Medical Services in Marion, OH

Pregnancy and Obstetrics
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We are so happy you chose Marion OB-GYN, Inc. to share in such an important time in your life. Out office has an experienced and dedicated staff to help provide quality care to make you feel as comfortable as possible during your 40 weeks of pregnancy.
Prenatal care will help you and your babies health during your pregnancy. You should contact your providers as soon as you know you are pregnant.

The goals of prenatal care are:
  • Monitor the growth of your baby
  • To help control disease and infection by detection and prevention
  • To help provide nutritional facts and dietary plans to ensure appropriate weight gain
 
 
What to expect at your first visit.
Your first visit you should expect to have a complete physical examination. We will have you meet one of our experienced providers and we will obtain necessary history and information to help develop a quality prenatal plan. At each visit their after, you should expect to provide a urine sample to test for protein.

This visits and every visit thereafter you should expect:
  • Blood Pressure Checks
  • Fetal Heart Tone Dopplers
  • Weight Checks
  • Abdomen measurements
Experience in our office.
Dr. David Foulk and his staff are trained in high-risk obstetrics. We can treat patient with many medical conditions that affect their pregnancy. Our office provides obstetric services such as:
  • Early viability Ultrasounds
  • Peek-A-Boo Gender Ultrasound
  • Detailed 3-D /4-D Anatomy Ultrasounds
  • Non-Stress Test
  • Biophysical Profile Scans
  • Cord Doppler Measurements
  • Cystic Fibrosis Carrier Screens
  • Genetic Fetal Screens
Medications Approved During Pregnancy After 12 Weeks Gestation. Please note that if this is an emergency you should contact 9-1-1. We recommend that you limit your medication intake to your prenatal vitamins and those medications that have been approved by our physician.
Cold: Tylenol, regular strength as directed on bottle. Push clear fluids (64-80oz). Warm salt water gargle, lozenges, throat spray, PLAIN Sudafed, PLAIN Benadryl, PLAIN Robitussin, PLAIN Mucinex, PLAIN Claritin, PLAIN Zyrtec, or Tylenol Sinus. NO TYLENOL COLD OR ANYTHING WITH "DM".

Constipation: Increase fiber (bran cereal, whole grain) Avoid straining. Try Sitz baths, Preparation H, Anusol, Tucks pads, or diaper wipes. May use Milk of Magnesia, Metamucil, Fibercon, Citracel ,Miralax, or Colace. You May use Dulcolax or glycerin suppository.

Diarrhea: Push plenty of fluids. Imodium as directed on bottle.

Heartburn/Indigestion: Chew gum for 20 minutes after meals. Sleep sitting up with pillow. Eat small frequent meals. Avoid spice foods & caffeine. Start with 30 cc or ml of liquid antacid after each meal & before bedtime. Examples are Riopan Plus, Maalox, Mylanta, Tums. If no relief, may use Pepcid, Prevacid, Zantac, or Tagamet.

Hemorrhoids: Increase fiber & fluids in diet. Avoid straining. Try Sitz baths, Preparation H, Anusol, Tucks pads, or diaper wipes.

Headache: Tylenol or Aspirin free Excedrin as directed on bottle. CALL THE OFFICE IF NO RELIEF
 
 
Gynecology
Our focus for our practice is to care for the whole patient with emphasis on the female reproductive system. This includes wellness exams, menopause, medical, and surgical management. Our management consist of anything from preventative exams to highly specialized treatments. We treat females from preadolescence through menopause and beyond. We strive to focus our care on what is best for the patient.

For your comfort and convenience we offer the latest, most effective and safest in-office diagnostic procedures and technologies available. These diagnostic tools include:
  • Pap Smear Cytology
  • Colposcopy
  • Cryotherapy
  • Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure
  • Ultrasound
  • In office Hysterscope
  • Endometrial Biopsy
  • Ultrasound Guided Breast Biopsy
  • OVA1 Test
  • BRACA/Colaris Testing
  • Urodynamic Evaluations
Most gynecological problems can be managed by medications and life-style change; however, if needed we can evaluate further for diagnosis treatments.
Contraception
Contraception is the use of various devices, drugs, agents, sexual practices, or surgical procedures to prevent conception or pregnancy. It is also a way to help balance your hormones and control your menstrual cycles.

Contraception is not limited to one type of method. Dr. David Foulk and his staff want to make sure you have all the necessary information to chose the method that will be best for your family planning and general health.

Most people know about the most common birth control methods (birth control, condoms, diaphragm, patches, and Nuva Ring), but some women do not realize we can offer them other ways to prevent pregnancy and control their hormones.

The other methods we can educate people on is intrauterine devices such as Skyla, Paragard and Liletta. We also offer a thin and flexible arm implant that provides up to 3 years of continuous birth control. If you are wanting something more permanent and are 100% sure you have completed your family, we can discuss permanent birth control methods such as Essure and Laparoscopic Tubal Ligation.
 
 
What to expect at your first visit.
Your first visit you should expect to have a complete physical examination and if necessary a complete gynecological vaginal exam. Our staff will make sure we are collecting all necessary symptoms and history to help ensure we are treating the extent of the problem. Some things to bring to your visit include:
  • Updated Medication List
  • Updated Surgery/Diagnosis List
  • Drivers License/Insurance Card
Please feel free to contact our office to set up a consult for more information regarding your gynecological needs.
Surgical Procedures
Dr. Foulk and his team always strive to stay current with the newest medical information and procedures concerning Women's Healthcare. Our staff will always take the time to explain every procedure or treatment you may need so that you will be fully informed.

Dr. Foulk has the distinction of being the first OB/GYN physician in the area to use or perform the following:
  • Laser Assisted Surgery
  • Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Laparoscopic Assisted Surgery
  • Thermal Ablations (Novasure)
  • Permanent Sterilization (Essure, BPS)
  • Surgery for Urinary Stress Incontinence (Sling Procedure)
  • Myosure
 
Laparoscopic Surgeries are minimally invasive surgeries that have the assistance of a video camera and thin instruments. The surgeries are known for less post operative discomfort, quicker recovery times, shorter hospital stays, and smaller scars.

Laparoscopic surgeries can be used to treat many different gynecology conditions. Some of these medical conditions can include fibroid's, endometriosis, pelvic floor prolapse, dysfunctional uterine bleeding, and etc.

If you are considering a hysterectomy here are some facts you need to know. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (the governing body of all board certified obstetricians and gynecologists) recommends a laparoscopic assisted vaginal hysterectomy over any other method if at all possible. It is the least invasive type of hysterectomy and has a very short recovery time as well as a short hospital stay. If a vaginal hysterectomy is not appropriate for you according to your doctor, then a total abdominal hysterectomy would be the next preferred method. Both types are also more cost effective and take less time in the operating room than the Da Vinci.

Number one on the new release on the ACOG's Choosing Wisely list (March 2016), Gynecologist should avoid using robotic assisted laparoscopic surgery for benign gynecologic disease when it is feasible to use a conventional laparoscopic or vaginal approach.