Peyman Banooni, MD
OB-GYN located in Beverly Hills, CA
Dr. Peyman Banooni is an OB/GYN who treats and cares for women of all ages in and around the Beverly Hills area and has dedicated his life to giving his patients the care the need. He earned his medical degree from the University of California- San Diego in 1999 and completed his residency at the Cedar-Sinai Medical Center.
Abnormal Pap Smear Q & A
What Does It Mean When Your Pap Smear is Abnormal?
A pap smear allows doctors to view the cells from a woman’s cervix and determine if there are any issues present. When a pap smear is returned as abnormal it means that the cells collected have shown some abnormal changes and they could be cancerous.
What Causes Cells to Appear Abnormal?
Cells collected from the cervix can be affected by a variety of conditions. The most common results include cells which fall into three categories irregular or irritated, precancerous, and cancerous. Irregular or irritated cells can be caused by inflammation, which is usually caused by an infection, or hyperkeratosis, which is the presence of dried skin cells which usually result from using or cervical cap or diaphragm. Precancerous cells are just that, cells which appear to be in the stages just before being deemed malignant or cancerous. These cells, in addition to cells which may be irritated, will usually require further testing. Cancerous cells can also be found and this condition will require testing and usually a treatment or procedure to examine and/or remove the cells.
What Treatments Are Used for Abnormal Cells?
Treatment for abnormal cells will depend on what is found during the exam. If the cause of the abnormal reading is an infection or irritation, then a prescription could be given by the doctor for antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, or another form of medication. If the cells are precancerous the doctor will need to examine them and perhaps perform a biopsy. When a biopsy reveals the cells to be cancerous or if cancerous cells were found during the initial exam the doctor will most likely recommend that the tissue is removed during surgery. If the cancerous tissue is larger more invasive surgeries may be required. Your doctor will discuss any and all options available with you should there be abnormal cells present.
Our practice has agreements in place with most major insurance companies, but if you are a new patient it is advisable that you contact our office in advance so we may address any coverage issues. Please note that our practice does not accept HMO insurance carriers.
For services either not fully covered by your health insurance provider, or for visits that are only partially covered by your insurance company we typically bill you separately.
Of course we recognize that often times when it comes to healthcare patients are processing many different thoughts, feelings and emotions. We aim to make our billing as transparent and clear as possible but should you have ANY questions regarding a bill received by our office please feel comfortable contacting us.
Further, in advance of a visit, should you have ANY questions regarding either what might or might not be covered by your insurance company we strongly encourage you to call our offices and we will be happy to review with you.
Words from our patients
"I cannot say enough wonderful things about Dr. Banooni and his office. I am so happy to have him as my doctor!"
"Dr. Banooni is one of the BEST OBGYN's out there! I have been going to him for over 7 years now and he has always been very professional, attentive, and caring."
"Dr Banooni took care of me during a hard period in my life. He was very knowledgeable, caring, and assertive during the whole process. I would not go to anyone else."