A New and Improved Treatment Alternative for Menopausal Women

By on June 10, 2015
MonoLisa Touch treatment

By Lysa Barry –

Today’s newly emerging women in their 40’s and 50’s face newer opportunities, challenges and growth. Women of today are more active, hands on and embrace life unlike any other generation before them. Yet, that quality of a woman’s life can be drastically affected after menopause.

The lack of estrogen in the body has unforeseen side effects for both sexual activity and general health. And hormone replacement isn’t for everyone – especially women who have had breast cancer or a hysterectomy. So how can these women cope with painful symptoms such as dryness, itching or pain during intercourse?   

“By definition a woman passing into menopause means they’ve lost their ability to produce estrogen,” says Dr. Mickey Karram, an internationally renowned Urogynecologist and pelvic surgeon. He is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstruction Surgery and is the Honorary Editor-In-Chief of the International Urogynecology Journal and the consumer publication Female Health Today, as well as the past president of the American Urogynecology Society.     

“Symptoms such as hot flashes occur and the lack of estrogen develops into vaginal atrophy, dryness irritation and the tendency to develop urinary tract infections,” says Dr. Karram. Those problems are very common – as high as 50% of women after menopause are affected.  

Enter in MonaLisa Touch Technology, the most recent innovation from Cynosure, a worldwide leader in the surgical and medical technology marketplace. MonaLisa Touch Technology is an alternative therapy for vaginal mucosal revitalization. It is a medical laser that delivers controlled energy to revitalize the cells within the vaginal tissue so the cells can create more collagen, which is an essential ingredient in vaginal cell health. “The unique thing is the treatment which takes three to five minutes with no anesthesia,” says Dr. Karram. “It has no downtime and is very minimally invasive with almost no discomfort.”  

MonaLisa Touch utilizes a CO2 laser energy that is delivered via side-firing probe inserted into the vaginal canal.  A two-part pulse targets surface (epithelial) tissue and deep (lamina propria) tissue to promote vaginal mucosal revitalization. The treatment is appropriate for any female who has gone through menopause, as well as those who are experiencing post-menopausal symptoms as a result of a hysterectomy or breast cancer treatments.  

Dr. Karram is the first surgeon in the United States to use the MonaLisa Touch Technology. A study he conducted along with Dr. Eric Sokol, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Stanford University Medical Center, evaluated the laser treatment on postmenopausal women that were experiencing vaginal health issues. The outcome was positive for women who cannot, or prefer not to receive estrogen therapy. MonaLisa Touch was first available outside the US where more than 5,000 patients have been treated. There are now currently over 30 machines nationwide with a growing number of physicians embracing this new technology.  

Most patients see great results after the very first treatment, however the procedure traditionally calls for three treatments, spaced six weeks apart. Patients should also expect to come back annually for a maintenance treatment and should refrain from sexual activity for two to three days after the treatment.    

“Previously the only way to deal with the symptoms of menopause was to use hormones or lubricants. MonaLisa Touch Technology is a non-invasive and nonhormonal alternative to an extremely distressing problem,” says Dr. Karram. “We have seen remarkable success and With these kinds of outcomes, the MonaLisa Touch is a game-changing procedure for my post-menopausal patients and women can now regain their quality of life.”  

Dr. Karram MonoLisa TouchDr. Karram is an internationally renowned Urogynecologist and pelvic surgeon. He is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive  Surgery.  He is the first surgeon in the United States to use the MonaLisa Touch Technology. He completed his fellowship training in Urogynecology at Harbor UCLA School of Medicine. He is the Honorary Editor-In-Chief of the International Urogynecology Journal and the consumer publication Female Health Today, as well  as the past present of the American Urogynecology Society. He has published mote than 200 scientific article and book chapters and has co-authored numerous textbooks including “Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery”, the “Atlas of Pelvic Anatomy and Gynecologic Surgery” along with a series of eight books entitled “Female Pelvic Surgery Video Atlas”. 

 

 Lysa Barry is owner and president of Barry and Associates. For the past 27 years she has developed her firm from a standard Public Relations Agency to a strongly utilized Media Relations and News Bureau specializing in healthcare and other breaking news related products.  Some of her clients have included hospitals owned by Tenet, Columbia and Dignity Hospitals (formerly known as (CHW)Catholic Healthcare West) as well as several renowned physician groups and medical institutions throughout Southern California.

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A New and Improved Treatment Alternative for Menopausal Women