LONG BRANCH, NJ – More than half of all women over age 55 will experience one or more problems associated with pelvic floor dysfunction in her lifetime. These conditions may include urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, vaginal organ prolapse or loss of bowel control. Unfortunately, many women who experience these problems suffer in silence, too embarrassed or afraid to seek help.
Betsy Greenleaf, D.O., a urogynecologist on staff at Monmouth Medical Center, said women should not be embarrassed, but instead realize these are common conditions that are often easily treatable. “I’ve seen many women in my practice who have waited so long before seeking treatment for their pelvic flood disorder,” Dr. Greenleaf said. “Once they realize there are options to help them regain the freedom and normalcy of their lives, they are sorry they didn’t seek help sooner.”
A urogynecologist is an obstetrician/gynecologist (OB-GYN) or urologist who specializes in the care of women with pelvic floor dysfunction. He or she has completed a residency in urology or obstetrics/gynecology and an intensive fellowship in female pelvic health medicine concentrating on surgical treatment of the female pelvis.
Dr. Greenleaf, recently opened a new office at 3469 Route 9 North in Howell, is fellowship trained in Urogyncology from McKinney Teaching, Inc., Athena Women’s Medical Center in Turnersville, New Jersey, and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s program at Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Stratford, New Jersey. She earned her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Stratford. Dr. Greenleaf has also participated in several research projects and conducts literature reviews for professional medical journals.
Dr. Greenleaf explained that the pelvic floor encompasses many aspects of the female anatomy, including the network of muscles, ligaments and other tissues that hold up the pelvic organs – the vagina, rectum, uterus and bladder. “Age, obesity, prior vaginal surgery or multiple vaginal childbirths can cause this system to weaken, become damaged, stretched or torn. When that occurs, the organs can shift, move, or even push against one another or even outside of the body,” she said. “This can result in vaginal or rectal pain, sexual dysfunction, incontinence and other problems.”
Dr. Greenleaf is experienced in treating the wide range of pelvic floor disorders that can occur. In 2007, Dr. Greenleaf performed the first in New Jersey minimally invasive procedure using the MiniArc Single Incision Sling System to treat female stress urinary incontinence, also referred to as bladder leaking. The procedure was performed at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch.
Additionally, Dr. Greenleaf is trained to perform robotic surgery at Monmouth Medical Center, a minimally invasive platform for a variety of pelvic surgeries, including hysterectomy, cyst and fibroid removal. Robotic surgery offers a quicker recovery time, less chance of infection and blood loss, less pain and scarring.
Dr. Greenleaf is currently accepting new patients. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (732) 367-1256.
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