Plaza Towers OBGYN -  - OB-GYN

Plaza Towers OBGYN

OB-GYNs located in Westchester, Los Angeles, CA & Santa Monica, CA

Treatment Of Abnormal Pap Smear Specialist

Abnormal Pap smear results may be a sign of cancer or they can be caused by something far less worrisome like a common yeast infection. Dr. Chang is skilled in diagnosing the causes of abnormal Pap tests so women in and around Santa Monica, CA, can get the most appropriate care.

Treatment of Abnormal Pap Smear Q&A

What does it mean if I have an abnormal Pap smear?

Abnormal Pap smear results can be caused by lots of factors. The most common cause is the human papilloma virus (HPV). HPV is actually a family of viruses that affect most sexually active people at some point in their lives. While in most cases it clears up on its own, some types of HPV can persist and may even cause genital warts. A few types of HPV have been associated with an increased risk of cervical cancer. Sometimes, an abnormal Pap result may occur as a result of a yeast infection or other infection or sexually transmitted disease. In a few cases, it can occur because of the presence or cancerous or precancerous cells.

How can Dr. Chang determine the cause of my abnormal results?

If you have an abnormal Pap test, Dr. Chang will use a simple procedure called a colposcopy to look at the cells of your cervix and evaluate them for abnormal changes. A colposcopy is performed is much the same way as a Pap test. A speculum will be used to gently widen your vagina, and a special solution will be applied to your cervix to help highlight abnormal cells. An instrument called a colposcope is used for the exam. A colposcope has a tiny camera and magnifying lenses that enable Dr. Chang to perform a thorough assessment of abnormal cells. When he feels it's necessary to remove a small sample of cells (a biopsy) for further microscopic evaluation, he can remove the cells during the exam without the need for a separate procedure.

Do abnormal results mean I'm going to develop cancer?

No, most abnormal results do not indicate cancer. If Dr. Chang believes the cells look “suspicious,” he'll perform a biopsy so they can be further evaluated.


Words from our patients

  • Yelp

    "Dr. Lawrence Bruksch is a fabulous OB/GYN. I've been his patient for eighteen years and have been very pleased with his knowledge, care and professionalism."

    Jena J.
  • Yelp

    "I've had to have a couple of procedures performed, and I felt comfortable in his hands. I would highly recommend him."

    Kitty A.
  • Yelp

    "Excellent!! I'm so happy they opened up a location in Westchester. The service is great and the doctors are amazing!"

    Kathryn B.
  • Yelp

    "Dr. Chang is great, I highly recommend him. I gave birth to my son Luca under his care, I would go back with him again."

    Barbara RV.
  • Yelp

    "I love going to appointments because they were so thoughtful and answered all my questions (and as a first time mom, I had a lot)."

    C. Nangle
  • Yelp

    "I highly recommend Dr. Bruksch for anyone who is seeking great care and a knowledgeable and trustworthy doctor."

    Sadie S.
  • RateMDs

    "He answered all my questions, & then helped fix symptoms I thought couldn't be helped. I am now living much better than before & am appreciative that I saw Dr. Chang!"

  • RateMDs

    "I love Plaza Towers! I've been going to this doc's office since 2008, they took care of both my pregnancies."

  • Yelp

    "I would recommend Dr Chang to anyone and we are truly forever thankful for his knowledge and for sincerely caring for us."

    Adriana R.
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    "They were all professional, efficient and were patient answering the zillion questions I had. I would recommend any doctor in this practice without exception."

    Kate A.
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