A study conducted by Dr. Rachel Pauls, a urogynecologic surgeon at Cincinnati Urogynecology in West Chester and Clifton, is featured in the September/October issue of The Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery journal.
The three-year randomized study of 50 women found that women who have pelvic floor physical therapy after prolapse surgery build better muscle strength, control and relaxation and regain a better quality of life.
Pauls recently presented her findings at the Society for Gynecologic Surgeons convention held recently in Charleston, South Carolina.
“Despite evidence in other surgical fields that therapy improves muscle function and quality of life after joint replacement, the available literature assessing physical therapy impact following pelvic surgery has been scant,” explained Pauls.
The study was funded with a grant from the TriHealth Medical Educational Research Fund. Patients received treatment at the Center for Pelvic Floor and Core Rehabilitation at Good Samaritan and West Chester hospitals.
Pauls, whose specialties also include female sexual dysfunction and sexual pain, was named Mentor of the Year in 2012 by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
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