Facing a medical issue of any kind is stressful; and, unless you have a physician whose expertise you trust, you won’t feel as though your health is being taken care of. Unfortunately, when it comes to urogynecology and some of the complications that so many women face as they get older, there is a stigma and a level of shame and embarrassment that keeps them silent and prevents them from seeking out care. Instead, they suffer alone and in silence, wondering if the pain they face will ever come to an end.
Fortunately, with the advancements being made in medicine and the increasing amount of attention that is being placed on specialties such as female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, women suffering from such concerns as urinary incontinence, endometriosis, and pelvic organ prolapse can be treated with the highest level of care and find assurance that their needs are being given priority by someone who will listen attentively and offer them empathy rather than judgement.
What’s On Your Checklist?
Finding the right physician of any kind can be a difficult process, but finding the right urogynecologist is especially important. The issues that you may face as a woman must be handled delicately and sympathetically; and not every urogynecologist will be someone with whom you feel you can be completely honest. Building trust and establishing a relationship will prove essential to obtaining the proper care. Even the smallest amount of distrust can be detrimental, so research the specialists in your area to find someone who comes highly recommended. Think about your needs as you seek one out: Do you feel more comfortable confiding in a male or a female? Does age offer you a sense of security, or do you find greater confidence in the expertise of someone whose recent training has them on the cutting edge? Where were they trained, and how much experience do they have with certain procedures? What kind of relationship do they have with other physicians? Are they on staff at a hospital, or do they practice privately?
What’s the Word?
Whatever factors play the greatest role in helping determine your decision, it’s important to feel sure in your choice. Ask your friends and family if they have any recommendations and get specific. Do they feel listened to? Is the staff attentive and sensitive? Do they feel confident that they are being given honest advice? Does the facility seem clean and well maintained? Remember, the most important thing in beginning your journey to health is finding someone you trust. Without that building block, the challenges ahead may become a wall.
Don’t face your health concerns alone—let the team at Coyle Institute be your trusted ally! Give us a call today!