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 http://www.loyolamedicine.org/medical-services/chronic-pelvic-pain-program