Girl Talk With Dr. Barbie Sullivan, May 25

Ob/Gyn Dr. Barbie Sullivan will be online Wednesday, May 25, 2011 from 8 to 9 p.m. CST to answer your questions. Post your questions at any time. Check back Wednesday to ask a question while she is online.

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Dr. Sullivan earned her medical degree at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where she also completed her residency and internship in obstetrics and gynecology. She is board certified by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Sullivan and her husband have three children.

Note: The following is a transcript from the original Q&A posted May 25, 2011.

12 Responses to “Girl Talk With Dr. Barbie Sullivan, May 25

  1. Cynthia Duncan says:

    Dear Dr. Sullivan, I had a full hysterectomy 3 years ago.I chose not to take estragen,but now I have a lot of peach fuzz on my face. I told my husband,don’t bother kissing me,you can just pet me So my question is this…
    Is there a natural cure on the market to alleviate this peach fuzz? Thank You, Cynthia Duncan

  2. Susan Rogers says:

    I have a fiboid measuring 7cm. It has grown over the last nine years slowly and now I’m told that I need something like a c-section to remove it. Are there any other alternatives?

  3. Elizabeth says:

    What other options are available to treat genital warts other than freezing? Can you do more than one type of treatment?

  4. Kathy says:

    If your Vitamin D level is low (less than 30), what initial dosage of Vitamin D
    do you recommend and how long do you recommend to be on this loading
    dose? And then after this loading dose, what daily dosage do you
    recommend? And then when do you recommend to get the Vitamin D level

  5. Dr. Barbie says:

    The recommended dose of vit D is 400-2000 IU per day for the average person. When a person is diagnosed as vit D deficient then the replacement depends on the severity of the deficiency which you physician can help you with. It is not recommended to take 50,000IU weekly for more than 2-3 mos and I usually recommend repeating a level at 3 months with the higher dose replacement. It’s important that you take the higher levels with your physicians supervision.

  6. Dr. Barbie says:

    Genital warts can be treated in the office with TCA (an acid that burns them off) or podophyllin topically. These treatments usually require multiple applications. There is a cream called Aldara that increases your body’s immune system to reduce the warts. The cream is used on Mon, Wed and Friday for up to 16 weeks. There are times where we treat genital warts surgically with excision (cutting them off), laser or cautery (burning).

  7. Dr. Barbie says:

    There used to be only one option for removing uterine fibroids and keeping the uterus and that was a procedure like a C/S involving an incision on the abdomen and into the uterus. Some fibroids can be removed laparoscopically but this is a very difficult procedure only used for certain fibroids. The best removal method I have used is the Davinci Robot for removing fibroids, especially a single large one like the one you describe. It can be performed outpatient meaning you go home the same day as the surgery is done. We typically only recommend removing the fibroid in women who still want to have children because they do tend to come back. If fibroids are symptomatic (heavy bleeding/pain/pressure/etc) then generally a hysterectomy is recommended if you are finished having children. This can also be done robotic assisted.

  8. Dr. Barbie says:

    There is a prescription product called vaniqa for unwanted hair growth and of course you can use the usual methods-shaving, plucking, Nair, or even laser for removal.

  9. susan says:

    Thank you for answering my question about fibroids. You mentioned the robot for a hysterectomy. Can you tell me more about this procedure? Thanks again!

  10. Dr. Barbie says:

    The Davinci Robot is a form of laparoscopic surgery that is done through 3 or 4 very small incisions on the abdomen. It usually requires about 24 hours in the hospital and then 2-4 weeks off of work depending on the type of work you do. The advantage is that it is minimally invasive so you have less risk of infection and post operative complications like bleeding and bowel issues.

  11. susan says:

    I will make an appointment with you as I used to be your patient. One last question…what type of anesthesia is used?
    Oh this was in regard to the Davinci Robot surgery for hysterectomty.

  12. Dr. Barbie says:

    We use general anesthesia for this procedure.



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