Choosing The Right Doctor

26 Choosing The Right Doctor

When a symptomatic patient seeks correction for pelvic organ prolapse or bladder dysfunction, it’s critically important that she choose the right physician. It is a highly specialized area within the field of gynecology, and very few physicians have had adequate training in the treatment of these disorders.

“One of the greatest challenges for OB/GYN residency programs today is in providing adequate gynecologic surgical volume and training for their residents. Many programs need greater numbers of resident physicians to handle the obstetric volume in delivering babies but they are unable to provide equal and sufficient gynecologic volume to properly train gynecologic surgeons. This has become such a significant issue that there has been discussion about separating the two specialties into different residency programs. It is frightening to see the lack of gynecologic surgical training in some graduates of residency programs. Even more frightening is that many of these surgeons never have the opportunity to learn and improve their techniques.”

In contrast, Dr. Grisham is one of the most highly trained and skilled physicians in the nation for treatment of such disorders. He has undergone extensive training over the past seventeen years, learning both classic and cutting edge techniques to treat patients suffering from prolapse disorders. He continues to research and study the current treatment methods in order to find new ways to improve upon them. His expertise is sought for teaching other physicians these procedures and also as a consultant to companies trying to develop improved technologies for the treatment of these disorders.

“I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to train at the University of Texas Medical Branch and to have had gifted mentors and the surgical volume and variety of cases I did. In addition to the training at our university hospitals, I was given the opportunity to do an intensive pelvic surgery fellowship in South Texas where severe pelvic organ prolapse is extremely common. One simple example of the disparity in training is that at the time I completed my residency training, the average resident completed only 5 vaginal hysterectomies. In contrast, after completing 120 vaginal hysterectomies I passed all further cases to my junior residents. The combination of my interest and ability, coupled with gifted mentors and enormous surgical volume and variety, has provided a solid foundation, upon which I have continued to build through continuing education, surgical courses, labs, lectures, seminars, meetings, medical and surgical practice, and an exchange of dialogue, ideas and critique with pelvic reconstructive surgeons from around the world, thus allowing me to provide the most advanced treatments to my patients.”

If you think you may be suffering from pelvic organ prolapse or bladder dysfunction, we encourage you to contact our office to schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Grisham.