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Women have unique health care needs, and the environment in which a woman is cared for should be woman-centered; focused on her. Trained experts at CMH in gynecology and breast health in Astoria are here to keep you healthy. From your first routine gynecologic exam through motherhood and beyond the menopausal years, the CMH Astoria Women’s Center is committed to providing personalized, comprehensive medical care of the highest quality.
Our team of caregivers includes certified nurse midwives and board-certified obstetrician/gynecologists (OB/GYNs) trained in gynecological, obstetrical and urological care for women. Together, with other members of your women’s health care team, they believe it is a great honor to provide services that meet your changing needs, at every stage in your life. The CMH Women’s Center in Astoria promises to work with you to make collaborative and informed decisions about your health care.
CMH and North Star Doula collaborate to offer a four-week comprehensive childbirth education series that starts the first Thursday of every month from 6:30-8 p.m. Weekly classes are held at Rivers Zen Yoga Studio (1410 Marine Dr., Astoria). There is also an intensive weekend course every other month at the CMH Columbia Center (2021 Marine Dr., Astoria). For more information and to learn how to register, visit North Star Doula’s website. As a precaution due to the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, CMH is offering free online childbirth education along with North Star Doula. Here is the link to register.
If you are an expectant mother and an Oregon Health Plan (OHP) member, be sure to sign up for the First Steps program. First Steps is a free incentive program of Columbia Pacific CCO that rewards you for making healthy choices during your pregnancy. You can earn more than $100 in Amazon.com gift cards for taking steps to help you have a healthy pregnancy!
To sign up for First Steps:
Q: Who is a good candidate for the UroLift® System treatment?click to open
You may be a good candidate if you are a male, 45 years of age or older, and have symptoms relating to BPH. Speak with your urologist to see if the UroLift® System treatment is right for you. If you have a known allergy to nickel, titanium or stainless steel, talk to your doctor about your allergy before getting a UroLift System treatment.
Q: Does my insurance cover the treatment?click to open
The UroLift® System treatment is covered by Medicare and all major private insurers. Contact your insurance provider for your specific coverage information.
Q: Does the treatment affect my sexual function?click to open
Clinical studies have shown the UroLift® System treatment does not cause new, sustained instances of erectile or ejaculatory dysfunction. The same cannot always be said of other BPH therapies such as TURP, laser, and even medication.
Q: What happens post-treatment, during the recovery period? Are meds required?click to open
After the treatment, patients typically go home the same day without a catheter. There is minimal downtime after treatment and many patients experience symptom relief in as early as 2 weeks. Patients may experience some urinary discomfort during the recovery period. Most common side effects are mild to moderate and include pain or burning with urination, blood in the urine, pelvic pain, urgent need to urinate and/or the inability to control the urge. Most symptoms resolved within two to four weeks after the procedure.
Q: What should I expect during the treatment? Is it painful? How long does it take?click to open
If you and your doctor decide that the UroLift® System treatment is right for you, your doctor will provide you with more detailed information relating to the treatment. In general, the UroLift System is a minimally invasive treatment that entails minimal downtime. Your doctor will use the UroLift Delivery Device to deploy permanent implants to relieve obstruction caused by the enlarged prostate that is pressing on your urethra. The procedure, which usually takes about an hour, may be performed under local or general anesthesia and you may be given medication to feel comfortable during the treatment. This typically helps minimize discomfort during the procedure, though everyone’s definition for pain and discomfort varies greatly. Typically, no catheter and no overnight stay is required post-treatment.
Q: What should I bring to my first appointment?click to open
Please bring the following:
Q: What should I expect at my appointment?click to open
When you arrive, please check in at the desk. We will ask you for your completed paperwork, insurance card, and co-payment. You will be given a Consent-to-Treat form and we will take your photograph to help ensure proper identification while you are under our care. In some cases, x-ray or lab tests may be required during your appointment, but we’ll let you know that before your appointment. If your appointment results in scheduling a procedure or surgery, your visit may last a little longer than normal.
Q: How will I learn the results of my test?click to open
Normal results may be sent by mail. We will call you to talk about any concerning test results, or to schedule a follow-up appointment. All results are provided after our caregivers receive the final report, which may take a week or more for some tests. If you’ve not heard from us within seven (7) days, please call the office at 503-338-7595. Please note that results can be given directly to the patient or authorized representative only. If you would like to authorize anyone other than yourself to have access to your medical information, ask us for a release of information authorization form.
Q: How do I get my prescription refilled?click to open
If you need a refill of your medication, please call your pharmacy and ask them to submit a refill request. Please allow three (3) business days for all refill requests, and see your provider on schedule so that we can monitor your health and keep your prescriptions up to date and refilled as needed.
Q: What do I do if I have questions between appointments?click to open
There are a couple different ways to reach your provider, the clinic nurse or the family transition planner. You may 1) send us a message through the patient portal, myCMH, or 2) call the clinic phone number, press "3" for more options, then select the person you'd like to reach.
Q: I had a positive pregnancy test. Should I come in to be seen?click to open
Call our office at 503-338-7595 to make an appointment. We will be happy to see you and answer any questions you may have.
Q: What activities can I do while pregnant?click to open
Call our office at 503-338-7595 to make an appointment. Your medical provider will work with you to develop a personalized healthcare plan for your pregnancy. Please note that you may designate a Care Partner to assist you with managing your healthcare at CMH.
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