Today on MD-VOD, Dr. John Kennedy is joined by Dr. Amy Rosenman from Marina Del Rey Hospital to discuss urogynecological challenges and how technology is helping us address them. Together they examine the cause of urogynecological challenges, who is at risk, the symptoms, how they are diagnosed and available medications, treatments and therapies. They further discuss the consequences and the realities of living these challenges, including insurance coverage and related costs.
Each year 600,000 women undergo hysterectomies, the surgical removal of their uterus. Over 5 billion dollars are spent each year on this procedure. Of these, as many as 300,000 or half are due to uterine fibroids. Studies show that 20 to 30 percent of women of reproductive age have fibroids and African American women are actually 3 times morel likely to develop fibroids. Most fibroids do not cause any symptoms and many women are unaware that they have them. When fibroids become problematic, removing them by performing a procedure known as myomectomy may be necessary. Finally, as our population ages, procedures to support the vaginal canal, known as sacrocolpopexy, are becoming more common.
So join us as we simplify this disease and arm you with the tools and information you need to combat urogynecological challenges for yourself and those you love.
*****This video contains healthcare information only, not medical advice.*****
Host, Dr. John Kennedy, MD, FACC is the Director of Preventive Cardiology and Wellness, Marina Del Rey Hospital, Marina Del Rey, California. He is on the Board of Directors for the American Heart Association and is the Co-Author of The 15 Minute Heart Cure: The Natural Way to Release Stress and Heal Your Heart in Just Minutes a Day.
Dr. Amy Rosenman is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is and elected fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Rosenman is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Rosenman is co-author (with Dr. William Parker) of the highly acclaimed, well reviewed women's health book, The Incontinence Solution: Answers for Women of All Ages and is a contributing author to the just revised A Gynecologist's Second Opinion: the Questions and Answers You Need To Take Charge of Your Health.