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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham

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

Locations

Dennis G. Higginbotham, MD

PITTSBURG, KS

Address

#3 Medical Center Circle, PITTSBURG, KS
Directions

My office hours

Tuesday: 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

3.3K Answers
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Relax: Cramps are a normal and common occurrence with pregnancy and most often are normal. If they are severe, or are associated with heavy bleeding, see you... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Yes: After 14 weeks there are some positions that may be inadvisable.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Yes: There is always some amount of vaginal discharge present. That discharge is quite commonly increased in pregnancy.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Yes: Most airlines allow pregnant women to fly up to about 36 weeks gestation. It is not considered unsafe to fly during pregnancy.
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Diet and pregnancy: Artificial sweeteners should probably not be used in excess during pregnancy. There are no definitive studies of risks or safety - however, the curre... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Same as delivery: Bleeding and infection are major risks and of course there are other risks. However, complication rates are generally low for cesareans (and for vagin... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Yes: Episodic uterine cramps and contractions are normal in the third trimester. If you are contracting more than 3 or 4 times an hour for more than one h... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Prenatal diagnosis.: The triple test is a screening test for an increased risk for genetic and/or structural anomalies in the fetus. An abnormal screen does not necessari... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Probably: The first stage of labor is the time when the cervix is dilating up to 10cm. The second stage starts when the cervix is dilated to 10 cm and the pati... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Antibiotics: Listeriosis in pregnancy often results in the loss of the pregnancy. The treatment would be antibiotics.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Yes: Sodium chloride is salt. It is safe to use salt during pregnancy.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Expensive/some risks: Fetal dna testing currently requires an amniocentesis (with the inherent risks) to obtain a sample of fetal cells. The procedue, as well as the dna te... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
No: It takes days for there to be recognizable changes in the body and the hormones after a conception. It is not likely that a women would perceive any ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Safe: Sugar free foods are safe in pregnancy and with breastfeeding. As with many dietary concerns - moderation is key. You should have a well balanced di... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Amniocentesis risks.: The risks from amniocentesis are fairly minimal. The risks include bleeding, infection, rupture of membranes, damage to the fetus, and possible misca... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Multiple causes.: There are a number of changes in the body during pregnancy that can affect your comfort and lead to insomnia and restlessness. The increased Progester... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Safe: Sexual intercourse is not contraindicated during pregnancy, in most cases. Abstinence is generally recommended for patients with an incompetent cervi... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Not recommended: Prempro (conjugated estrogens and medroxyprogesterone) is a combination estrogen / Progesterone medication indicated for postmenopausal hormone replac... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Depends: Generally yes. But the cause of the fever could be a factor in whether you should continue to breastfeed. Many women develop a fever as a result of ... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Not a direct effect.: Breastfeeding itself probably does not shrink your uterus, but it causes your body to produce Pitocin (oxytocin) which will make your uterus contract.... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Not necessarily: You should have a well balanced diet - that may include fish. You should limit your consumption of large saltwater fish to one serving per week to mi... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Preterm labor med.: Women who have experienced preterm delivery (less than 37 weeks) are candidates for treatment with weekly injections of 17 hydroxyprogesterone caproat... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Conception on OCP's: Currently available "birth control pills" have a 1% to 5% contraceptive failure rate (depending on the specific brand of pill), and is contraindicated... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
HCG levels.: The quantitative HCG is a measurement of the amount of pregnancy hormone in the blood. A qualitative HCG is simply a test to detect the presence of t... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Probably: Most likely yes - but it would depend on your specific problems and symptoms.
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
De: That depends on the surgeon and whether you have any complications. Most people go home the same day after uncomplicated surgery of that nature.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
No: You should be able to get contraception without a pap smear. Current recommendations for pap smear screening is to begin at the age of 21.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
What is removed: A myomectomy is the removal of the myoma (fibroid) from the uterus. The hysterectomy is the removal of the entire uterus. For women who do not plan ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
References vary: Daniel hale williams is reported to have performed the first successful open heart surgery in america in chicago in 1893.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Don't know: 1 in 10 women get yeast infections over and over - usually about the same time each month during the menstrual cycle. We do not know why women get th... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Cyst rupture: The ovarian cyst actually ruptures to release the egg. The inherent damage to the ovarian capsule could be the source of the pain. The amount of pain... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Usually none: Hpv can rarely affect a baby by exposure during the birth. The risk is low enough that there is no recommendation to avoid vaginal delivery even with... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Routine exam: It is the routine exam performed usually at 4 to 6 weeks after delivery. Your doctor will assess that your body is back to normal after the delivery ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Not generally: There are indications for performing an amniocentesis. Certainly not all pregnancies warrant that procedure.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
EDC confirmation: If your doctor has obtained an ultrasound to confirm your due date, and it was done in the first or early second trimester - then your established due... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
NICU: That stands for neonatal intensive care unit. It is the ICU for babies.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
No: You do not need that drug during pregnancy or when nursing. It probably would not be harmful but it also would not be helpful.
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
No : Many women do not have any particular signs or symptoms of being pregnant.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Usually unknown: Some premature deliveries are due to factors such as membrane rupture, uterine infection, incompetent cervix, etc. However, most of the premature del... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Sure: Imiquimod could cause adverse effects for an individual, however it is well tested and safe for use.
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Probably nothing: The uterus is composed of muscle and collagen, both are somewhat flexible. The uterus is attached inside you, but is still a bit mobile, while the cer... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Yes: A woman with genital herpes may need to have a cesarean delivery, but there is no reason that she cannot have a healthy pregnancy.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Yes: Pregnancy can occur while taking the pill. You should take a pregnancy test to be sure. Some women will skip a period occasionally on the pill - still... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
May need exam: To occasionally have a bit of spotting with intercourse may not mean anything bad. If it happens every time or if it is heavy then you should see your... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Low hormones: The most common reason for your symptoms is low estrogen level. The amount of estrogen you are taking is a tiny fraction of what normally would be pr... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Not likely: Ovarian cysts are exceedingly common and usually benign. The size you indicate (about 1 inch) is well within the range for normal ovaries. Your doctor... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Lumps and/or pain: Fibrocystic breast disease is quite common with 40% to 50% of women having this problem. Physical exam findings include lumpy, nodular, granular brea... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Bad luck: Gestational diabetes mellitus (gdm) affects 3% to 10% of pregnancies - there may be some genetic predisposition towards developing gdm, but it does no... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Doubtful: Genital prolapse is not a life and death condition. It can affect quality of life - but it is unlike that genital prolapse could prove fatal. The ri... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Probably: Acetaminophen (tylenol) is safe during pregnancy. Tylenol (acetaminophen) cold contains Acetaminophen and, depending on which formulation, may contai... 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
HealthTap member
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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