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Published on November 01, 2016

Care close to home for complex women's health issues

Robert Holness

Gundersen Obstetrician/Gynecologist Robert Holness, MD, provides comprehensive women’s health services including surgery for patients in Tomah, Sparta and Hillsboro.

Samantha Goodenough had enough. The Tomah resident's monthly menstrual cycle lasted nine to 20 days and was accompanied by heavy bleeding and painful cramps. The bleeding was so heavy it interrupted her sleep multiple times nightly.

"When I'd have my [menstrual cycle] I was really limited with what I could do because I was so miserable," Samantha shares. "In the mornings I was so drained, sometimes it was hard to even get out of bed."

Women like Samantha who live near Tomah, Sparta and Hillsboro now have access to more obstetric and gynecology services close to home when visiting their nearest Gundersen Clinic. Gundersen has expanded women's health offerings with the expertise of obstetrician/gynecologist Robert Holness, MD.

Robert Holness, MD, Gundersen obstetrician/gynecologist

Dr. Holness is based in Tomah and also sees patients at Gundersen Sparta Clinic and Gundersen St. Joseph's Hospital and Clinics Hillsboro. Women have had access to routine obstetrical and annual gynecological care at all three locations for years. With Dr. Holness on staff, specialized care is available for women with more complex issues, including:

  • Irregular periods
  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Pelvic pain
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Bladder problems
  • Abnormal Pap tests
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Ovarian cysts

Samantha's decision to have a hysterectomy wasn't reached easily. "I did a lot of thinking about it. The first time I met with Dr. Holness I asked a lot of questions. He was so easy to talk to and informative. He made me feel completely comfortable."

Of her surgical experience, Samantha says, "I would recommend Dr. Holness one hundred times over. He made me feel very safe. He was right there to help me with any questions or problems. I cannot say enough good things about him."

Samantha's quality of life has improved dramatically since seeing Dr. Holness. "I spring right out of bed now! I feel so much better."

Dr. Holness provides prenatal care and delivers babies too. He's also skilled with high-risk pregnancies and Cesarean deliveries. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Holness, contact Gundersen Tomah Clinic at (608) 372-4111.

Love + Medicine

Every day, Gundersen Health System staff deliver great medicine plus a little something extra—we call it Love + Medicine.

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