Your family begins here
Southeastern Center for Fertility & Reproductive Surgery
865.777.0088 Jeffrey A. Keenan, MD, HCLD, Director
My husband & I tried to get pregnant, but due to some complications I had, we thought we would never have children (which was EXTREMELY upsetting to me). I came to Dr. Keenan & his staff as a "last ditch effort" to conceive. I will NEVER forget Dr. Keenan's positive attitude as he reassured me, "We can get you pregnant..." during one of my visits. I'm sure he said a lot more than that, but that promise still rings in my ears as I look at my BEAUTIFUL twins! God used Dr. Keenan, and his staff (we love our nurse Mari!), to build a loving family... The entire staff were like friends to me by the time I got pregnant and had to leave their facility... I am ever so grateful for this wonderful group of people who helped my husband and I so VERY much. There are no words to describe our gratitude, and we would HIGHLY recommend this group to anyone having troubles getting pregnant. Thank you Dr. Keenan, Mari, and all the staff. You will never know what a huge impact you have made in the lives of our family!
The Southeastern Center for Fertility and Reproductive Surgery offers this site as an information resource for couples coping with the difficulties of infertility. Just as our center provides the most advanced treatment for our patients, this site provides the most recent and accurate medical information concerning infertility and reproductive surgery.
Located in Knoxville, Tennessee, the center specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of male and female infertility problems. Under the direction of Jeffrey A. Keenan MD, HCLD, our patients receive the highest quality medical care available in the region. Dr. Keenan is one of the most experienced and respected specialists in infertility and reproductive medicine and surgery.
We provide updates on this site to ensure you are receiving the latest information. If you wish to schedule an appointment with us or have questions, please call us at (865) 777-0088 or click here to use our appointment request form.
Dr. Jeffrey A. Keenan
Fall Update 2013
The leaves are beginning to change and the crisp feel of fall is in the air. Finally, the hustle and bustle of summer is starting to slow. What better time to take care of your health than before the busy holiday season that is quickly approaching? Call today to schedule an annual exam to ensure you’re healthy enough to get your Christmas shopping and holiday meal planning done on time! Or, what better Christmas present than a baby for your significant other or making your parents grandparents? If you’re struggling with infertility, we can help! Call today to schedule an appointment.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is breast cancer awareness month! According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women with 1 in 8 women being diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Behind heart disease, breast cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death among women. According to the National Cancer Institute, when breast cancer is detected early, in the localized stage, the 5-year survival rate is 98%. The best way to fight breast cancer is to have a plan that helps you detect the disease in its early stages. Create your Early Detection Plan to receive reminders to do breast self-exams, and schedule your clinical breast exams and mammograms based on your age and health history. You can create your plan here: http://www.earlydetectionplan.org/. Or, give us a call to schedule your breast exam and allow us to explain current recommendations to you!
Not Just Fertility
Contrary to popular belief, we aren’t just a fertility treatment provider. We offer an array of services including annual/well-woman exams and treatment/management of PCOS, endometriosis, fibroids, chronic pelvic pain, and ovarian cysts. We also specialize in minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic surgeries and treatment of congenital birth defects of the female reproductive system, just to name a few. If you aren’t already established with a gynecologic provider, we would be happy to establish you as a new patient. Call today for an appointment!
“Like” Us on Facebook
Don’t forget to “like” the Southeastern Center for Fertility and Reproductive Surgery on Facebook. Check out our page for the latest news and updates. You can even “check into” your appointments. Our page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/SoutheasternCenterforFertility
Moles Be Gone!
Although mole and skin tag removal is no longer complimentary, the Southeastern Center for Fertility and Reproductive Surgery is still offering this service. If you have moles or skin tags that are bothersome or you simply don’t like the look of them, schedule an appointment with our nurse practitioner, Autumn Galbraith, WHNP-BC, to have them removed once and for all. Please, contact any of our office staff for details.
Are you currently taking birth control pills? Do you find yourself having a hard time remembering to take your pill at the same time everyday? Do you ever wonder what you should do if you miss a pill? Worry no more! Our nurse practitioner, Autumn Galbraith, WHNP-BC is NOW certified in Nexplanon insertion. Nexplanon is hormone-releasing birth control option that is placed under the skin on the inner side of the upper arm and provides continuous pregnancy prevention for up to 3 years. Following removal, pregnancy can occur as early as one week. Nexplanon is an excellent alternative to birth control pills, especially for those who don’t want the hassle of taking a pill everyday. Free yourself from the pill pack!
“Late” Night Special!
Don’t forget that we offer evening hours on Thursdays until 6:00 PM. We understand that, as working professionals, it is difficult to take time off work for doctor’s appointments. Allow us to provide you with an appointment in a quiet, relaxing environment after the hustle and bustle of normal business hours. Call today to schedule an appointment with our Nurse Practitioner, Autumn Galbraith, WHNP-BC.
Reduce Breast Cancer Risk with 5% to 10% Weight Loss!
The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA reports that maintaining a healthy body weight and participating in regular physical activity could avoid about 25% of all breast cancer cases in women. Internist, Anne McTiernan, a researcher with the Seattle research center, states, “The greatest benefits for breast cancer reduction come from weight control and physical activity together.” Approximately 12% of US women will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. About 5% to 10% of breast cancer cases are thought to be hereditary, resulting directly from gene defects, called mutations; however, breast cancer that isn’t linked to genes appears to be connected to lifestyle and environment. Obesity is clearly linked to postmenopausal breast cancer. This is due, in part, to body fat raising estrogen levels, which fuels most breast cancers. A new study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology reports that obese women have four times the risk of developing inflammatory breast cancer. A 5% to 10% reduction of total body weight can make a huge difference in breast cancer risk.
So how much should you exercise? McTiernan states that as little as 1.25 to 2.5 hours per week of brisk walking reduced a woman’s risk by 18%. Walking 10 hours a week reduced the risk even further. The bottom line: sit less and move more!
IVF Linked to Lower Breastfeeding Rate
An Australian study published in the September issue of Acta Paediatrica found that women who conceive with In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and who have a caesarean birth before going into labor are less likely to breastfeed. The Parental Age and Transition to Parenthood Australia (PATPA) study was undertaken in collaboration with Macquarie University, Melbourne IVF, and IVF Austrailia. The study involved 619 women who became pregnant spontaneously or using IVF. It was found that 37.2% of women had C-sections. Women who conceived with IVF had twice the number of C-sections prior to labor compared to women who conceived spontaneously. During pregnancy, 95% of women polled reported that they wanted to breastfeed for at least 6 months. However, upon hospital discharge, 63.6% of women who conceived with IVF were exclusively breastfeeding, compared to 76.5% of women who conceived spontaneously. Four months postpartum, 53.8% of women who conceived naturally were exclusively breastfeeding, compared to only 41.3% of women who conceived using IVF. The authors hypothesized that going into labor assists the onset of lactation due to the release of oxytocin. If a woman doesn’t labor, the onset of lactation might be delayed, which can arouse anxiety, especially in women who have gone through IVF because they might already have experienced loss and be especially concerned for their baby’s health and wellbeing. These women may worry about their baby being hungry and then prematurely introduce formula. After formula introduction, it becomes difficult to establish breastfeeding. The bottom line is that women who conceive with IVF and have a C-section without going into labor may have more difficulties with breastfeeding, so they should ask for extra support in the early postpartum days. We at the Southeastern Center for Fertility and Reproductive Surgery strongly encourage breastfeeding as the healthiest option for you and your baby!
Southeastern Fertility Center, 11126 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37934
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