Loyola University Health System (LUHS) has opened a clinic to treat the debilitating effects of chronic pelvic pain (CPP) in women. The clinic is located at the Loyola Outpatient Center at 2160 S. First Ave., in Maywood.
“Chronic pelvic pain can be difficult to diagnose and treat,” said Mary Jo Liszek, MD, assistant professor in the Departments of General Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, LUHS. “However, our clinic brings together the expertise of several disciplines to better manage these patients.”
CPP is one of the most common medical problems in women. It is characterized by pain in the pelvic region that lasts for more than six months. Twenty-five percent of women with CPP may spend two to three days in bed each month, more than half cut back on regular activities and 90 percent experience pain with intercourse.
In 60 percent of CPP patients there is no known cause. However, symptoms can begin as a result of severe menstrual cramps, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, musculoskeletal issues, pain from the bowl or bladder, infection, scar tissue or irritable bowl syndrome. CPP often can be caused by more than one of these issues.
Women often see several physicians before they get symptom relief. However, Loyola’s clinic offers all of the expertise needed to treat these patients. The staff is composed of female internists, gynecologists, urologists, gastroenterologists, physical therapists and psychologists.
“Chronic pelvic pain can take both a physical and emotional toll on women,” said Sondra Summers, MD, associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, LUHS, and medical director for OB/GYN and Women’s Health. “Nearly half of the women with CPP that we see feel depressed at times, so we focus on improving their symptoms to alleviate the emotional component of this problem.”
Treatment for CPP includes an extensive medical history, physical and diagnostic tests. It also can include medication, physical therapy, psychological counseling and surgery. Women interested in scheduling an appointment can call (888) LUHS-888 and ask for the Pelvic Pain Clinic.
Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, Loyola University Health System is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and 25 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 570-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 Health & Fitness. Loyola’s Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 250-bed community hospital, the Gottlieb Health & Fitness Center and the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Care Center.
Source: Loyola University Health System