Welcome to The Iowa Clinic Women’s Center
Our goal is to provide personalized, comprehensive and coordinated care for women of all ages. We are dedicated to advancing the health, well-being and self-esteem of women in Central Iowa.
The Iowa Clinic Women’s Center is made up of a team of primary care and OB/GYN providers supported by a large team of breast care specialists. If something is found during a breast exam or mammogram, we have the unique ability to offer you coordinated care so you aren’t left waiting and wondering what’s next. From primary care, to general surgery, surgical oncology, plastic surgery and medical imaging, we have the experts you need and want on your team.
Physicians & Providers
Surgical Breast Clinic
While surgery for breast cancer isn’t always necessary, many times it’s imperative for patients battling the disease. When you choose The Iowa Clinic you can be assured that a multidisciplinary approach is used when recommending the best course of treatment. The Iowa Clinic has a team of board certified surgeons who evaluate and consider several factors when making a treatment recommendation. Our surgeons are some of the best in the state in both patient care and surgical outcomes giving confidence and peace of mind to those who need it most.
The Iowa Clinic’s breast surgeons were integral in developing Central Iowa’s first nationally recognized accredited breast program at the John Stoddard Cancer Center.
Receiving care from surgeons of a nationally accredited breast center ensure patients will have access to:
- Comprehensive care, including a full range of state-of-the-art services
- A multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best treatment options
- Information about on-going clinical trails and new treatment options
The Iowa Clinic Surgery Department has five board certified surgeons who specialize in breast and guarantee a surgical consultation within two business days.
Caring for patients in three locations:
West Des Moines | 5950 University Avenue | 515-875-9795
Michael Mohan, MD
Des Moines | 1212 Pleasant Street, Suite 211 | 515-283-1541
Gerald Baker, MD
Jeffrey Dietzenbach, MD
Scott Hamling, MD
Daniel Kollmorgen, MD
Ankeny | 1410 SW Tradition Drive | 515-283-1541
Jeffrey Dietzenbach, MD
When Should I have a Mammogram?
Yearly screening mammograms are recommended starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health. If you notice any changes with either breast, or have a family history of breast cancer, you should consult your primary care provider to determine whether you should have a screening mammogram before the age of 40.
Digital mammography is superior at detecting breast cancer. During a mammogram a low-dose x-ray is taken to produce detailed images of the breast allowing the radiologist to look for changes in breast tissue that cannot be felt during a breast exam. A certified mammography technologist will take the x-ray images of the breast and a board-certified radiologist will examine the images to look for masses and calcifications. A report will be issued to your primary healthcare provider and a letter will be sent to you summarizing the results. Should further evaluation be necessary, you will be contacted either by medical imaging or your primary care provider.
Breast tomosynthesis, often referred to as 3D mammography, is a new technology that converts digital breast images into a stack of very thin layers to build a three dimensional mammogram.
3D mammography is most beneficial for women with:
// Dense breast tissue per mammographic image
// Patients with a greater than 20% lifetime risk of developing breast cancer per risk evaluation
// Certain patients who have had an abnormal mammogram
3D mammography is slightly higher in radiation than the standard 2D mammogram. If the radiologist determines that additional views are needed to further evaluate your breast, you will be contacted by a mammography technologist to schedule a follow-up appointment.
The additional information in this book gives an overview of all of the services related to breast imaging and care offered through the Women’s Center. The Iowa Clinic offers a variety of options to help diagnose and treat breast cancer, not all services mentioned here will be needed for most women.
Screening vs. Diagnostic Mammogram
// Screening Mammography is used as a preventative measure for women who have no symptoms of breast disease. A screening mammogram usually involves two views of each breast.
// Diagnostic Mammography involves additional views of the breast and is used when an abnormality is found during screening, or in women who have breast complaints. A mammogram cannot prove that an abnormal area is cancer. To confirm whether cancer is present, a small amount of tissue must be removed and examined under a microscope. To learn more about this, please refer to the breast biopsy and MRI sections.
Contrast Enhanced Spectral Mammography
Contrast Enhanced Spectral Mammography (CESM) can be used as a secondary tool when results from a mammogram are found inconclusive. CESM uses an intravenous contrast agent (similar to a CT scan) to compare two images and highlight the areas with abnormal blood flow or lesions, allowing the physician to see and make a diagnosis. CESM offers clarity to patients with dense breast tissue and may be used in situations where a patient is unable to have an MRI.
At The Iowa Clinic we believe that the way you look and feel about yourself is essential for achieving a positive self-image. Our expertise in plastic surgery procedures and commitment to personalized care offer you the opportunity to enhance your natural beauty and achieve the look you’ve always wanted.
During your first consultation with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons, you’ll recognize our commitment to excellence in both clinical care and individualized patient service. We are dedicated to providing state-off-the-art techniques in plastic surgery procedures you desire.
For additional information, including before and after pictures, click here.
At The Iowa Clinic Women’s Center we have a team of board certified urology and ob/gyn physicians who understand that incontinence and bladder control problems can sometimes be uncomfortable to talk about. We want you to feel at ease discussing your concerns openly with one of our specialists with the assurance of complete confidentiality and compassion. We also have physical therapists who can partner with your physician to help improve or eliminate your incontinence.
The Iowa Clinic has a team of family medicine and internal medicine providers practicing in eight communities throughout the metro area.
To find a family medicine provider click here.
To find an internal medicine provider click here.
Services & Treatments
Delivering at Iowa Methodist, Methodist West and Mercy Medical Center
Whether you are a woman thinking about starting a family or you’re facing menopause, the Women’s Center offers access to a team of 10 board-certified physicians and five experienced mid-level providers, all dedicated in the fields of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Click here to see a complete list of our providers and locations.
Diagnosis and treatment of:
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding
- Infections of female organs
- Cancer of female organs
- Pelvic pain
- Infertility and endocrinology problems
- 3D Mammography
- Comprehensive Breast Care
- Internal Medicine
- Plastic Surgery
- Medical Imaging & Screening
- Vein Therapy
- Prenatal, General and High-Risk Obstetrical Care
- General Physical Examinations (Including Pap Smears)
- Adolescent Gynecology
- Abnormal pap smears evaluated by colposcopy
- Surgical procedures related to the female reproductive organs
- Family Planning and Counseling In Methods of Birth Control
- Urinary Incontinence Evaluation and Treatment
- Colorectal Cancer Screening
5950 University Avenue
West Des Moines, IA 50266
1410 SW Tradition Drive
Ankeny, IA 50023
1212 Pleasant Street
Des Moines, IA 50309
1215 Pleasant Street
Des Moines, IA 50309