Treating Pelvic Organ Prolapse | MyHealthy Decisions
In this Women’s Health issue of MyHealthy Decisions, learn more about how urogynecology can help you live a happier, healthier, and more comfortable life by treating pelvic floor disorders, such as pelvic organ prolapse.
Pelvic organ prolapse may include a dropped bladder, bowels, or uterus that requires surgical repair. It’s important for women, especially, to be aware of this condition and to seek treatment when they experience symptoms.
Why put up with Pelvic Organ Prolapse?
Pelvic floor disorders affect 1 in 5 women in the United States, with pelvic organ prolapse affecting 3 percent of U.S. women. Prolapse occurs when the pelvic floor muscles become weak or damaged and can no longer support organs such as the bladder, uterus, and rectum. The causes include multiple natural childbirths, aging, and family history.
Frances Brockett, 82 years old and a retired registered nurse from West Winfield, had been coping with the symptoms of prolapse for many years — until a few months ago, when her bladder function worsened. “My condition was seriously impacting my quality of life,” she says.
Brockett read in the local paper about a new physician at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown who specializes in urogynecology: Samuel S. Badalian, MD. After learning about his history and expertise, she called for an evaluation and appointment.
“I found him to be a very caring person,” she says. “He puts you at ease immediately and reassures you that he can help. He explained that he could do a surgical procedure that would help alleviate my symptoms.”
Dr. Badalian performed pelvic reconstructive surgery on Brockett on Dec. 18, 2019. After one overnight stay in the hospital, she went home and was relatively pain-free, with great results.
“I feel that we are so fortunate to have a specialist of Dr. Badalian’s caliber in the area, as many women I have talked with have similar problems,” Brockett notes. “I would recommend him to anyone and have already done so with relatives and friends.”
Dr. Badalian has a wide array of skills that he brings to women’s health issues, including surgical and nonsurgical treatment options.