Q&A with Enrique Africano, MD, FACOG, FRANZCOG, FPMRS

Gynecology and Obstetric Specialty Services of MMC

Enrique Africano, MD, FACOG, FRANZCOG, FPMRS

What does an OB-GYN do?
An Obstetrician-Gynecologist is a physician who specializes in the care of normal and complicated pregnancy and delivery as well as the treatment of disorders of the female reproductive tract.

How does a Minimally Invasive and Da Vinci certified Gynecologic Pelvic Surgeon differ from the typical OB-GYN?
A Minimally Invasive and Robot-Assisted (Da Vinci) Gynecologic Surgeon is a Gynecologic surgeon, also knows as a MIGS Surgeon, who has additional training and expertise in endoscopic (keyhole) as well as Da Vinci robot-assisted surgery. These surgical approaches, when compared to the more traditional open approaches to gynecologic surgery yield superior cosmetic results, decreased morbidity, a more rapid recovery and greater patient satisfaction.

What services does a urogynecologist provide?
A Urogynecologist, also known as a Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgical Subspecialist (PMRS) is a Gynecologic surgeon with additional training and expertise in the management of disorders of the female pelvic floor support (Cystocele, Rectocele, Uterine prolapse) as well as female incontinence. These sub-specialists emphasize an initial approach via lifestyle modification, physiotherapy and medical management. In cases where conservative measures are not indicated or successful, then the PMRS surgeon has the training and expertise – via minimally invasive, endoscopic, robot-assisted, vaginal or the more traditional abdominal approach – to utilize surgery to optimize function, minimize risk and improve outcomes.

What are three questions patients should ask when coming to see you?

  • How can you assist in long-term family planning?
  • What are my options in the management of irregular or heavy menstrual cycles?
  • What can be done to optimize bladder control, address bladder dysfunction and/or treat symptoms associated with loss of pelvic support?

If you are interested in learning more about how Dr. Enrique Africano can help you navigate your reproductive health concerns call Gynecology and Obstetric Specialty Services of MMC at 715-685-6040 today to learn more. If possible, please seek a referral from you primary care provider as well.