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Specialty care

The right care for you.

Sometimes you need more than primary care — you need to see a specialist. Some OptumCare™ Medical Group locations offer specialty care services right on site. That means you may not need to go somewhere else to get the care you need.

In some cases, your OptumCare Medical Group office may not have the specialty care that you need. If so, your primary care provider will refer you to an in-network specialist. Our primary care providers work closely with specialists in the community. Together, they make sure you get the right care, when you need it.

Your health plan may require that you get a referral from your primary care provider before you can see a specialist. Your primary care provider will submit a request called a referral authorization to your medical group. Your primary care provider’s office will let you know when your medical group has approved the referral. At that point, you can schedule an appointment with the specialist.

You can find specialists at some OptumCare Medical Group locations. These specialists may include:

OB/GYN

An OB/GYN doctor is trained to take care of diseases and conditions of a woman's reproductive system. These doctors specialize in obstetrics (OB) and gynecology (GYN).

OB/GYNs who are part of OptumCare Medical Group offer routine and complex care for women. They offer pelvic exams, breast exams and Pap smears. They also give advice on various types of birth control and can screen women for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Many women see an OB/GYN for care before, during and after pregnancy. You may also have an annual well-woman visit with an OB/GYN. But this does not take the place of your annual wellness visit with your primary care provider.

You don’t need a referral from your primary care provider to make an appointment with an in-network OB/GYN.

Some of the conditions that are most often treated by an OB/GYN include:

  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Bacterial vaginosis
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Endometriosis
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Fibroid cysts
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Lack of menstruation
  • Menopause issues
  • Painful periods
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • STDs
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Yeast infections

Endocrinology

Endocrinologists take care of patients who have conditions of the endocrine glands. These glands release hormones that affect a number of the body’s activities, including reproduction, metabolism, growth and development. The glands found in the endocrine system include the thyroid, parathyroid, pancreas, ovaries, testes, adrenal, pituitary and hypothalamus. Endocrinologists help restore hormonal balance in the body.

Some conditions that an endocrinologist can take care of include:

  • Adrenal disorders (when the adrenal glands produce too much or not enough hormones), including Addison’s disease and Cushing’s syndrome
  • Diabetes
  • Growth hormone deficiency
  • High blood pressure
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
  • Low testosterone
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Parathyroid disorders, including hyperparathyroidism (too much hormone) and hypoparathyroidism (too little hormone)
  • Obesity
  • Osteoporosis
  • Thyroid disorders, including hyperthyroidism (too much thyroid hormone), hypothyroidism (too little thyroid hormone), thyroid cancer and thyroid disease

 

Sports medicine

A sports medicine doctor takes care of patients who have sports-related injuries and conditions. They treat both athletes and people who are active for fun and leisure. A sports medicine doctor treats all types of injuries related to an active lifestyle. Their goal is to help you get back to your active lifestyle as soon as possible.

Sports medicine doctors treat a wide variety of conditions such as:

  • Broken bones
  • Bursitis
  • Concussion
  • Dislocations
  • Hip pain
  • Shin splints
  • Sprains and strains
  • Tears (ligaments)
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis elbow

 

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