Biomedical Sciences ETDs


Mamta Mamik

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Objective: The objective of this study is to assess differences in self-described goals for treating symptomatic pelvic organ prolapse for women that choose surgery compared to women who choose pessary. Methods: Women who had symptomatic stage 2 prolapse or greater presenting for care of pelvic organ prolapse to the Urogynecology Clinic at the University of New Mexico were recruited. These patients listed up to three goals they had of their treatment and rated the goals from 0 to 10, with 10 being the most important. In addition, patients completed the short forms of the established Pelvic Floor Distress Inventory (PFDI-20), short form of the Pelvic Organ Prolapse/Urinary Incontinence Sexual Questionnaire (PISQ-12) and the Body Image Scale (BIS). The goals by the patients were then categorized into three categories. Each of the listed goals was categorized based on a consensus of 6 providers. vi Results: There were no significant differences between the two groups baseline characteristics. Patients' goals were categorized into three categories by a consensus of the providers. There was a significant difference in pessary and surgery patient ratings of goals only for one of the goal categories (p<0.05). Conclusion: Patient goals for treatment do not appear to differ


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Biomedical Sciences

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Department Name

Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program

First Committee Member (Chair)

Komesu, Yuko

Second Committee Member

Francis, Byrn

Third Committee Member

Warner, Teddy