Congratulations to Dr. Lynley Durrett and Dr. Obiamaka Mora for receiving Top Doctors honors in Atlanta magazine’s July issue!

Dr. Durrett has been practicing obstetrics and gynecology for more than 20 years and has been annually recognized as a Top Doctor in the publication since 2010.

Dr. Mora joined McDaniel and Durrett Gynecology in 2012 and oversaw the transition to Avant Gynecology in 2018. She has been recognized as an Atlanta Top Doctor in the publication for two years.

Both Dr. Durrett and Dr. Mora are currently seeing and accepting new patients at the Buckhead office located on the Piedmont Hospital campus.

Atlanta magazine works with Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., a healthcare research company based in New York, to assist in its annual effort. Doctors are nominated for consideration through both a nationwide survey and a peer nomination process. Castle Connolly’s physician-led team of researchers then select the Top Doctors through a rigorous screening process that includes an evaluation of educational and professional experience. This year the publication honors physicians representing the following counties: DeKalb, Fulton, Cobb, Clayton, Gwinnett, Carroll, Cherokee, Coweta, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Hall, Henry, and Rockdale.

“Receiving this type of recognition from my physician peers means so much to me,” says Dr. Durrett. “My ultimate goal is to be the best gynecologist I can be for the sake of my patients. I’m grateful for the honor, but more importantly, thankful for the privilege to serve.”

Dr. Mora echoes those sentiments. “Women’s health is my passion,” she says, “and I wouldn’t be able to accept an acknowledgment such as this without a patient population willing to trust me with their health and well-being.”

Drs. Durrett and Mora’s professional expertise include minimally invasive and robotic techniques with interests in vaginal prolapse treatment, pelvic reconstructive surgery, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, symptomatic fibroid management, and endometriosis management. They are also both members of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Medical Association (AMA).

Make an appointment with Atlanta’s Top Doctors at Avant Gynecology on our website or by giving us a call at 404-352-2850.

A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus — one of the most commonly performed surgeries in women. In fact, it’s estimated that one in nine women will undergo this procedure, which is performed to treat conditions such as:

  • Fibroids
  • Endometriosis that isn’t cured my medication or less invasive surgeries
  • Uterine prolapse
  • Persistent vaginal bleeding
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Cancer

There are several ways surgeons can perform a hysterectomy, and the type of procedure used will depend on each patient’s specific circumstances. Traditionally, an abdominal hysterectomy has been the most common practice. During this procedure, a large incision is made in the lower abdomen, and the uterus is extracted through it.

With medical advancements, the less invasive vaginal hysterectomy is now widely practiced. The difference in this procedure is that a small incision is made in the vagina instead of the abdomen, and the uterus is removed that way.

Benefits of Vaginal Hysterectomies

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), vaginal hysterectomies are associated with better outcomes compared to other approaches. Because the process is less invasive, vaginal hysterectomies often have a faster surgical time and shorter hospital stays. This could also mean a reduced risk of complications.

The ACOG also notes that the time span for overall healing and recovery from this type of hysterectomy is often shorter, which means a quicker return to normal activity.

Candidates for Vaginal Hysterectomies

While this may sound like an obviously easier procedure, it’s not ideal for everyone.

A vaginal hysterectomy may not be appropriate, for example, if you have an enlarged uterus or scarring from previous surgeries. Those with cancer or suspected cancer in a reproductive organ, or large uterine fibroids, or endometriosis may also be advised to undergo an alternate method.

Vaginal Hysterectomy Recovery

You may experience several changes after a hysterectomy, including loss of periods. But if your ovaries remain intact, you shouldn’t encounter any other related hormonal fluctuations.

In some instances, the ovaries may be removed during a hysterectomy, to reduce the risk of ovarian cancer. If this is so, your body will undergo menopause shortly after the surgery. This may include symptoms such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, mood changes, and changes in the libido. If your symptoms interfere with your daily life, talk to your doctor about options for managing them.

During recovery, give yourself plenty of time to rest so your body can heal. You may experience bloody vaginal discharge for several days or weeks, and your doctor may advise you to use sanitary napkins. You can also discuss pain management options with your health specialist, to reduce any discomfort during the recovery period.

While a little physical activity each day may be beneficial, avoid lifting anything heavier than ten pounds for at least four weeks. Your doctor may have more specific recovery instructions, so be sure to follow them precisely.

If you’re experiencing any of the health issues discusses above and you want to discuss the option of a hysterectomy, schedule an appointment with one of our providers by calling (404)-352-2850. You can also learn more about our surgical services online.

On Sunday, May 23, 2021, Avant Gynecology’s Dr. Lynley Durrett and Dr. Obiamaka Mora were featured guests on The Weekly Check-Up on News/Talk WSB Radio.

During the show, Drs. Durrett and Mora discussed women’s health topics with host Ashley Frasca. Topics included uterine fibroid treatment, hormone replacement therapy, mammography, robotic-assisted surgeries, IUDs, COVID-19 vaccinations, and the importance of annual healthcare visits. They also took several questions from callers.

You can listen to the full show below.

Tune into The Weekly Check-Up every Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. on AM 750 and NOW 95.5 FM News/Talk WSB, or stream online at WSBRadio.com.

Laparoscopic surgery is a procedure that uses a small, lighted camera known as a laparoscope to give surgeons access to the abdominal or pelvic area. The procedure is also known as keyhole surgery, due to the size of the incisions made: typically, these cuts are no more than a half-inch in length. As a form of minimally invasive surgery, this approach has several benefits for patients and can be used for a range of diagnostic applications and treatments.

What Types of Procedures Can Be Done Laparoscopically?

A laparoscopy is an important tool for a variety of specialists, including gynecologists, as it allows doctors to diagnose and treat conditions within your reproductive system.

While blood work and imaging services can reveal many insights into a potential reproductive condition, images retrieved by a laparoscope provide doctors with a much more detailed look into the affected area.

Laparoscopy can also be used to treat specific conditions. Some examples of gynecological laparoscopic surgeries include:

  • Removal of fibroids in or around the uterus, or cysts that may develop on the ovaries
  • Treatment of endometriosis — a condition of abnormal tissue growth outside the uterus
  • Hysterectomy (removal of the uterus, conducted to treat abnormal bleeding, cancer, and other conditions)
  • Tubal ligation to prevent pregnancy
  • Treatment of pelvic prolapse
  • Treatment of incontinence

What Are the Benefits of Laparoscopic Surgery?

Laparoscopic procedures have several benefits over traditional surgeries. In general, patients experience:

  • Smaller external scars and less internal scarring
  • Reduced pain and quicker healing
  • Quicker return to normal activities
  • Shorter hospital stays

What Can You Expect From Laparoscopic Surgery?

Laparoscopic surgeries are typically performed under general anesthesia, in which the patient is unconscious and experiences no pain. The anesthetic medication can either be inhaled through a mask or delivered intravenously.

Once you’re unconscious, the surgeon will make a small incision — usually through the belly button. The laparoscope is then inserted through this space. If any other surgical instruments are required to perform the procedure, these will be inserted through other separate, small incisions also made in the abdomen. (One common example of this is a gas inserted via tube, which provides the surgeon with ample space within which to work and view the area.)

After performing the necessary procedure, any gas used will be released, and the minor incisions will be closed up with Steri-strips to aid with healing. You’ll then be transferred to a recovery area, where you may stay for about an hour, for recuperation and monitoring. Since the anesthesia can cause drowsiness, you should avoid driving for 24 hours following the procedure. Make sure to have a friend or family member to get you home.

While recovery may depend on the exact nature of the procedure, most patients can remove their Steri-strips two to three days after surgery. (Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions on this.) You’ll likely be able to return to work three days after the procedure.

It’s possible you may experience some discomfort in the neck, chest, and shoulder areas, caused by the gas. Moving around, taking a warm shower, and using a heating pad can help relieve this symptom. If you experience nausea, consider eating something light — such as soup and crackers —in the evening after the procedure.

If you think you might be a good candidate for laparoscopic surgery, or want to discuss the process further, turn to Avant Gynecology. Find out more about our hospital procedures by reaching out to the experts at Avant Gynecology or giving us a call at (404) 352-2850 to schedule an appointment.

It can be a frightening experience hearing your gynecologist say that your Pap smear test results came back abnormal. While it can be tempting to jump to negative conclusions about what your results mean, it’s important to not worry quite yet. Abnormal Pap smears do not always indicate issues as serious as cervical cancer. The experts at Avant Gynecology break down what these results mean.

What Does an Abnormal Pap Smear Result Mean?

An abnormal Pap smear can have several different meanings and causes, but often indicate changes in the cervical cells. Some other causes for an abnormal result are:

  • Inflammation
  • Herpes
  • Trichomaniasis
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Vaginal Infection
  • Cervical Dysplasia (abnormal cells that can be pre-cancerous)

While some of these may bring concern, there are several harmless reasons as to why a Pap smear can come back abnormal such as recent sexual activity, menstruation, using tampons, or taking a bath before your test. Additionally, it’s relatively common for most women to experience an abnormal result at some point in their lifetime.

More Testing to Discover Results

While a Pap smear can indicate when abnormal cells are present, it does not give a full examination of the cervix. Often, more testing is needed. That’s what a colposcopy is for! This minor procedure allows an OB-GYN physician to use a low-powered microscope to study the abnormal areas in the cervix, vagina, and vulva to detect any signs of disease. During this procedure, the following happens:

  • A similar tool as the one used in your Pap smear will be placed into the vagina.
  • Several different solutions will be used to highlight the area.
    • A vinegar solution: This removes the mucus in the area.
    • An iodine solution: This identifies the abnormal areas that appeared in the Pap smear.

Once the colposcopy test results are in, your physician will go over the results with a pathologist. Together, the two will determine the next steps for uncovering the issue and potential treatment plans.

While Pap smears are not always comfortable, they are essential. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that:

  • Women ages 21 to 29 should get a Pap test every three years.
  • Women ages 30 to 65 should have a Pap test combined with an HPV test every five years.
  • Some women with certain conditions may need more frequent testing, including women with a history of cervical cancer, HIV/AIDS, or a weekend immune system.

Be proactive about your health; schedule a Pap smear with your OB-GYN today. If you have any further questions about the next steps after receiving abnormal Pap smear results, reach out to the experts at Avant Gynecology or give us a call at 404-352-2850.

The pelvic muscles support the bladder, bowel, and uterus; playing an important role in sexual function and childbirth, according to Healthline.

Pelvic floor exercises are an excellent solution for strengthening these muscles. They can also help improve conditions like urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse.

Want to learn more? The experts at Avant Gynecology explain the benefits of pelvic floor exercises.

The Benefits of Pelvic Floor Exercises

Here are some of the primary benefits of performing pelvic floor exercises:

  • Increases pleasure and reduces pain during sex
  • Makes the child birthing process easier and decreases chances of incontinence after childbirth
  • Makes passing urine and feces through the body easier
  • Prevents pelvic floor prolapse
  • Help treat urinary incontinence
  • Strengthens support for your baby while pregnant

Why Do These Exercises?

For women experiencing urinary incontinence or pain during sex, pelvic floor exercises are often recommended by medical experts to help resolve these issues. Research also suggests that these exercises reduce the frequency and severity of symptoms of pelvic floor prolapse.

Even if you are not experiencing any of the conditions mentioned above, pelvic floor exercises are still beneficial for your overall health and should be an integral part of your daily exercise.

Types of Pelvic Floor Exercises

Below are three of the most common exercises that can help strengthen your pelvic floor muscles:

Kegel: The most popular form of exercise for the pelvic floor muscles are Kegels. To do these, you will need to contract the pelvic floor muscles, hold for five seconds, then release for five seconds. Repeat this exercise at least 3 times a day in sets of 10.

Squats: Besides strengthening your quads and hamstrings, squats also strengthen pelvic floor muscles. To do a squat, stand upright with your feet shoulder-width apart, bend your knees like you’re about to sit down in a chair, and push yourself back up. Repeat this exercise 3 times a day in sets of 10.

Bridge: Bridges are primarily performed to strengthen the buttocks, but can also help the pelvic floor muscles. To do a bridge, lie down on the floor with your knees bent at a 90-degree angle. Push your hips off the ground by squeezing your glutes and your pelvic floor muscles. Hold this for at least three seconds, then slowly release it back to the ground. Repeat this exercise at least 3 times a day in sets of 10.

If you have any questions or want to learn more about pelvic floor exercises, reach out to the experts at Avant Gynecology on our website or by calling us at 404-352-2850.

On Sunday, February 7, 2021, Avant Gynecology’s Dr. Lynley Durrett and Dr. Obiamaka Mora—both honorees of the 2020 Castle Connolly and Atlanta magazine “Top Docs” list — returned as guests on The Weekly Check-Up on News/Talk WSB Radio.

During the show, Dr. Durrett and Dr. Mora discussed women’s health topics with host, Ashley Frasca, including hormone replacement therapy, contraception, vaginal rejuvenation, uterine fibroids, and took several questions from callers.

Drs. Durrett and Mora were also joined by Dr. Jessica Shepherd, M.D., MBA, an OB/GYN and women’s health expert, to discuss Acessa — a minimally invasive procedure available for the treatment of fibroids—now available at Avant Gynecology.

You can listen to the full show below.

We have all experienced stress. Whether caused by work, school, or personal factors, stress can easily interfere with many elements of your life. But did you know that stress can impact your sex life, leading to low libido? 

Read more from our experts about how stress impacts your sex life!

Decreased Sexual Drive

When we are stressed, a chemical reaction occurs in our brain—also known as the “fight or flight” response—where stress produces too much of the hormone’s cortisol and epinephrine, which can lower libido. Not only does this increase our heart rate and blood pressure, but also decreases the desire to do non-essential functions, like sex. These combined, can also affect the menstrual cycle. 

Distracted Mind During Sex

When you’re stressed, your brain can only focus on one thing: being stressed. 

Having pleasurable sex requires attention, focus, and relaxation. Stress can cause you to have a busy mind and distract you from wanting sex or being present during sex. If you are having sex when you’re stressed or busy thinking of your piling “to do” list, chances are it’s more difficult to enjoy the moment. 

Hoping to turn this around? Having a healthy sex life while controlling stress is possible. Here are a few tips to consider:

  • Communicate with your partner. Communicate with your partner often and communicate honestly. Stress and low libido can affect a relationship. This is why it is important to talk with your partner. Having a general understanding of both parties’ feelings and emotions can often allow for more productive solutions. 
  • Practice self-care. Taking care of yourself and spending time doing things that you enjoy are great tools for managing stress. Tips for practicing self-care can include regular exercising, eating a healthy diet, getting plenty of sleep, doing activities you enjoy, meditation or deep breathing exercises, or spending the day or an evening pampering yourself like taking a bath. 
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Seeking help from a doctor or mental health professional can make very positive impacts on your life. For those with a uterus, stress can also affect your menstrual cycle. It is important to inform your gynecologist about any changes to your period, even from stress. 

If you have further questions about how stress impacts your sex life, reach out to the experts at Avant Gynecology by clicking here or by giving us a call at 404-352-2850.

If you’ve never visited an OBGYN before, it can be a daunting experience going to your first appointment. Not many people are comfortable talking about their reproductive parts, and it can be challenging to do that for the first time with an OBGYN doctor. At Avant Gynecology, our goal is to ensure our patients feel comfortable in our offices. 

OBGYN visits are a vital part of every woman’s health, because it’s important to stay on top of your reproductive health and any potential medical issues, especially if you are or are becoming sexually active. 

If you’re between the age of 13 and 15 years old, or if you’ve been thinking about engaging in sexual activities for the first time, it’s time to schedule an appointment. Here are a few tips on how to prepare for your first OBGYN visit!

 It’s Normal to Be Nervous

We totally understand; doing anything for the first time can be a nerve-wracking experience, especially when it comes to your health. If you’re feeling anxious or nervous, feel free to tell the nurses or OBGYN doctor. They are experts and will do everything they can to make sure you are comfortable during the visit. 

We wrote this guide for how to get over your nerves before visiting your OBGYN! We recommend reading it before your first appointment. 

Research What Happens 

Look up exactly what happens during an OBGYN appointment. Doing this can also help calm any nerves before your appointment. What will the doctor ask you about? What happens doing the physical examination? Will we talk about sexual activity? Can I ask about birth control? These are all great questions to research before your first OBGYN appointment. 

If you’re comfortable, asking your friends and family about their experiences is another valuable resource.

Know What You Want to Talk About 

As humans, it’s easy to forget things. It can be very easy to walk into the doctor’s office and get distracted. There’s so much to see and experience! When preparing for your OBGYN visit, plan out what you want to discuss with your gynecologist. Write down (either on a phone or a piece of paper) questions, concerns, and topics you’d like to talk about with the doctor. Your medical professional will be impressed that you are keeping track of your health!

If you’re ready to schedule your first OBGYN visit, we’d love to see you in our offices. Reach out to the experts at Avant Gynecology by clicking here or by giving us a call at 404-352-2850. We’d also be happy to answer any more questions you might have about how to prepare for your first OBGYN visit. 

A saline-infused sonogram is a procedure that explores the uterus and evaluates the uterine cavity. Often used to discover any abnormalities, the procedure uses sterile liquid to highlight the women’s reproductive system and present anything that might be wrong. 

At Avant Gynecology, we are proud to offer this saline-infused sonogram procedure to patients. Want to learn more? Keep reading below. 

How Does A Saline-Infused Sonogram Work? 

A patient must not be pregnant or in the middle of their menstrual period to receive this sonogram.

Here are the steps:  

  • A probe is placed inside the vagina. 
  • A speculum is then used to place a narrow catheter into the vagina through the cervix and finally into the uterine cavity. 
  • Through the catheter, sterile saline (saltwater), is placed in the uterus and fills it up. 
  • This saltwater solution shows the uterine walls and cavity, showing anything unusual such as fibroids or scar tissue.

Why Would You Need One?

 If a woman shows signs of medical problems—such as abnormal uterine bleeding and multiple miscarriages—a saline-infused sonogram is a way to discover if something is wrong with the vagina and uterus. The procedure is also a great tool for exploring the uterus to see if it was developed improperly.

Are There Any Risks? 

No! A saline-infused sonogram is a very safe procedure except for very rare instances. In those cases, pelvic infections, cramping, spotting, and vaginal discharge may occur. 

If you have further questions about saline-infused sonograms or would like to schedule one for yourself, reach out to the experts at Avant Gynecology by clicking here or by giving us a call at 404-352-2850.