Dr. Maurice Chung
Dr. Maurice Chung

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

 

For 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

“Pelvic 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

Dr. 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.

A 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 1995.

‘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.”