Danielle came to
see Dr. Maurice Chung after three unsuccessful years of treatment for
pelvic pain. At age 29, she had undergone two surgeries to alleviate
severe cramps and bleeding. When those procedures proved ineffective,
she underwent a complete hysterectomy. But despite all of these drastic
and costly measures, Danielle (not her real name) continued to have
Dr. Chung traced the source of the problem to an earlier
injury. Danielle had fallen, but no one at the time realized there was
damage to her bladder, muscles and nerves. Based on his diagnosis, Dr.
Chung was able to reduce Danielle’s pain by around 80 percent with
medication and minimally invasive surgery. His mission is to help others
like her avoid the same kind of ordeal.
For more than 25 years,
Dr. Chung has treated women for severe menstrual pain, sexual pain,
endometriosis, bladder control, and organ prolapse, among other
ailments. He is quietly passionate about managing pain in the least
invasive way possible.
Clarifying the problem is the first step
pain is often diagnosed as endometriosis,” Dr. Chung points out. “But
endometriosis accounts for only about 20% of all cases.” By viewing pain
through a wider lens and better understanding the source of pain, Dr.
Chung helps women avoid unnecessary surgery. “When a woman comes to me
with severe pain, I start with the least invasive treatment approach,”
he says. “Most instances of pelvic pain do not require major surgery.”
New Center for Treating Pelvic Pain
graduate of Northeastern University College of Pharmacy and Tufts
University Medical School, Dr. Chung is board-certified in OB-GYN and
uro-gynecology. He has been a certified laparoscopic surgeon since 1995.
Dr. Chung oversees the Van Wert County Hospital Women’s Center of
Excellence for Pelvic Pain, Organ Prolapse and Bladder Control, which
opened in 2015.
Visitors to the Center include women at every
stage of life, from teenagers to the elderly. What brings them to the
Center is simple: They have pain – often debilitating pain – but the
cause can be complex difficult to pinpoint. In many cases, women have
come to Dr. Chung only after previous treatment efforts proved
‘Pain is not normal and should not be ignored’
are brought up to accept that pain is a normal part of their lives,”
Dr. Chung says, “but pain is not normal.” It is, however, commonplace
and can take a huge toll on a woman’s quality of life. Pain is
important; it points us toward solving a problem and should not be
ignored. Sometimes, after unsuccessful attempts to treat pelvic pain,
women are made to feel the problem is all in their head when, in fact,
the pain is very real.
“At the Center we take all women’s symptoms
seriously,” Dr. Chung says. “We start by engaging them in a
conversation to understand every possible factor that could be causing
their problem. We want our patients to know they are not alone. With
proper diagnosis and a cautious approach to treatment, there is a good
possibility we can alleviate their pain without drastic measures.”