Women’s Health

Women have unique, even exclusive health issues, and Salerno Medical Associates (SMA) is all about women taking care of women. It is also about accessibility and the comfort and peace of mind of being treated by a board-certified female physician.

“It is being gender sensitive, time sensitive and prevention sensitive,” says Dr. Alexander Salerno, administrative head of the second-generation business started by his physician parents, Doctors Alphonse and Svetlana Salerno, who have a combined 105 years of treating patients in the communities of East Orange and Newark.

Women’s health covers a wide spectrum of medical issues found only in women, but even those that impact both men and women often affect women differently.

Women have unique health issues. Among our services exclusive to women treated by female physicians are:

  • pelvic exams and Pap smears collecting cells from the cervix
  • birth control including IUD placement
  • noninvasive pelvic ultrasounds evaluating organs and structures within the female pelvis
  • noninvasive transvaginal ultrasounds for imagery of the female reproductive organs


“We try to accommodate people’s lifestyles and schedules rather than asking them to come when it is convenient to us and our schedule,” Dr. Salerno assures, noting that it can be two to three months to get an appointment with many GYN doctors while SMA routinely sets up appointments within days.

Pap smears are still the number one way to screen for female cancers and our focus is first on prevention of disability and disease. It is an integral process and by the time symptoms appear there is already a foundation laid.


Health Care Report Cards Build a Foundation…

Among the keys are healthcare report cards for every patient which are revisited in conjunction with every visit throughout the patient’s cycle. These report cards are based on U.S. Task Force guidelines, and include, of course, the patient’s medical history and family factors and genetics that increase risks for diseases.


Health issues peculiar to women include pregnancymenopause, and the female organs, but screenings for breast cancer, cervical cancerand bone density are also more important for women. Human papillomavirus (HPV) affects both men and women in different ways. It is the virus that causes cervical cancer in women and genital warts in men and women. The HPV vaccine effectively prevents infection with the HPV types responsible for most cervical cancers and can also prevent genitalwarts.


What are other conditions that affect women differently that we screen, identify and treat?

— Vascular conditions are more common with women because there are risk factors related to childbirth. Multiple pregnancies increase weight and circulatory pressure over the years and therefore back-flow in veins. Vein insufficiency is more common with women due to these risk factors and varicose veins and spider veins are also the visible consequences of this.

—Urinary tract infections are more common in women. A board-certified urologist in available weekly to deal with diagnosis and treatment of conditions involving the urinary tract ((kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra).

—HPV strikes women with cervical cancer and we bring early intervention through diagnosis and treatment.

—Women are more likely to die from a heart attack than men. Our high standards for imaging services provide additional prevention tools for female patients.

—Women are more likely to show signs of depression and anxiety than men and our board-certified staff neurologist also diagnoses and treats dementia, Alzheimers, vascular dementia, reversible dementia and delirium, as well as movement disorders common among geriatric patients.


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