At Craig Ranch OB/GYN, the doctors and staff specialize in the treatment of many conditions that affect a woman's reproductive system, including those that are indicated through abnormal pap smears. The facility serves the residents in and around the McKinney, Texas area.
Pap smears collect cells from the cervix so they can be tested. Abnormal cervical cells can indicate many different health conditions. Cervical dysplasia, cervical cancer, yeast infections, and sexually transmitted diseases can all have an effect on the cervix, causing the cells to grow abnormally or change as the condition progresses. If a pap smear comes back abnormal, depending on the specific abnormality, the doctor may want to perform a colposcopy to better evaluate the problem or may just want to repeat the pap smear at a later date.
Cervical dysplasia affects the surface of the cervix. It is a precancerous condition that causes the cells of the cervix to begin to grow abnormally. If left untreated, the abnormal cell growth can eventually lead to cervical cancer. If abnormal cells continue to grow and spread deeper into the canal, the entire cervix may need to be removed to stop the spread of the cells and the possible risk of cancer. Fortunately, it usually takes years to develop from dysplasia to cancer, so Craig Ranch OB-GYN monitors cervical dysplasia with a procedure called colposcopy. They are one of the few groups in the United States with the latest technologically advanced colposcope called DYSIS. This new technology has been shown to be more accurate for diagnosing cervical dysplasia and keeps a visual record of the cervix for comparison with future colposcopies.
Frequency of pap smears has been debated over the years and there is still not a clear consensus, but often depends on the patient’s age, pap smear history, and risk factors. The guidelines recommend that women get a check up every year with pelvic exam every year. Pap smears should be performed every 1 to 3 years, and is determined by your individual circumstances.
"The office facility is very clean and you are always greeted."
"I absolutely love going to Craig Ranch OB/GYN. I have been going there for over 7 years. The staff is very welcoming and friendly."
"I like the atmosphere of the office, and have never have waited too long for my appointment."
"Everyone I met that day greeted me with a smile and made me feel really comfortable. They took time and actually listened to me and were able to answer my questions."
"Very compassionate and will sit listen as you express concerns. Highly recommend. EVERYONE from the doctors to the front desk staff are fabulous!"
"Dr. Joyner was so thorough, kind and took time to explain things. She made me feel very at ease and made a dreaded appointment very bearable!"
"Dr. Shea Joyner is professional and friendly; she is thorough, listens to concerns and offers sound advice/options."
"I felt that my discussion with my doctor was excellent, & the nurse welcoming, especially as she asked me about my infertility issues. Overall I had a good experience."
"The appointment went good as usual and my gyn is the best!"
"I really liked that she listened to my past medical history and gave me some options to try... She was extremely helpful, informative and understanding."
"She has helped me get pregnant and stay pregnant after recurring miscarriages."
"... I've gone over a month without one single headache triggered useless organs. Thank you Dr. Robert!"
"She was always upbeat, easy to talk to and very welcoming, especially to my husband. He always felt like he was a part of the process and not just "in the room"."
"Dr. Derrick did both of my c-sections and she did a great job. I didn't feel anything before, during, or after the c-section."
"I had some issues and Dr. Derrick was the first doctor I saw, she made me feel a lot better. She was able to listen to what I had to say and was trying to help me out."
"I can't say enough how much I love Dr. Derrick and the entire Craig Ranch OBGYN office...Dr. Derrick delivered my baby and she is about as sweet as they come!"
"Dr. Derrick spent more time with me in one visit than a previous Dr. had spent during an entire pregnancy!"
"Got an awesome present from our favorite doctor today! Hadlee loves her new blanket and can't wait to see everyone again in two weeks. #baidwanisthebest"
"I have referred many friends here. They are all so amazing and compassionate when it comes to your personal health. Thank you so much for being my doctor."
"Everyone I met that day greeted me with a smile and made me feel comfortable. They took the time and actually listened to me and were able to answer any questions."
"He became my OB during the middle of my third pregnancy for the delivery my son and we absolutely love him! He really takes the time out and makes you feel comfortable."