Women’s Health

Indiana University Health physicians improve women’s well-being through personalized, patient-centered healthcare. Our highly skilled doctors provide services throughout Indiana, offering convenient care for women at every stage of life.

Our expert physicians have advanced training and years of experience in obstetrics and gynecology. We place special emphasis on preventive medicine and early detection of health problems. Our services include Pap smears, pregnancy care, contraception counseling, gynecologic surgery and menopause treatment.

Examples of services offered at Indiana University Health West Hospital and the Women's Center at Indiana University Health West Hospital include:

We provide the full continuum of care, from routine exams to diagnosis and treatment, for women of all ages.

Diagnostic & Imaging Services

The Women's Center at IU Health West Hospital offers a number of diagnostic and imaging services for women, including:

  • 3D Mammography
  • Breast ultrasound
  • DEXA scan (diagnoses osteoporosis)
  • Mammogram
  • Breast MRI
  • Breast biopsy

These services aid us in diagnosing conditions so we can apply proper treatments.

Breast Care & Research Center

At Indiana University Health West Hospital, our board certified breast care physicians work together to provide comprehensive care using the latest technologies and methods to diagnose and treat all breast conditions, including breast cancer.

Our Breast Care & Research Center provides specialized care for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and other breast conditions. With a 48-hour consult, you can meet with a highly skilled breast specialist, get your questions answered and learn about treatment options within 48 hours of diagnosis. There is no single, best breast cancer treatment plan; courses of treatment can and should be tailored to your individual needs. By understanding you and understanding your disease, our team can map out the optimal treatment or combination of treatments for you.

A full spectrum of breast cancer treatment options is available including surgery to remove cancerous tissue, radiation therapy and medical oncology. After diagnosis, our breast care specialists will guide you through treatment and recovery. If you are diagnosed with breast cancer, a Cancer Care Guide will help you coordinate visits with specialists, laboratory tests and imaging exams. IU Health West Hospital also provides a Lymphedema Treatment Program.

Minimally Invasive Surgery for Women

IU Health West Hospital offers you the opportunity to explore the latest in gynecological minimally invasive surgery options that can significantly reduce hospitalization and recovery time. Most surgeries are performed on an outpatient basis, meaning you will not spend the night in the hospital. Our surgery team will provide you with the information you need to quickly recover at home with minimal pain.

Laparoscopic Supracervical Hysterectomy

A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of all or part of the uterus. Laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy (LSH) is a partial hysterectomy that preserves the cervix and often the ovaries, removing only the uterus. The benefit of this is the body's ability to avoid vaginal dryness, a side effect of other types of hysterectomies. Because this procedure is laparoscopic, recovery is significantly faster and less painful than recovery from traditional surgery.

Total Laparoscopic Hysterectomy

Total laparoscopic hysterectomy (TLH) involves removing the uterus by operating only through the laparoscopes in the abdomen, starting at the top of the uterus. The uterus is disconnected using long, thin instruments through small incisions. Once disconnected, all tissue is removed through the vagina through half-inch abdominal incisions. Scarring is minimal, with abdominal scarring consisting of just two to four half-inch incisions: one inside the belly button, one just above the pubic bone and one just to the middle side of the front of each hip bone.

Single-Incision Laparoscopic Surgery

IU Health West Hospital is one of only a few hospitals in the country that perform hysterectomies using an advanced, minimally invasive surgical procedure called Single-Incision Laparoscopic Surgery (SILS). SILS allows the surgeon to perform a hysterectomy through a single thumb-size incision in the belly button. While a traditional abdominal hysterectomy results in a six- to eight-week-long recovery period, a SILS patient may be back to most of her normal activities in about one week. The SILS procedure eliminates the impact to the patient's abdominal core muscles, contributing to the markedly reduced recovery time.