Patient Relieved of Endometriosis Pain by Loyola Gyno

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Loyola Gynecologist Relieves Patient of Endometriosis Pain

Person with abdominal pain holding waist
MAYWOOD, IL – Tara Alonzo had suffered from the pain of endometriosis since experiencing her first menstrual period at the age of 12. By the time she had reached her 20s, the pain had become debilitating and was impacting her day-to-day life. 

Endometriosis is an often painful disorder in women of reproductive age in which tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus grows outside. 

Symptoms of endometriosis include:

  • Painful periods – Pelvic pain and cramping that can begin before your period and extend several days into your period. Patients also report lower back and abdominal pain.
  • Pain with intercourse
  • Pain with bowel movements or urination
  • Excessive bleeding – Includes bleeding between periods
  • Infertility
  • Other symptoms – fatigue, diarrhea, constipation, bloating or nausea, especially during menstrual periods
"I would have to call off sick from work," said Ms. Alonzo, age 26. "There was at least one or two days where I was completely immobilized in bed. I didn't want to eat. I felt sick. It was extremely painful."

Visits to multiple doctors near her home of LaSalle, Illinois, yielded no relief and Ms. Alonzo began to consider the drastic choice of undergoing a hysterectomy. Finally, a doctor near her hometown suggested Ms. Alonzo get a second opinion with Linda Yang, MD, FACOG at the Loyola Center for Health at Elmhurst.

Dr. Yang recommended a laparoscopic procedure to evaluate and remove the endometriosis. The procedure lasted 90 minutes and was done in an outpatient setting at the Loyola Outpatient Center in Maywood, allowing Ms. Alonzo to return home that day. 

"Endometriosis is a common condition, but it's chronic," Dr. Yang said. "We try to focus on next steps that can be taken to treat the endometriosis rather than give her pain medications or move away from the problem."

Months after the procedure, Ms. Alonzo is able to better enjoy her life with her endometriosis symptoms significantly improved. 

"Dr. Yang was so kind," Ms. Alonzo said. "I understand why she works where she works. Everyone at Loyola is kind and helpful and they really care about your well-being. It's not just a saying."

Loyola provides truly integrated clinical care for women needing gynecologic surgery, bringing together specialists in gynecology, gynecologic surgery, female pelvic health and reconstructive surgery and urogynecology to provide women with advanced care in a compassionate environment. 


About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, 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. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 92 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 129,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.