Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Do you have Chronic Pelvic Pain? There's no reason to suffer

Dr. Colleen Fitzgerald, Nancy McDermott, an Advanced Practice nurse, and Dr. Sondra Summers

Many, many women have been told that they just have to suffer through chronic pelvic pain, says Dr. Colleen Fitzgerald, medical director of Loyola's Chronic Pelvic Pain program. But it's simply not true. Treatments are now available to reduce or eliminate chronic pelvic pain.

Dr. Sondra Summers and Dr. Linda Yang add that many women suffer in silence and have trouble finding a medical center with the experience and expertise like that found at Loyola.

Chronic pelvic pain can be located anywhere from the belly button to the top of the thighs and may include the lower back and buttocks. Once a woman has experienced this pain for 6 months or more, it is considered a chronic condition.

Dr. Mekhala Samsi, a psychologist, and Dr. Yang talk about how our all-women staff collaborates on a medical action plan for each individual patient. Carole Fortman, a physical therapist, explains how she and others assess the patient's musculoskeletal system and provide education on therapeutic exercises.

If you need an operation, our team offers laparoscopic and robotic surgery to resolve certain conditions. These treatments result in faster healing, reduced scarring and less pain. Women are also able to get back to their busy lives sooner this way.

Our doctors come together as a group to tease out all the details in each woman's case to determine the source of her pain. Once we have a treatment plan, then pain no longer has to be the focus of her  life. For more information, please call 888-LUHS-888 (888-584-7888) or visit

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 92 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities - that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.