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I am very excited to have Audrey Baum, WHNP, RNC as our guest speaker for this episode. She is a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner at Lonestar Urogynecology in Round Rock, TX. Audrey and I will be discussing a condition that affects many women, pelvic organ prolapse. We will be defining pelvic prolapse, discussing causes, and addressing a variety of treatment options.
This episode will discuss Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP). Pelvic organ prolapse is descent of the anterior or posterior vaginal wall or descent of the apex of the vagina. It occurs due to weakening of the ligaments and muscles in the pelvic floor. Today, I will be addressing causes, symptoms, and physical therapy treatment for POP.
I am very excited to have Audrey Baum, WHNP, RNC as our guest speaker for this episode. She is a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner at Lonestar Urogynecology in Round Rock, TX. Audrey and I will be discussing a condition that affects many women, pelvic organ prolapse. We will be defining pelvic prolapse, discussing causes, and addressing a variety of treatment options. This is a follow up/continuation to the show that aired on January 3rd regarding pelvic organ prolapse.
Our guest for this show was, Carolyn Vandyken, BHSc, PT, Cred MDT, CCMA (acup). She is the co-owner of Pelvic Health Solutions, a post-graduate education company dedicated to training physiotherapists, midwives, nurses, doctors and other health care professionals on pelvic floor function. She is also the Clinical Practice Leader in Pelvic Health for Centric Health where she mentors and trains pelvic health physiotherapists throughout Canada.
To learn more, please visit Pelvic Health for Centric Health and Pelvic Health Solutions
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Women and their partners need to hear this as it is often unknown or misunderstood.Sherrie Palm is the Founder/CEO of APOPS, Association for Pelvic Organ Prolapse Support, a 501(c)3 nonprofit foundation for pelvic organ prolapse, author of the award winning book Pelvic Organ Prolapse: The Silent Epidemic, the Community Leader of the MedHelp.org Pelvic Organ Prolapse Forum and Urogynecology Forums, and a speaker on the topic of pelvic organ prolapse. As a grassroots women's pelvic floor health advocate, she devotes her time to establishing recognition of pelvic organ prolapse and providing support pathways for women in various stages of POP. For more info about APOPS, pelvic organ prolapse, or the book Pelvic Organ Prolapse: The Silent Epidemic, go to mission.Guide women through the physical, emotional, social, and sexual consequences of pelvic organ prolapse. Establish global awareness and understanding of pelvic organ prolapse; guide and support women through the process of recognition, diagnosis, treatment, and continuation of pelvic floor health balance for life; provide health assistance for women with pelvic organ prolapse in developing zones of the international community.
Urologist and chronic pelvic pain specialist, Dr. Jeannette Potts, joins us from the West Coast today as she discusses her work within the field of pelvic pain in men. She will specifically be discussing the role of Prostatitis and Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome. She will also discuss why she chooses to focus on men and the issue around gendered medicine.
After practicing at the Cleveland Clinic's Glickman Urological Institute for 15 years, Dr. Potts realized she needed to find a better way to provide more holistic care to men suffering from Urological Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndromes (UCPPS). During her tenure at the Cleveland Clinic she became more subspecialized, focusing her work in prostatitis, chronic pelvic pain, and psychosexual well-being. Dr. Potts was named among the "best Urologists" in North East Ohio, by Cleveland Magazine.
She has been a passionate collaborator with the NIH and the IPCN, to advance research and care of patients suffering from UCPPS. She has published numerous articles in urology and family medicine and has given over 100 lectures on UCPPS and related topics, as an invited speaker at medical and urological conferences world-wide.
Dr. Potts is Assistant Clinical Instructor, on the faculty of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals of Cleveland.
Join our original "Pelvic Messenger" Elisabeth Oas, as she interviews Dr. Mario Castellano of Phoenix Arizona. He is here to discuss some of the underlying causes of the biggest diagnoses chronic pelvic pain patients deal with. While many of us, have IC, Endo, Pudendal Neuralgia and more...we also often might have other diagnoses going on we are unaware of, that are either mimicking these bigger players or making them worse. In either case treating these other diagnoses is important to feeling better!! I think we can all agree that being able to recognize the subtle differences in our pelvic pain can be hard, especially when everything is hurting at once. Tune into this show to help yourself with gaining the insight on how to do this!!
Dr. Castellanos expertise includes pudendal neuralgia, pelvic congestion syndrome, pelvic floor muscle spasms, interstitial cystitis, and pain related to vaginal mesh procedures. He has special skills in pudendal nerve decompression surgery, ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve blocks, and Botox trigger point injections. He is also a fellowship trained minimally invasive gynecologic surgeon for the treatment of complex pelvic pathology and pelvic pain.
He has presented at national congregations and published on various topics related to chronic pelvic pain. He is an active member of the AAGL and the International Pelvic Pain Society. It was his research and work presented at the 2014 IPPS annual conference, that inspired us to have him on the show! Discussing these very complicated and critical topics can make a world of difference for the overall well being for the patient living with pelvic pain.
“Mesh reinforcement is just one ‘tool’ in today’s surgical toolbox, which may be recommended in select cases as an option intended to achieve a more durable surgery, or even to avoid the need for hysterectomy in some cases.”said Dr. Roger Goldberg, Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and Urogynecologist at Northshore University Health System in Evanston, IL. “What’s critical is whether or not the surgeon performing the procedure has the proper training. Choosing the right prolapse surgery, and deciding on whether mesh or a ‘traditional’ repair is right for you, is no different than boarding an airplane: you need to align yourself with a pilot who is experienced and confident in a variety of techniques” Dr. Goldberg added.
Dr. Roger Goldberg, Sherrie Palm, and Missy Lavender will discuss this further on Blog Talk Radio’s, “Real Women on Health” hosted by Kelley Connors, MPH, Wednesday, August 24th, from 11:30 pm CST – 12:00 pm CST. To share your story, email Molly Kirk Parlier at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Brenner, a faculty member of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine since 2002 was our guest. Dr. Brenner's clinical and research pursuits focus upon motility disorders of the mid- and hindgut. He treats disorders along this spectrum ranging from dyspepsia and irritable bowel syndrome to constipation and fecal incontinence.
Dr. Brenner will shared with the Pelvic Messenger audience a portion of his presentation and research on the Diagnosis and Treatment of GI Disorders, which was presented at the IPPS Annual Conference in Chicago last October 2014.
Dr. Brenner recommended the International Fondation of Function Bowel Disorders website as a reference for patients looking for more information about their particular diagnosis.
Pelvic organ prolapse is an international women’s health concern. The impact of POP varies from country to country and region to region; in some areas the need is for education, in some it is for medical intervention. Throughout the world there is a need to establish awareness.
Sherrie Palm is the Founder/President of APOPS, Association for Pelvic Organ Prolapse Support Inc, a nonprofit foundation for pelvic organ prolapse support, an award-winning author of the book Pelvic Organ Prolapse: The Silent Epidemic, and the Community Leader of the MedHelp.org Urogynecology Forum. As a women's pelvic floor health advocate, she devotes her time to all avenues of establishing recognition of pelvic organ prolapse and providing support pathways for women in various stages of POP. For relaxation Sherrie enjoys spending time in the woods and meadows of northern Wisconsin, walking with her dogs and taking digital photos of nature. For more info about APOPS or Sherrie Palm, go to
Sherrie is the Founder/President of Assoc. for Pelvic Organ Prolapse. Pelvic organ prolapse is an extremely common female health issue that ALL WOMEN need to know about. Vaginal childbirth and menopause are the two leading causes of POP. Unfortunately, most women first hear about pelvic organ prolapse AFTER they are diagnosed with POP.
Sherrie's book: "Pelvic Organ Prolapse: The Silent Epidemic" was an Award-Winning Finalist in the Women's Health category of the 2010 International Book Awards as well as in the Women's Issues category; and in the 2009 National Best Book Los Angelos.
Sherrie is going to share with us what the symptoms of POP are, as well as what we can do to help ourselves either avoid being diagnosed with POP, or is you have been diagnosed with POP, what the different treatment options are; as well as her own personal experience with POP.
Learn More: Sherrie Palm OR APOPS
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Jason J. Kutch, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California. He teaches neuroscience in the USC Doctor of Physical Therapy program, and is the director of the Applied Mathematical Physiology Laboratory (AMPL) at USC.
Dr. Kutch’s work focuses on revealing neural mechanisms of pelvic floor muscle control, engineering non-invasive systems to study human motor function, and better understanding neuromuscular disorders. He is a co-investigator in the NIH-funded Multidisciplinary Approach to the Study of Chronic Pelvic Pain (MAPP) Research Network, with a particular focus on understanding brain network mechanisms of altered pelvic floor muscle control in individuals with chronic pelvic pain.
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