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Dr. Lin Provides Advice for Women's Health Issues

May 23, 2014

Dr. Perry Lin has almost two decades of experience as an obstetrics and gynecological physician specialist. For the past two years he has been caring for patients locally through South Central Kansas Medical Center. His medical specialty allows for him to care for a varied age group and a wide range of women's health conditions.

(Cowley County, Kansas): Dr. Perry Lin has almost two decades of experience as an obstetrics and gynecological physician specialist. For the past two years he has been caring for patients locally through South Central Kansas Medical Center. His medical specialty allows for him to care for a varied age group and a wide range of women's health conditions.

While no two patient's needs are the same, Dr. Lin believes in making patient education a top priority for everyone who sees him. Lin uses the education process to form a partnership with his patients, particularly when dealing with the obstetrical side of his practice.

"I believe that pregnancy and birth are natural processes. However, it does not mean that there is no danger or risks," Dr. Lin said. "The role of physician in managing pregnancy and delivery is to counsel and educate the patient to the extent possible in every medical recommendation provided and decision made, with ultimate goal of cooperating with the patient to ensure a healthy mother and baby at the end of pregnancy."

While Dr. Lin specializes in women's health, he states that patient education should be a key component of any physician visit.

"Ask your physician as much as possible about your condition, status, recommendation and anything else of relevance that comes to your mind. It is the physicians' obligation to educate and explain all recommendations," Dr. Lin said.

One of the most common questions Dr. Lin is asked relates to the appropriate age for women to begin visiting an OB/GYN. According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists an initial gynecologic visit should occur between the ages of 13 years and 15 years.

Visits for younger women typically consist of a general physical exam, and an external genital exam. As a woman ages additional testing will be required such as pelvis exams and Pap tests. Pelvic exams check the health of internal organs, and Pap tests check for abnormal changes in the cervix that could lead to cancer.

"The current recommendation is that if there are no specific risks, problems or symptoms, a young woman should have her first routine Pap smear and pelvic exam starting at age 21," Dr. Lin said.

Lin stresses that more frequent exams are essential if a woman has unusual symptoms, particularly if the symptoms have lasted for several months.

"Most gynecologic disorders could present as bleeding or pain and are largely indistinguishable without medical evaluation," Dr. Lin said.

A common question asked of Lin is his philosophy on alternative medicine, such as acupuncture and herbal remedies.

"I approach alternatives to traditional medicine by keeping an open mind and listening carefully to patients. Very often, little information is available for actual evidence of benefit or harm. I provide non-directive counseling to a patient interested in my opinion about these methods. Every such evaluation is individualized, so I do not rigidly adhere to one generalization," Dr. Lin said.

However, Lin does give one generalization to patients when it comes to medication alternatives.

"I advise patients to be cautious, especially with any alternative medication. A simple rule of thumb to keep in mind is what's on the label is often not included in the bottle, and what's in the bottle is often not listed on the label," Dr. Lin said.

Dr. Lin is highly credentialed, and enjoys sharing his medical insight with all those that are interested. He is willing to speak at area meetings or organizations geared toward women.
"I am readily reachable and available to anyone and everyone who wish to access my knowledge and opinion on any subject within my specialty and subspecialty."

Appointments may be made for his clinic by calling the SCKMC specialty clinic at 441- 5711. Referrals are not required for most insurance, but may vary depending on individual plans. Dr. Lin will also work with area physicians to accept referrals of patients needing specialized care.