Obstetrics & Gynecology
Sansum Clinic is proud to be home of the largest Obstetrics & Gynecology (Ob/Gyn) practices in Santa Barbara. Women's healthcare is primarily concerned with reproductive health in the childbearing years through menopause.
Our Obstetricians and Gynecologists conduct annual well-woman exams and address other routine issues, and all Ob/Gyn servcies are offered at three locations. Please click on the links below for phone, fax, hours and directions:
Ob/Gyn - Obstetrics & Gynecology Services
We routinely provide the following women's health services:
- Pelvic exams
- Pap smears
- Loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP)
- Pelvic ultrasound
- Prenatal care
- Delivery of normal and high risk pregnancies
In-office, same-day, nursing appointments are conveniently offered for minor concerns such as blood pressure checks and screening for urine infections.
Our board certified obstetrical and gynecological (Ob/Gyn) physicians and nurse practitioners are devoted to primary care and reproductive medical care for women. We provide age-appropriate care to all women throughout the lifespan, from adolescents to older adults.
da Vinci Hysterectomy
If your doctor recommends hysterectomy, you may be a candidate for da Vinci Hysterectomy, one of the most effective, least invasive treatment options for a range of uterine conditions. da Vinci Hysterectomy is performed using the da Vinci™ Surgical System, which enables surgeons to perform with unmatched precision and control – using only a few small incisions.
For most patients, da Vinci Hysterectomy can offer numerous potential benefits over traditional approaches to vaginal, laparoscopic or open abdominal hysterectomy, particularly when performing more challenging procedures like radical hysterectomy for gynecologic cancer. Potential benefits include:
- Significantly less pain
- Less blood loss
- Fewer complications
- Less scarring
- A shorter hospital stay
- A faster return to normal daily activities
Moreover, da Vinci provides the surgeon with a superior surgical tool for dissection and removal of lymph nodes during cancer operations, as compared to traditional open or minimally invasive approaches.1
da Vinci Hysterectomy also allows your surgeon better visualization of anatomy, which is especially critical when working around delicate and confined structures like the bladder. This means that surgeons have a distinct advantage when performing a complex, radical hysterectomy involving adhesions from prior pelvic surgery or non-localized cancer, or an abdominal hysterectomy. 2
As with any surgery, these benefits cannot be guaranteed, as surgery is both patient- and procedure-specific. While radical hysterectomy or abdominal hysterectomy performed using the da Vinci Surgical System are considered safe and effective, these procedures may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.
Learn More. If you are a candidate for hysterectomy, talk to a gynecologist or gynecologic oncologist (a cancer specialist) who performs da Vinci Hysterectomy.
1.Boggess JF. da Vinci® Hysterectomy for Endometrial Cancer with Staging. Presented at ISI WWSSM 1/06. 871391_rev B_dVH Endometrial Cancer Presentation
2. UNC Department of Obstetric & Gynecology Health & Healing in the Triangle Vol 8 No 3 pp 22-23.
While clinical studies support the effectiveness of the da Vinci® System when used in minimally invasive surgery, individual results may vary. Surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.
For additional information on minimally invasive surgery with the da Vinci® Surgical System visit www.davincisurgery.com
Sansum Clinic physicians Dr. Carin Craig and Dr. David Raphael are specially trained in the use of the da Vinci surgical system.
Nurse by Phone and Translation Services
A telephone advice nurse is available to you from Monday through Friday during business hours. An advice nurse can answer your questions and facilitate your appointment needs. Advice nursing staff works closely with all providers to ensure that you are seen in a timely manner according to individual needs. They are frequently able to address problems over the phone.
Healthcare providers are available to communicate with patients in English or Spanish. Each has a personal medical assistant (MA) who assists you during your visit and with any follow-up questions for your provider.
The Obstetrics and Gynecology staff collaborates closely with the other Sansum Clinic departments and specialties. A streamlined computer system gives Ob/Gyn instant access to pertinent medical records and lab results from all your providers at Sansum Clinic, ensuring that we have the most up-to-date information on your important medical history. As a team, our care is always devoted to your good health.
We also work closely with, and refer to, leading specialists and care centers.