Dr. Dennis Higginbotham

American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
PITTSBURG, KS
32 years experience male

Locations

Dennis G. Higginbotham, MD

PITTSBURG, KS

Address

#3 Medical Center Circle, PITTSBURG, KS
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
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Practice website

Fax

(620) 231-2912

Insurances accepted

Coventry Health Care

Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Kansas

Aetna Life Insurance Company

American Heritage Life Insurance Company

Anthem BC Life & Health Insurance Company

Cigna

CoreSource

Humana Insurance Company

Preferred Care

Principal Financial Group

Prudential Insurance Company of America

State Farm Insurance Companies

UNICARE

United HealthCare Insurance Company

About

Bio

ABOG certified 1997 and current with maintenance of certification requirements. Diplomate of ABOG. Member of ACOG and the Kansas Medical Society. Trained in Minimally invasive da Vinci robotic surgery.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Gynecology

Obstetrics and Gynecology

Urogynecology

Licenses

United States: Kansas, Missouri

Doctor Q&A

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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Yes, probably: A tubal ligation is a surgical procedure, therefore you would need to see someone with surgical priviledges - usually an ob/gyn, sometimes a general s... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Variable: Some people with rectal prolapse will have pain with bowel movements, most will have occasional bright red blood from the rectum due to irritation of ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Patience: It can take a normal couple up to 18 months to achieve a conception. If you are having regular monthly cycles, have no history of std's, and no healt... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Probably normal: It is normal to have some vaginal discharge. When you are pregnant the discharge will usually increase and the further along in your pregnancy, the m... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Definitive sign: A urine pregnancy test will be positive by the time your period is due. That along with your missed period is likely the earliest and first indicatio... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
No: A peritonsillar abscess may well require surgical drainage. Adjunctive treatment with antibiotics would also be indicated. Neither of these modaliti... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Single dose: Bacterial vaginosis (bv) is usually treated with an oral antibiotic taken twice each day for seven days. That same antibiotic can be taken in a higher... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Close: Severe dysplasia is the diagnosis for tissue that is markedly abnormal, but with still some features of normal tissue evident on biopsy - some cells w... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Yes: The procedures can easily be performed together. It only requires coordination between the surgeons.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
No: Sex itself does not cause an abnormal pap smear or dysplasia. However sexually transmitted viruses (hpv) are associated with cervical dysplasia and c... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
STD: Trichomonas is an std. If you are treated and the infection goes away, then when it returns you have been reinfected. You partner or partners, and al... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
OCPs decrease libido: Combination oral contraceptives increase sex hormone binding globulin(shbg) in your blood. The increased shbg binds testosterone which can lower the ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Same: The precautions would be the same as for a complete hysterectomy.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Clear or white: A normal vaginal discharge will vary in appearance, consistancy, and volume during the menstrual cycle. Near ovulation the discharge is usually clear... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Menopause: As long as a women is ovulating, she could potentially conceive. However as she ages, her fertility will decrease due to the age of her eggs. General... Read More
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A 57-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Clear or white: The normal vaginal discharge is clear or white. After menopause there may be less vaginal discharge due to the lower estrogen levels. Green, gray, or... Read More
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A 67-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Various reasons: Postmenopausal spotting or bleeding can occur for a variety of reasons. It could be as simple as a vaginal infection (yeast or bacterial), a bladder ... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Depends: If you used latex paint, there would be no problem because it is water based and does not contain any solvents that could affect an unborn baby. If y... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Varies: The endometrial biopsy is usually done to assess for cancer. Postmenopausal bleeding always warrants evaluation either by emb or by d;c. Abnormal blee... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Probably: Trichomonas is a parasitic organism that can cause a variety of symptoms like discharge, itch, urinary frequency, rash, abdominal bloating, abdominal ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Varies: Yeast, atrophy, infection, granulation tissue, and cancer are some of the possibilities. See your doctor for an exam.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Fibrocystic tissue: The most common reason for significant breast tenderness is fibrocystic breast disease. The Depo-Provera shot probably suppressed your ovaries which l... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Depends: You should be able to travel as soon as you want and are able after your delivery. For many women travel is ok within a couple weeks afte delivery.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Genetic testing: Prenatal diagnostic testing usually involves obtaining fetal tissue from the uterus. That is typically done early (about 9 to 11 weeks) in a pregnanc... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Sono finding: The nuchal translucency is a layer of fluid located at the back of the neck of the first trimester fetus. A thickened nuchal translucency can be an i... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
About 18 weeks: While fetal sex determination can be done as early as 10 weeks by chorionic villus sampling for dna testing - this is an invasive procedure not in gen... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Tissue stretching: The round ligaments are normally about 1 to 2 inches long. During pregnancy these ligaments will stretch to about 6 or 8 inches long. As that stretch... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Don't: You do not need to douche. Normal bathing is adequate and besides, the vagina cleans itself. If you are having a problem with discharge, see your doc... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Yes, more or less: You can safely do anything while you are pregnant that you did before you were pregnant. However as your tummy gets bigger, you may need to decrease ... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Usually not: Most physicians allow their patients to resume their normal activities after an amniocentesis. Some physicians do recommend bed rest for a period of ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Safe in pregnancy.: Spectinomycin is not likely to be a first choice drug for treatment of appropriate infections in pregnancy, however it is considered safe for use in p... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Yes: Most otc cold mediications are safe during pregnancy.
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Within limits: You should limit your intake of the large saltwater fish to one serving per week due to the possibility of accumulating mercury.
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Painful ones: You can continue to have sex while pregnant. Any position that is not uncomfortable or painful is likely to be safe.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Yes: The vagina is not toxic. Breathing near the vagina is not harmful to you or him. Breathing onto to vagina for stimulation could cause an air embolis... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Varies: Depends on the reason for the test, but usually requires drawing blood.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
More than one baby: Any pregnancy with more than one baby is a multiple pregnancy. Twins, triplets, etc.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
You doctor: Your ob/gyn can explain that to you. It is safe and effective, but it is not available everywhere and is not considered the standard of care for pregn... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Varies: The recommended weight gain in pregnancy is about 25 to 35 pounds. More if you are underweight. Less if you are overweight.
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Likely legal: Prenatal paternity testing is usually an optional test and would be done at the request of the patient and is not likely to be covered by insurance. ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Minutes: An instrumental delivery is the use of forceps or vacuum to facilitate a vaginal delivery. It should never take more than a few minutes to accomplish... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Simple: You can easily take a pregnancy test, available at any drug store.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
See doctor: You doctor will track your weight for you at each of your visits. There is not general recommendation that you need to track it beyond that.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Those with HPV: Women with hpv have the greatest cervical cancer risk. The body is capable of clearing hpv over time. 80% of women who contract hpv will clear it wit... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Homonal method: Any hormonal contraceptive can suppress the ovaries and suppress endometriosis. I agree with the above answer - however, depo-provera can be effectiv... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Yes: Implanon is a progestin only type of birth control. Progestins are known to suppress the mood, which can cause or worsen depression.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Trauma: Amniotic fluid embolism (afe) risk is increased in cases of abdominal trauma. The risk is likely elevated as a result of amniocentesis, labor inducti... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Possible: The Progesterone level starts to increase after ovulation and continues to rise as a result of conception. Progesterone can make the nipples very sen... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Kegels: Kegel exercises will decrease or stop episodes of stress incontinence in over 70% of women - who do enough of the kegels. It requires 60 to 80 kegels... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
Unopposed estrogen: The majority of endometrial cancers occur in post-menopausal women who are overweight. After menopause the endometrium will continue to grow if stimu... Read More
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Testimonials
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Aug 14, 2014
Outstanding HealthTap physician with excellent, accurate, scientific and helpful, educated answers. Cares for patients and answers questions in thoughtful, kind manner. Highly recommend.
Dec 9, 2013
Dr. Higginbotham consistently gives excellent & reliable advice about all aspects of gynecology & obstetrics.
Apr 1, 2014
Dr. Higginbotham's credentials are superb! His answers are accurate and very succinct!!!
HealthTap member
This was very helpful. Thanks! I am pregnant and my mom had a high risk pregnancy with me because I was breech. When they did a c section they saw she had a septum in her uterus thanks for helping me ...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you for your answer. Even though you want to be abke to ask your Dr anything, some things are just to embarrassing to ask face to face. I am grateful that you to...Read More
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Thank you so much this has been weighing heavy on my mind since finding out I had hpv I've had it for four years and was never told by my doctor I found out from medical records thank you so much

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Kansas School of Medicine, KS,1991
Graduated 1991MD

Residency

KUMC

Awards

Resident of the Year 1992
Top Doctor, First Place, Kansas - Winter
2013
Most Influential, First Place, Kansas - Winter
2013

Affiliations

American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecologyy
Kansas Medical Society
KaMMCO

Publications

None
none
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