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Why urologists are great surgeons

Every day, I am so grateful to be a urologist. Does that sound weird?! I’m sure it does! Why in the world would someone want to be in a field dealing with…you know what! But it is such a great field of surgery! We have lots of interesting and rewarding cases, and urologists are true professionals and usually genuinely nice people to be around. And you have to have a good sense of humor in this field!

Unless you work in surgery in some capacity, you probably have no idea what sort of training is involved in each surgical field. I don’t think I fully understood until I was a surgery intern. I just knew that I liked the idea of being able to “fix” someone’s problem and that it would take many years to get good at it. For urology it took 6 years, working 80-100+ hours per week.

The beauty of urology is that we start in General Surgery and rotate through everything from major trauma cases to belly cases to heart surgery. We get to see and help out with some major surgery. The adrenaline is really pumping when you have a patient crashing in the ER and you have to help stabilize them and rush them to the operating room!

When we then progress into our specialty of urology, we still have major cases and trauma but they are all focused on the urinary tract: Gunshot wounds to the kidneys, ruptured bladders from car accidents, machete wounds to the testicles, and even a penis that got caught in a machine and half the skin got pulled off. We can handle all of this.

Major cancers of the bladder and kidney require the urologist to have either specialized skills with the laparoscopic robotic instruments, or the courage to make a major incision in the flank or abdomen. We know how to make completely new bladders out of the intestines. These cases can take all day and require a laser-focus attention to detail as you progress through the countless steps of the surgery.

On the other hand, urologists do the most delicate surgeries of all, even down to microscopic surgery. In pediatric surgery, we repair birth defects on baby penises. In the field of infertility, we bring in powerful microscopes to do vasectomy reversals with sutures as fine as an eyelash.

Since we are dealing with pelvic organs, we have to be able to operate deep in the pelvis, often working by feel if the visibility isn’t good. We use scopes and lots of different tools to creatively remove tumors and stones. The technology is incredible and is always improving.

And believe it or not, there is an aesthetic aspect to urology. One of my colleagues would say after completing a well-done circumcision: “A thing of beauty is a joy forever!”

On top of all of that, urologists have to have the personality to help patients open up about very private things. That’s why successful urologists are often very friendly and funny!

I love the field of urology and my urological colleagues, and I want you to know that you can trust that your urologist, whether it is me or someone else, has had great surgical training to take good care of you!

To your health,
Dr. Christi

Looking back and looking forward

This is the four year anniversary of our beautiful little office!   We launched Houston Female Urology four years ago on 7/7/14.  I can hardly believe it.  So far we have over 5,100 patients in our practice!  We are very busy!  I cannot be more excited and grateful for the year that we have had and the year ahead!

In our fourth year we have continued to pursue the cutting edge of urology and urogynecology.   We added the new EMSella chair which is a simple and effective way to treat urinary incontinence and overactive bladder.  Patients are loving the EMSella!

I have pioneered the non-mesh robotic bladder lift.   The results have been as good as mesh.  While I still use and love the mesh repair, it is nice to be able to offer another option to patients who request it.   My robotic success rates remain in the 99% range with 0% conversion to open.

I’ve added platelet-rich plasma as an option to treat incontinence and orgasm dysfunction.  This is an exciting new form of regenerative medicine which is done right in the office.

We have launched a new website which has much more information on it to educate and inform.   It is really beautiful and user-friendly and can be found at ChristiMD.com.   A little shorter website name!

I’ve started offering free monthly webinars to educate patients and they have been very well-received.   This has been a great way to get the word out about new procedures and have private seminars to answer patients’ questions confidentially.

We have a new Physician Assistant, Shannon Bernbaum, who graduated with top honors from medical school.  She is a great addition to the practice.

The best part:  My whole team remains committed to providing excellent and personalized medical care.   I am honored to work with an incredible group of women who are completely dedicated and professional!   Patients are consistently impressed with my staff and it makes me so happy!

Finally, I want to honor and thank God for allowing me to be a part of what He is doing to restore and renew women’s health.  I rest in His power and grace and know He has good plans always for us!

Cheers to a healthy you!
-Dr. Christi

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Mother’s Day … It’s All About You, for a Change

Mother’s Day is YOUR day, so make sure you celebrate! After you spend the holiday with your children and family, it’s time to do something just for yourself. One of the greatest gifts you can give yourself is a renewed sense of self. How do you do that? Well, you can start with making sure you are in the best health possible, and that includes your feminine and intimate health.

Being a mom is wonderful, and you wouldn’t trade it for the world. But, let’s be honest: giving birth probably left your body in a worse physical state than before you were pregnant. Childbirth and the natural process of aging leave many women with reduced vaginal function and bladder control. Does this sound familiar? Vaginal dryness, laxity and reduced sensation are very common for moms, as well as problems with urine leakage.

Dr. Christi has a solution: ThermiVa

Think of it as a non-surgical Mommy Makeover for your feminine health. ThermiVa is a painless in-office treatment that uses radiofrequency energy to gently heat vaginal tissue and regenerate collagen. The treatment targets both the internal and external areas of the vagina to improve function and return appearance to a more youthful state. It turns back the clock on your feminine wellness, to the way it was before your children were born.

May is a busy month for Dr. Christi, with lots of moms scheduling their Mother’s Day gift to themselves. Call our office at 281-717-4003 to schedule your consultation for the best gift you can give yourself: a renewed you.

Cheers to a healthy you!
-Dr. Christi

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Turn Back the Clock with Vaginal Rejuvenation

Let’s face it. Our bodies change after childbirth, and then again with menopause. One of the most common and significant changes occurs in vaginal health, but it’s often the least talked about. If you’re like many women, you figure that childbirth wreaked havoc on your vagina and it’s just something you have to live with. I am here to tell you that you do NOT just have to accept this as your new normal. There are several things that can be done to restore your feminine wellness to the way it used to be.

During childbirth, the vaginal walls stretch beyond normal to allow the baby to pass through the pelvis. What’s supposed to happen is that your natural elastin and collagen kick in and rebound the vaginal walls back to their normal state. But this doesn’t always happen. When the vaginal walls do not recover, and remain loose after childbirth, it can affect sexual function as well as bladder and bowel function.

When you go through menopause, declining estrogen levels leave your vaginal walls thin and inelastic. This is why so many postmenopausal women suffer from vaginal dryness and burning. Estrogen is what keeps the walls plumped up and elastic, and without enough of it your vaginal health deteriorates.

So, what exactly is vaginal rejuvenation?

The term refers to a group of procedures that all have the same goal: to restore both the function and appearance of your vagina. Here’s what we can do for you:

ThermiVa  This quick and painless procedure returns your vagina to the way it was before childbirth. ThermiVa uses radiofrequency energy to gently heat vaginal tissue and rejuvenate collagen. The treatment targets both the internal and external areas of the vagina to improve function and return appearance to a more youthful state.

MonaLisa Touch  Similar to ThermiVa, the MonaLisa Touch procedure also uses focused heat energy to repair the vagina. MonaLisa Touch is ideal for women who have gone through menopause, breast cancer treatment or who have abnormal or painful vaginal walls. The laser treatment pinpoints areas of unhealthy vaginal tissue, gently removes them, and stimulates the remaining tissue into self-rejuvenation.

Vaginal Rejuvenation Surgery  Also called vaginoplasty, this surgical procedure tailors the vaginal walls to restore vaginal girth to its normal configuration. It increases the ability to feel the vaginal walls during intercourse, and restores sexual function for both partners.

At Houston Female Urology, we offer the full range of vaginal rejuvenation options because each woman’s needs are different. Call our office to schedule your consultation, and we can get started on returning your feminine health to the way it used to be.

Cheers to a healthy you!
-Dr. P

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Don’t Let Your Bladder Ruin Your New Year’s Resolutions

If you’re like millions of other Americans, you have proclaimed that 2018 will be the year you become a healthier person. You will eat better foods, drink more water and exercise more. You will go to bed earlier, and spend more time nurturing the relationships most important to you.

But, have you ever thought about how your urological and pelvic health affects your overall well-being? When you are dealing with bladder problems or other feminine concerns, it’s pretty hard to take control of your general health.

Here are some of this year’s top resolutions that may be impossible to achieve until you get your urological health under control:

  1. Exercise more. If you suffer from stress incontinence, then whatever level of exercise you are currently doing is already making you pee in your pants. Why would you want to make that worse?
  1. Eat and drink healthier. Adding to your water intake is great, but if you’re already dealing with urinary incontinence, drinking more water just adds to the problem.
  1. Get more sleep. You know something that might help you sleep more soundly? Not getting up to go to the bathroom several times. Going to bed earlier may only mean more time for additional bathroom trips before sunrise.
  1. Focus on relationships. Your relationship with your significant other deserves your full attention, and intimacy is important. But for many menopausal women, physiological changes make intimacy unpleasant and something to avoid. Improving your sexual health can make huge strides in keeping your relationship solid.

So…now that you know how your pelvic region affects your overall health, it’s time to make a change. At Houston Female Urology, we have a NEW way to improve feminine wellness. We have added one of the newest technologies for bladder control and pelvic restoration, and we are the first urology practice in the city to offer the procedure. The in-office treatment is non-surgical, non-hormonal and painless. Click here to learn more.

Call our office at 281.823.9380 to schedule a consultation, and we’ll get started on a plan just for you.

Cheers to a healthy you!
-Dr. P

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