Doctors to address troubling problem in women
MAYWOOD, Ill. -- Loyola University Health System physicians Mary Pat FitzGerald, MD, Kimberly Kenton, MD, and Elizabeth Mueller, MD, recently traveled to New York City to film an in-studio interview for âThe Dr. Oz Showâ to raise awareness about a common but little-known condition that troubles women. This condition, called pelvic-organ prolapse, occurs when organs in the pelvis fall and cause the vaginal wall to protrude outside of the body. âPelvic-organ prolapse is common in women and expert care is available,â said Kimberly Kenton, MD, a urogynecologist in the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery at Loyola University Health System. âWe hope to empower women to seek treatment and regain their pelvic health.â Approximately 1 in 4 American women has at least one pelvic-floor disorder, such as pelvic-organ prolapse or urinary incontinence. Most of these women suffer in silence. These disorders decrease the quality of life and can cause other health problems.
Nancy Mutterer developed pelvic-organ prolapse after the normal birth of her first child. She did not seek treatment until she was done having children and her youngest was at least 3 years old. âI was horrified when I developed pelvic-organ prolapse. I had never heard of this happening to other women, so I felt ashamed,â Mutterer said. âSince my minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, I feel like a new person. I have my body back and no longer have to worry about adjusting my life around my disorder.â âThe Dr. Oz Showâ featuring Loyolaâs urogynecologists will air at 4 p.m. Thursday on WFLD-TV (Fox). These physicians, who are recognized leaders in their field, will draw attention to pelvic-organ prolapse and discuss treatment options. Loyolaâs Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery Center was the first of its kind in greater Chicago to offer a dedicated specialty practice for the diagnosis and treatment of women with pelvic-floor disorders. Loyola offers the most advanced medical and surgical care available for women with these disorders.