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 that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the 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 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.