“The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease”
This quote by Canadian physician William Osler (1849-1919) illustrates the patient-focused perspective that we have at Exceed Hormone Specialists. There are certainly diseases that need to be treated in our patients, but understanding the patient behind the disease helps us care for our patients much more effectively. The recent focus of American healthcare has been on quick fixes for illnesses rather than on the more time intensive plan of understanding the patient who has the illness. When you put a bandaid on a bad injury, the injury isn’t actually any better. You just don’t have to look at it any more. We do not want to bandaid your issues. You have probably already had that done which may have led you to us.
With the start of Exceed Hormone Specialists, my practice of gynecology has changed, and I have created a spotlight on women’s health care. Women’s Health will focus on the unique health needs and services that are required to treat the whole person, not just today’s problem. This comprehensive holistic approach will look at the “big picture” issues for patients, addressing not just specific gynecologic issues in isolation, but also considering the overall serious effects of some women’s total health. This may include poor weight management, decreased exercise, unhealthy diets, lack of sleep, environmental stressors and emotional exhaustion.
Many common gynecology problems can be managed in an office setting and do not require hospitalization or extensive outside testing. Such problems as hormone deficiency, minor but aggravating infections, sexual difficulties, and yearly checkups are ideal for outpatient office management. Managing such problems successfully and avoiding invasive procedures often requires more time and intensity and personal interest than patients can find in a typical frantic office setting.
Our approach to every problem, small or large, is to perform a complete evaluation so that we understand all of your medical and personal issues on the front end. Such an approach requires time and experience – and that is our commitment to our patients.
“Treat the whole patient, and not just the illness.” Still the best plan but with a clearer understanding of what it means!
Heather Pearson Chauhan, MD, FACOG
Diplomate American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology