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What can I expect as a patient?

We are privileged that you would trust us to provide care for you. We understand that pelvic pain and/or painful intercourse can be a pervasive and frustrating experience. We know that it can impact almost every aspect of your life and affect relationships.  

We are committed to working with you towards a solution. Frequently, chronic pain is multifactorial and will require a multi-prong approach to improvement. We will bring the most up-to-date evidence-based approach to your specific case. We will establish a plan of care and explain our recommendations.  

In order to provide excellent care we will need your participation. We will ask you to complete an extensive questionnaire and help us obtain previous medical records (when appropriate).  

The visit will begin with an interview during which we will obtain a complete history and establish your goal for care. When you are comfortable and give permission we will progress to a physical exam. Throughout the exam we will explain what we are doing and ask for feedback. (If at any point you wish to stop the exam your provider will stop the exam.)

Once we have completed these important parts of the visit we may ask for additional tests and/or studies. We will explain the tests and what we are evaluating.

Every patient and visit is different; for some patients we may be able to provide a working diagnosis at the end of the first visit and for others we may need to obtain testing results before we can provide a possible diagnosis. Please be prepared that there may not be one singular term for the disease process causing your symptoms. In fact, many times there will be multiple body systems that will need to be evaluated or treated. We will work with you and your goals to lay out an extensive plan of care and do our best to answer your questions. 

This is a partnership. We will rely on you to guide our care and we will provide the best evidence-based solutions possible to our recommendations. 

Please note we are not a pain management center and do not provide long-term narcotic prescriptions or provide medical disability for non-surgical patients. Evidence does not support the use of narcotic medications for chronic pain. Studies are lacking proving that narcotics are helpful in controlling chronic pain. In fact, the negative consequences of narcotic use outweigh any potential benefit. 

Pelvic pain management strategies offered

  • Pharmacotherapy – including the use of anti-inflammatory medications and medications that alter the nerve perception of pain
  • Hormonal management – including birth control pills and progesterone IUDs
  • Counseling – specialized counselors on pain psychiatry and sexual health
  • Physical therapy – specialists in pelvic floor physical therapy
  • Nerve blocks – trigger point injections or nerve blocks
  • Surgical evaluation and management
  • Mesh removal
  • Bladder installations
  • Nerve stimulator implantation
  • Complementary alternative medicine
  • Botox injections

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