Dr. Danforth has been trained in two medical specialties.
Family medicine, or family practice, is a division of primary care focused on the provision of comprehensive medical care for people of all ages, with family doctors often providing care for the entire family. As a family doctor, these physicians generally develop close relationships with patients over an extended period of time, allowing for the provision of comprehensive care that other specialists may be less likely to deliver.
Family physicians are tasked with caring for not only the physical health of patients and families, but also the mental and emotional health and how it relates to the family as a unit. Family medicine also emphasizes preventive care, attempting to keep the patient healthy and prevent diseases before they occur through regular exercise, a healthy diet and healthy life choices.
When treating patients and their families, family physicians employ a variety of techniques and procedures. With regard to preventive measures, Family doctors are tasked with performing regular examinations or checkups, immunizations and screening tests, among others. Family physicians are trained to identify and treat a very wide range of illnesses and injuries, but may also refer patients to a specialist when they deem it necessary. Additionally, family physicians may also treat and manage chronic conditions without the assistance of a specialist.
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Obstetrics & gynecology is a medical and surgical specialty focused on the care of the reproductive system in women in both the pregnant and non-pregnant states – obstetrics and gynecology, respectively. Although they are recognized as two separate fields of medicine, many physicians specialize in both areas to provide comprehensive care for women. When a physician specializes in both fields, they are referred to as an OBGYN or OB/GYN; the specialty is commonly abbreviated as OB/GYN, OBGYN or Obs & Gyn, among other variations.
As an OBGYN, these physicians are trained to provide pre- and post-natal care for pregnant women. This includes regular checkups and examinations to ensure healthy gestation and development of the baby, as well as looking after the health of the mother; this also includes tests for the transfer of hereditary disease from the mother to the child. During obstetric exams, tests like complete blood counts, sexually transmitted disease screenings, pap smears, amniotic fluid tests, and iron and glucose tests will be performed. Often times, the OBGYN will be present at childbirth, and will likely be the physician performing the delivery.
Gynecologic duties of an OBGYN include caring for women who are not pregnant, seeing patients for regular exams and the treatment of various gynecological diseases, disorders and complications. These physicians often perform annual preventive screenings that include a general physical examination, pelvic exam, breast exam, pap smear and a review of vaccinations, among others deemed necessary. OBGYNs are also trained to perform surgical procedures such as hysterectomies, tubal ligations (getting “tubes tied”), laparoscopies and cystoscopies, among others.
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