Is Pain your “New Normal?”
You may be one of the millions of women who suffer from painful symptoms daily or monthly that are related to problems “down there”- in this case, I am referring to your uterus and surrounding tissues.
Here’s the good news- a lot of the symptoms you are experiencing can be corrected.
Many patients I see are consumed with menstrual problems for more than 10-14 days per month. This adds up to over half of one’s reproductive life!
Often times patients become accustomed to living in discomfort, and they begin to see it as their new “normal.” Rest assured, this is NOT normal, and often times, the underlying cause can be corrected.
Sometimes, surgery is the best answer.
Hysterectomy might be an option for you, depending on your condition. A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus, performed by a gynecologist. Hysterectomy may be total (removing the body, fundus and cervix) of the uterus; often called “complete”) or partial (removal of the uterine body while leaving the cervix intact; also called “supracervical”). Many women are under the impression that this surgery has an impact on hormones, but this is NOT true. Removing the uterus has no impact on hormonal health, as the uterus does not make hormones. As long as we preserve the ovaries, removing the uterus can remove the source of pain and heavy bleeding in women.
The most common reasons we perform this procedure tends to be discomfort caused by fibroids, abnormal uterine bleeding and painful periods, or pelvic organ prolapse.
As previously mentioned, this procedure can also vastly improve a woman’s quality of life without disrupting hormone balance.
Even better news- the recovery when performed laparoscopically (keyhole or minimally invasive route) is DAYS, not weeks or months !
The most important thing is to educate yourself and find an expert in the procedure. Many OB/GYNs spend most of their time dealing with pregnancy or office visits, which can result in a lack of experience with advanced surgical techniques.
Imagine a professional athlete, and ask yourself, “Does this person practice his/her sport daily, weekly, or monthly?”
At Pearl Women’s Center, we specialize in the most current, minimally invasive approaches to a wide range of gynecological issues. Our approach is cost effective, less painful and results in minimal recovery.
Most patients tell me they wish they’d known about our approach to surgery years ago. There are few things more gratifying than helping patients remove pain from their lives.
-Dr. Richard Rosenfield
Pearl Women’s Center Founder and Executive Medical Director
Director of Gynecology