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 “The Dr. Oz Show” 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.
“Pelvic-organ prolapse is common in women and expert care is available,” said Kimberly Kenton, MD, a urogynecologist in the Division of Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery at Loyola University Health System. “We hope to empower women to seek treatment and regain their pelvic health.”
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.
“I was horrified when I developed pelvic-organ prolapse. I had never heard of this happening to other women, so I felt ashamed,” Mutterer said. “Since 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.”
“The Dr. Oz Show” featuring Loyola’s 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.
Loyola’s 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.
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. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. The heart of the medical center campus, Loyola University Hospital, is a 569-licensed-bed facility. It 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 the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 264-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.