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Pelvic Organ Prolapse: The Silent Epidemic
Pelvic Organ Prolapse, or POP, is a little talked about female health issue that half of all childbearing women will experience late in life. There are more than 300,000 surgeries for POP annually. Due to various causes such as menopause, estrogen loss, genetics, childbirth or heavy lifting, a woman's pelvic organs can shift or drop. This can lead to POP symptoms, including some painful and embarrassing ones, as well as impacting a woman's sexuality. The condition has probably always existed, but has received little press or public acknowledgement so women could learn about the condition and treatment options. This book on POP fills an unfortunate void in women's health awareness. Sherrie Palm writes about her own personal experiences in Pelvic Organ Prolapse: The Silent Epidemic. She had never heard about the condition until she needed surgery for it. Palm explores the subject from all angles, providing the information women need to recognize the symptoms of POP and to become advocates for their own health. Pelvic Organ Prolapse: The Silent Epidemic named the winner for Women's Health in the USA Book News National "BEST BOOKS 2009" Awards.
Available online at Amazon.com.
Written in straightforward, easy-to-understand language, with photographs and drawings, this 120 page book explains the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and potential outcomes for pelvic organ prolapse.
In this book, Dr. Hoyte uses the same explanations he discusses with patients who come to be evaluated by him at his Tampa clinic. After reading this book, you will understand what prolapse is, and will be able to understand the difference between the different types of prolapse (Cystocele, Rectocele, Enterocele, Uterine prolapse, Proccidentia). You will also learn how to determine if your symptoms are related to prolapse.
More importantly, you will also understand the different ways that prolapse can be treated, both surgically and without surgery, along with the "pros and cons" of each approach. Skilled in transvaginal, abdominal, and robotic methods of prolapse repair, Dr. Hoyte explains why he believes the robotic approach is one of the best available methods for treating prolapse. Also, he reviews his pre-operative and postoperative instructions and expectations for those women who choose to undergo prolapse repair surgery.
The book contains a list of frequently asked questions with answers, and a glossary, to help readers understand many of the words and terminology used in discussing prolapse. Dr. Hoyte gives links to helpful resources for women with prolapse and their families, including patient support groups, online discussion forums, and professional medical organizations devoted to treating prolapse.
This book is a "must read" for every woman who is diagnosed with prolapse. It takes the mystery out of pelvic organ prolapse, and will give all the information you need to make informed choices about treating your prolapse.
Available online at Amazon.com. Also available for the iPad on the iBookstore on iTunes.