As the head of a private gynecological and obstetrical practice in Plano, TX, Dr. Keith Reisler draws on an in-depth knowledge of the female reproductive cycle. Keith Reisler, MD, uses this knowledge to provide thorough care and hormone replacement therapy to patients in menopause.
Menopause occurs after a woman has experienced her last menstrual period. This means that her ovaries have released their last egg and have stopped producing both estrogen and progesterone. The process typically happens around the age of 51, although the normal range is age 40 to age 55.
Menopause occurs after a period known as perimenopause, or transition. This period consists of the several years leading up to the woman’s last period. During this time, levels of estrogen and progesterone production slow down dramatically. As a result, the woman may experience such symptoms as hot flashes, trouble sleeping, and mood fluctuations.
Medical science defines the end of perimenopause, and thus the beginning of menopause, as one year after a woman’s last menstrual period. About this time, some symptoms may cease to be troublesome. However each woman is unique and some may continue to have bothersome symptoms requiring hormone replacement therapy. Through a woman’s remaining years, patient and doctor must be vigilant against heart disease, osteoporosis, and other conditions that a drop in estrogen may exacerbate.
Based in Plano, TX, Keith Reisler, MD, has almost 30 years of experience as an ob-gyn and is regularly recognized as one of the best doctors in America. In addition to offering comprehensive ob-gyn services, Dr. Keith Reisler has specialized training in minimally invasive procedures, such as the hysteroscopic resection of uterine fibroids.
Hysteroscopic resection is most often used for fibroids located under the inner wall of the uterus that have grown into its inner cavity. The procedure is performed via the patient’s birth canal and involves no external cuts. Many patients are able to go home the same day, with little to no pain from the procedure.
Unlike laparoscopic procedures, which often require several incisions and may keep patients in the hospital overnight or longer, hysteroscopic procedures are performed with a small camera that has a surgical loop attached to its end. In addition to a quick recovery time, hysteroscopic resection maintains the integrity and function of the patient’s uterus so she can still become pregnant and have a normal pregnancy. However, the procedure is not without side effects, and light bleeding for up to four to six weeks is normal.
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
An obstetrician and gynecologist with a private practice in Plano, TX, Dr. Keith Reisler completed his residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Keith Reisler, MD, also serves as a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).
Dedicated to improving women’s health throughout the world, ACOG was established in 1951. The nonprofit organization focuses on educational resources and programs, while its companion organization, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, focuses on advocacy, practice, and research. With nearly 60,000 members, ACOG is open to everyone in the field of women’s health, from medical students to allied educational affiliates.
ACOG membership is divided into categories based on specialty and experience. ACOG fellows are board-certified ob-gyns with current, unrestricted licenses to practice. Fellow membership applications and qualifications are reviewed by the organization’s executive board, a process that can take up to four months.
Dr Keith Reisler
An experienced obstetrician and gynecologist, Keith Reisler, MD, provides a high professional standard of care to women at his Plano, TX-based private practice. Among the many screening methods Dr. Keith Reisler relies on to keep women healthy, Pap smears allow doctors to detect signs of cervical cancer.
The Pap smear is a common diagnostic test that looks for tell-tale changes in vaginal and cervical cells. These changes may signal the presence of cancer or pre-cancerous conditions. Guidelines suggest that women get their first pap smear at age 21 and then undergo follow-up tests in 3 year intervals. However many doctors still recommend yearly Pap smears. Even if Pap smears are performed at less frequency intervals it is still recommended that patients are seen annually for a gynecological exam.
If cervical cancer, a type of cancer caused by the HPV virus, is detected in its early stages, doctors have a better chance of eliminating it before it can spread. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 12,000 American women develop cervical cancer annually. Of those 12,000, about one-third end up dying from the disease.
Board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Keith Reisler, MD, has practiced medicine for over 30 years. Specializing in women’s health, Dr. Keith Reisler of Plano, TX, completed his Obstetrics and Gynecology residency training at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School-Parkland Hospital, and is currently a private practitioner. He is trained in a minimally invasive procedure called hysteroscopy.
A hysteroscopy is a surgical procedure without an incision that allows a clinician to examine the interior of a patient’s uterus. With the use of glycine or normal saline, the uterus is filled and a lighted instrument called a hysteroscope is inserted into the uterus via the vagina and cervix. With minimal invasion, the procedure allows for a surgeon or gynecologist to view and perform medical treatments inside the uterus.
A hysteroscopy may be used to treat abnormal vaginal bleeding via surgical removal of damaged tissue or cauterization with an electric current or laser. Additionally, the procedure allows for a clinician to determine the cause of severe blood loss due to uterine fibroids. Another advantage of a hysteroscopy is the ability for a gynecologist to administer treatment involving medications with significant side effects based on a conclusive diagnosis.
Done on an outpatient basis, a hysteroscopy takes up to 45 minutes and requires either spinal or general anesthesia. In preparation for the procedure, patients are requested to fast and abstain from ingesting any solid food or liquid drinks for up to eight hours before the exam.
Dr Keith Reisler
Having received his medical degree from State University of New York, Downstate College of Medicine, Dr. Keith Reisler of Plano, TX, has practiced healthcare for over 30 years. Specializing in women’s health, Keith Reisler, MD, is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and currently a private practitioner. He is trained in a minimally invasive procedure to remove uterine fibroids with the use of a power morcellator.
Recent findings by the Journal of the American Medical Association – Oncology reports that when a small power tool called a morcellator is used to remove fibroids in the uterus, the likelihood of causing the spread of hidden cancerous tumors inside the abdomen is low. Although reassuring, the device remains under restricted use. In fact Dr. Keith Reisler was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal regarding this subject in an article published April, 2014. At that time Dr Reisler cautioned against the use of this instrument until more studies were available.
The power morcellator uses a rotating blade, allowing a surgeon to break apart uterine fibroids or the uterus itself during a hysterectomy. After the tissue has been morcellated, the remains may be removed via tiny incisions.
While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cautioned clinicians not to use the power morcellator in removing uterine fibroids on most females due to the risk of having undiagnosed cancerous uterine tumors, the FDA states some younger females may still be adequate candidates for use with the device. Chief of gynecologic oncology, Dr. Jason Wright at Columbia University examined over 42,000 cases of females in the United States between 2012 and 2016 who had uterine fibroids removed. Of that, only three females developed uterine cancer from more than 3,200 power morcellator procedures. Dr Keith Reisler still cautions against the use of this instrument in most patients since there is also concern about the spread of endometriosis and fibroid tumors throughout the abdominal cavity with the use of this instrument.