Unfortunately, urogynecological and pelvic floor disorders often come with a social stigma, leading many women to avoid seeking treatment even though the condition may affect their quality of life. However, recent public campaigns by the American Urogynecologic Society and other groups have helped educate women about their treatment options and develop a better understanding of their condition.
As a result, these empowered women have increasingly chosen to seek medical care at Tufts Medical Center in downtown Boston, where both surgical and non-surgical treatments are offered to address concerns including pelvic reconstruction, pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence. The strong referral base and the aging population has sparked tremendous growth of the Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery program, allowing the fledgling Division to hire a new physician and begin expansion of the practice to satellite locations in the community including Braintree.
Director of the Division of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery Tanaz R. Ferzandi, MD, Urogynecologist Danielle Patterson, MD and Nurse Practitioner Deborah Carr, NP provide Tufts MC patients with ample time and information to consider their options, which can be tailored to fit their needs and lifestyle. Since many women are generally uncomfortable discussing their conditions, having an all-female group makes the patients feel more at ease. “Right from the onset, there is a partnership between us and our patients,” said Ferzandi. “It truly is a team effort.”
Skilled specialists treat a variety of conditions
The Urogynecology team is assisted by an interdisciplinary group of caregivers, including physical therapists, which are currently off-site, but will soon be available at Tufts MC. In addition, Ferzandi and Patterson work closely with the Division of General Gynecology, Colorectal Surgery, Gastroenterology and Urology to serve patients with a wide range of issues that may cross over into other specialties. When Ferzandi was building the program, she knew she couldn’t develop it in a vacuum; because of the success of the collaboration, urogynecology patients receive the most progressive care they need, all in one place.
Patients visiting the Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery clinic will have access to state-of-the-art therapies, including, but not limited to, mid-urethral slings, minimally invasive techniques using laparoscopy and the DaVinci® Robot, Sacral neuromodulation (InterStim®) and Botox® Intradetrusor injections, all aimed at returning patients to normal, comfortable everyday life. The physicians in the Division of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery are fellowship trained and board certified, setting a high standard for care of patients.
“The overarching goal is to improve the quality of life for our patients,” said Ferzandi. “There’s no cookie cutter approach. As I tell my patients, the definition of cure varies for many of the conditions we treat and can rest with patient expectations. The patient-physician partnership is key.”
For more information or to make an appointment with a urogynecologist in our downtown Boston or Braintree locations, please call 617-636-5890 or request an appointment online.