A teenager with cramps so intense she could not go to school
A 30-year-old whose pelvic pain led to severe emotional distress
An elderly woman who found the simple act of sitting to be unbearable
more than 25 years Dr. Maurice Chung has treated these women and others
for a range of problems, including menstrual pain, sexual pain, bladder
control, and organ prolapse. He is quietly passionate about dealing
with pain in the least invasive way possible.
Avoid Unnecessary Surgery
pain is often misdiagnosed as endometriosis,” Dr. Chung explains. “In
fact, endometriosis – an abnormality of the uterus – accounts for only
about 20% of all cases.”
Looking at the symptom too narrowly can
lead to the wrong treatment. For example, if a single organ such as the
uterus is believed to be the culprit, unnecessary surgery can result.
But when other issues are involved – such as nerve or muscle damage –
even a treatment as drastic as hysterectomy (surgical removal of the
uterus) won’t be effective.
Dr. Chung is committed to helping
women avoid unnecessary surgery. “When a woman comes to me with severe
pain, I start with the least invasive treatment approach. The vast
majority of pelvic pain cases do not require major surgery,” he says.
New Center for Treating Pelvic Pain
Chung oversees the Van Wert County Hospital Women’s Center of
Excellence for Pelvic Pain, Organ Prolapse and Bladder Control, a
comprehensive treatment facility opened in 2015. Visitors to the Center
include women at every stage of life, from teenagers to the elderly.
graduate of Northeastern University College of Pharmacy and Tufts
University Medical School, Dr. Chung is board-certified in both OB-GYN
and uro-gynecology and has been a certified laparoscopic surgeon since
‘Pain is not normal’
Women may think
that symptoms such as severe menstrual cramps or pressure on the bladder
caused by aging are unavoidable. Or they may be embarrassed to discuss
issues like painful intercourse and urinary incontinence. Sometimes,
after unsuccessful attempts to treat pelvic pain, women are made to feel
the problem is all in their head.
“Women have a tendency to care
for family and loved ones first and may neglect or downplay their own
discomfort,” Dr. Chung says. “But pain is not normal. We take all
symptoms seriously, and we want our patients to know they are not alone.
With proper diagnosis and treatment, there is a good possibility we can
eliminate or significantly reduce pain without drastic measures.”