 nights in the hospital and recover in 2 or 3 weeks. And a shorter hospital stay generally costs less.

What is Gynecological Surgery?
Gynecological surgery refers to surgery on the female reproductive system. Gynecological surgery is usually performed by gynecologists. It includes procedures for benign conditions, cancer, infertility, and incontinence. Gynecological surgery may occasionally be performed for elective or cosmetic purposes.

Our specialists encourage open communication and can answer any questions you may have. We listen to your concerns before developing a treatment plan that is unique to you, always keeping your priorities top-of-mind. We’ll make sure you understand exactly how your condition is affecting you, what your options are and what you can expect throughout the treatment process. Because we don’t just treat your condition – we work hard to make sure your path to recovery is as easy and short as possible.

Find a Surgeon You Trust
Above all, it’s important to remember that your gynecologist has reasons for the surgical procedure they choose. Laparoscopy, hysteroscopy and robotic surgery are all safe and effective means of surgery for a skilled surgeon. If you ever have any questions about your gynecological surgery, please do not hesitate to ask.

The expert gynecologists at Broward Complete OB/GYN Wellness Center are highly trained surgeons who provide the highest quality of care to women in Plantation, Florida. Contact us today to set up an appointment with one of our compassionate care providers.

Please contact us today (954) 370-7036 so we can help reduce your risk of long-term problems.

Yeast Infections

Also called: Candidiasis, Moniliasis

Candida is the scientific name for yeast. It is a fungus that lives almost everywhere, including in your body. Usually, your immune system keeps yeast under control. If you are sick or taking antibiotics, it can multiply and cause an infection.

Yeast infections affect different parts of the body in different ways:

  • Thrush is a yeast infection that causes white patches in your mouth
  • Candida esophagitis is thrush that spreads to your esophagus, the tube that takes food from your mouth to your stomach. It can make it hard or painful to swallow.
  • Women can get vaginal yeast infections, causing vaginitis
  • Yeast infections of the skin cause itching and rashes
  • Yeast infections in your bloodstream can be life-threatening
  • Antifungal medicines get rid of yeast infections in most people. If you have a weak immune system, treatment might be more difficult.

Please contact us today (954) 370-7036 so we can help reduce your risk of long-term problems.

What is a Pap smear?
A Pap smear test is a simple procedure that looks for abnormal cell changes in the cervix. The cervix is the lowest part of the uterus, located at the top of your vagina.

The Pap smear test can detect pre-cancerous cells. That means the cells can be removed before they have a chance to develop into cervical cancer, which makes this test a potential lifesaver.

These days, you’re more likely to hear it called a Pap test rather than a Pap smear.

What to expect during your Pap test
While no real preparation is necessary, there are a few things that can affect Pap results. For more accurate results, avoid these things for two days before your scheduled test:

  • tampons
  • vaginal suppositories, creams, medicines, or douches
  • powders, sprays, or other feminine hygiene products
  • intercourse

A Pap test can be performed during your period, but it’s better if you schedule it between periods.

If you’ve ever had a pelvic exam, the Pap test isn’t much different. You’ll lie on the table with your feet in the stirrups. A speculum will be used to open your vagina and allow your doctor to see your cervix.

Your doctor will use a swab to remove a few cells from your cervix. They will place these cells on a glass slide that will be sent to a laboratory for testing.

A Pap test may be a bit uncomfortable, but it’s generally painless. The whole procedure shouldn’t take more than a few minutes.

Tips for prevention
The main reason for a Pap test is to find abnormal cells before they become cancerous. To lower your chances of getting HPV and cervical cancer, follow these prevention tips:

  • Get vaccinated. Since cervical cancer is almost always caused by HPV, most women younger than 26 years of age should get vaccinated for HPV.
  • Practice safe sex. Use condoms to prevent HPV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
  • Schedule an annual checkup. Tell your doctor if you develop gynecological symptoms between visits. Follow up as advised.
  • Get tested. Schedule Pap tests as recommended by your doctor. Consider Pap-HPV co-testing. Tell your doctor if your family has a history of cancer, especially cervical cancer.

Please contact us today (954) 370-7036 so we can help reduce your risk of long-term problems.

Abnormal Uterine Bleeding (AUB)

Abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB) is a common and debilitating condition with high direct and indirect costs. AUB frequently co-exists with fibroids, but the relationship between the two remains incompletely understood and in many women the identification of fibroids may be incidental to a menstrual bleeding complaint.

Treatment is usually with hormone therapy, such as oral contraceptives, or with NSAIDs. Abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB-O), the most common cause of abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB), occurs most often in women > 45 (> 50% of cases) and in adolescents (20% of cases). About 90% of cases are anovulatory; 10% are ovulatory.

Questions to ask your doctor

  • What is the likely cause of my abnormal uterine bleeding?
  • Is my condition serious? Am I at risk for any other health problems?
  • Based on the cause, what treatment options do you recommend?
  • What are the risks and benefits of this treatment?
  • Will the treatment affect my chances of getting pregnant in the future?

Please contact us today (954) 370-7036 so we can help reduce your risk of long-term problems.

Urinary incontinence — the loss of bladder control — is a common and often embarrassing problem. The severity ranges from occasionally leaking urine when you cough or sneeze to having an urge to urinate that’s so sudden and strong you don’t get to a toilet in time.

Though it occurs more often as people get older, urinary incontinence isn’t an inevitable consequence of aging. If urinary incontinence affects your daily activities, don’t hesitate to see your doctor. For most people, simple lifestyle changes or medical treatment can ease discomfort or stop urinary incontinence.

Symptoms
Many people experience occasional, minor leaks of urine. Others may lose small to moderate amounts of urine more frequently.

Types of urinary incontinence include:

  • Stress incontinence. Urine leaks when you exert pressure on your bladder by coughing, sneezing, laughing, exercising or lifting something heavy.
  • Urge incontinence. You have a sudden, intense urge to urinate followed by an involuntary loss of urine. You may need to urinate often, including throughout the night. Urge incontinence may be caused by a minor condition, such as infection, or a more-severe condition such as a neurologic disorder or diabetes.
  • Overflow incontinence. You experience frequent or constant dribbling of urine due to a bladder that doesn’t empty completely.
  • Functional incontinence. A physical or mental impairment keeps you from making it to the toilet in time. For example, if you have severe arthritis, you may not be able to unbutton your pants quickly enough.
  • Mixed incontinence. You experience more than one type of urinary incontinence.

Please contact us today (954) 370-7036 so we can help reduce your risk of long-term problems.

Ultrasound imaging uses sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body. It is used to help diagnose the causes of pain, swelling and infection in the body’s internal organs and to examine a baby in pregnant women and the brain and hips in infants. It’s also used to help guide biopsies, diagnose heart conditions, and assess damage after a heart attack. Ultrasound is safe, noninvasive, and does not use ionizing radiation.

This procedure requires little to no special preparation. Your doctor will instruct you on how to prepare, including whether you should refrain from eating or drinking beforehand. Leave jewelry at home and wear loose, comfortable clothing. You may be asked to wear a gown.

What are some common uses of the procedure?
Ultrasound examinations can help to diagnose a variety of conditions and to assess organ damage following illness.

Ultrasound is used to help physicians evaluate symptoms such as:

  • pain
  • swelling
  • infection

Ultrasound is a useful way of examining many of the body’s internal organs, including but not limited to the:

  • heart and blood vessels, including the abdominal aorta and its major branches
  • liver
  • gallbladder
  • spleen
  • pancreas
  • kidneys
  • bladder
  • uterus, ovaries, and unborn child (fetus) in pregnant patients
  • eyes
  • thyroid and parathyroid glands
  • scrotum (testicles)
  • brain in infants
  • hips in infants
  • spine in infants

Please contact us today (954) 370-7036 so we can help reduce your risk of long-term problems.

GARDASIL 9 is a vaccine indicated in females 9 through 45 years of age for the prevention of cervical, vulvar, vaginal, anal, oropharyngeal and other head and neck cancers caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) Types 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58; cervical, vulvar, vaginal, and anal precancerous or dysplastic lesions caused by HPV Types 6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58; and genital warts caused by HPV Types 6 and 11.

GARDASIL 9 is indicated in males 9 through 45 years of age for the prevention of anal, oropharyngeal and other head and neck cancers caused by HPV Types 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58; anal precancerous or dysplastic lesions caused by HPV Types 6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58; and genital warts caused by HPV Types 6 and 11.

The oropharyngeal and head and neck cancer indication is approved under accelerated approval based on effectiveness in preventing HPV-related anogenital disease. Continued approval for this indication may be contingent upon verification and description of clinical benefit in a confirmatory trial.

GARDASIL 9 does not eliminate the necessity for vaccine recipients to undergo screening for cervical, vulvar, vaginal, anal, oropharyngeal and other head and neck cancers as recommended by a health care provider.

GARDASIL 9 has not been demonstrated to provide protection against diseases caused by:

  • HPV types not covered by the vaccine
  • HPV types to which a person has previously been exposed through sexual activity
  • Not all vulvar, vaginal, anal, oropharyngeal and other head and neck cancers are caused by HPV, and GARDASIL 9 protects only against those vulvar, vaginal, anal, oropharyngeal and other head and neck cancers caused by HPV Types 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58.

GARDASIL 9 is not a treatment for external genital lesions; cervical, vulvar, vaginal, anal, oropharyngeal and other head and neck cancers; or cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN), vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia (VIN), vaginal intraepithelial neoplasia (VaIN), or anal intraepithelial neoplasia (AIN).

Vaccination with GARDASIL 9 may not result in protection in all vaccine recipients.

FemTouch™ On AcuPulse™ The 360⁰ Solution for Women’s Health
A mutual collaboration with leading experts resulted in the development of FemTouch™ – a vaginal laser procedure driven by practitioners and women’s needs.

FemTouch™ is an innovative state-of-the-art CO₂ laser technology addressing common vaginal health related aspects. FemTouch promotes the stimulation of new vaginal tissue growth, by triggering collagen production. Generally, the Femtouch™ vaginal laser procedure requires just 2-4 short out-patient treatments, until the desired outcome is achieved.

FAST –Simple and comfortable out-patient procedure taking just a few minutes
Efficient – Satisfying outcomes after just 2-4 sessions
Simple – No anesthesia or special post procedure care is required

LINK TO VIDEO

Perimenopause; Postmenopause

Menopause is the time in a woman’s life when her periods (menstruation) stop. Most often, it is a natural, normal body change that most often occurs between ages 45 to 55. After menopause, a woman can no longer become pregnant.
Prevention

Menopause is a natural part of a woman’s development. It does not need to be prevented. You can reduce your risk of long-term problems such as osteoporosis and heart disease by taking the following steps:

  • Control your blood pressure, cholesterol, and other risk factors for heart disease.
  • DO NOT smoke. Cigarette use can cause early menopause.
  • Get regular exercise. Resistance exercises help strengthen your bones and improve your balance.
  • Talk to your provider about medicines that can help stop further bone weakening if you show early signs of bone loss or have a strong family history of osteoporosis.
  • Take calcium and vitamin D.

Please contact us today so we can help reduce your risk of long-term problems.

Osteoporosis, or thinning bones, can result in painful fractures. Risk factors for osteoporosis include aging, being female, low body weight, low sex hormones or menopause, smoking, and some medications. Prevention and treatment include calcium and vitamin D, exercise, and osteoporosis medications.

  • More than 3 million US cases per year
  • Treatment can help, but this condition can’t be cured
  • Requires a medical diagnosis
  • Lab tests or imaging always required
  • Chronic: can last for years or be lifelong
  • The body constantly absorbs and replaces bone tissue. With osteoporosis, new bone creation doesn’t keep up with old bone removal. Many people have no symptoms until they have a bone fracture. Treatment includes medications, healthy diet, and weight-bearing exercise to help prevent bone loss or strengthen already weak bones.

Please contact us today (954) 370-7036 so we can help reduce your risk of long-term problems.

Patient Feedback

Betty F.

Great. Reviewed my file, discussed & updated as necessary before exam, and provided necessary scripts and tests for me including timely follow up. I have been extremely happy with his practice since my prior doctor retired and transferred my files in 2016.  

Audrey C.

  Dr. Jaime A. Mercado, MD staff provided professional, courteous, friendly and timely services during my appointment. Appropriate social distancing procedures were followed due to Covid-19. The office is spacious, clean and inviting. It was a pleasurable experience to receive health care services and information from Dr. Mercado. 

Christy H.

  Dr Mercado and his staff treat you like you matter, they really care and it shows in every part of their practice. I’ve been going to him for 4 years and he has delivered both my sons. He and his staff are just wonderful.  

Request an Appointment

Have a question about our practice or want to schedule an appointment? Call us and speak with a member of our team.

Request an Appointment