Conference highlights common women disorders
Abu Dhabi, March 27, 2011
Several leading medical experts took part in a major Gynaecology conference hosted by Corniche Hospital, a Seha Healthsystem facility in affiliation with Johns Hopkins Medicine International, in Abu Dhabi.
The conference titled ‘2nd update in Gynaecology’ saw speakers discuss different topics specific to Urogyneacology including ‘Female Urinary Disorders’, ‘Colorectal Disorders’, ‘Pelvic Organ Prolapse’ and ‘Epidemiology.’
More than 140 Doctors and nurses from over eight different facilities were present at the conference, which focused on the common women disorders.
In her opening remarks, Dr Denise Howard and consultant urogynecology at Corniche Hospital, said, 'Approximately one out of three women suffers from Pelvic Floor Disorders (PFD) including UI, prolapse and fecal disorders.'
'The statistics for the Arab population is still unconfirmed but we expect it to match that of UK and US or even higher as women in Arab region tend to have more children in comparison to other countries in the world,' Dr Howard added.
This conference, she said, aims to highlight these problems, educate providers on the presenting symptoms and the availability of treatment, as well as encourage a discussion of this problem so that women feel comfortable seeking care.
'We advice women to do the pelvic floor muscle exercises or seek help from the obstetrician/gynocologists to learn the right methods,' the expert added.
Dr Howard also discussed the predisposing factors such as pregnancy and vaginal delivery, congenital and genetic factors, aging, menopause and obesity at the seminar.
Dr Massimo Cristaldi, consultant colorectal surgeon, SKMC – Cleveland Clinic, Dr Sandra Culbertson, associate professor, Gynaecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery – Vice Chairman, Clinical Affairs University of Chicago and Dr Halina Zyczynski, associate professor of Obstetrics, director of Division of Urogynaecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine also spoke.
All the experts agreed that there needs to be more discussion on the topic between providers and patients, patients and their families, friends, and loved ones, said Dr Judy Lee, chief medical officer at Corniche Hospital.-TradeArabia News Service