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50 Ways to Live a Longer, Healthier Life
AARP Bulletin, March 2017|
40. Find a woman doctor
When Harvard researchers in 2016 analyzed Medicare records documenting more than 1.5 million hospitalizations over four years, they found that patients who received care from a female physician were more likely to survive and less likely to be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge. In fact, about 32,000 fewer people would die each year “if male physicians achieved the same outcomes as female physicians,” the researchers said. Previous studies have suggested that female doctors are more likely to follow clinical guidelines and are more effective communicators.



AUGS (American Urogynecologic Society) Conference • October 4, 2017 • 8:30 am - 12:00 pm


Southern Urogynecology is honored to announce that Dr. Andrea Pezzella, local board certified Urogynecologist, and founder of Southern Urogynecology in West Columbia, SC; will be presenting as a Faculty Speaker.

Energy Based Therapies in Gynecology and Vaginal Health: Laser, Light, and Radio-Frequency Therapies

Workshop Director: Kevin Stepp, MD, Carolinas Healthcare System

Faculty: Nathan Guerette, MD; Michael Krychman; Eric Sokol, MD; Andrea Pezzella, MD


This is a combined didactic and hands-on postgraduate workshop intended to cover the rapidly expanding use of energy-based treatments for genitourinary health and wellbeing. Energy-based treatments including LASER, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), and Radiofrequency (RF) are established and common treatments of superficial and deeper skin conditions in dermatology and plastic surgery. These technologies have gained in popularity in gynecology and urogynecology. Although data is rapidly emerging, it is still very limited on these subjects. This workshop will introduce the concepts of laser and light physics as well as radiofrequency treatments to gynecologists.

October 2017

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To Our Valued Patients and Women of the Community:


I am writing to you make you aware of a statement recently released by the FDA (July 13, 2011) concerning the complications that have been reported about vaginal mesh.   Patient safety and satisfaction are my utmost concern and I am actively working with my colleagues to help the FDA gather all the information needed to make proper recommendations.


Unfortunately, complications can occur during any surgical procedure and mesh complications can and do happen.  The most common risks of mesh placement include exposure of mesh material, and/or pain with intercourse. The key to decreasing the risk of these complications is to place the mesh properly.  This requires the correct surgical technique for dissection, (preparing the space within the pelvis in which the mesh will ‘lie’), delivery (bringing the mesh to the optimal attachment sites) and setting or “adjusting” the mesh material.   This placement is best done in the hands of physicians who are specialists in this area and who have done numerous procedures.


Clinical research by some physicians demonstrates very favorable results with improvement in anatomy and quality of life, while other studies suggest no benefit and potential risks. Interestingly these studies are often conducted on the very same mesh or procedure, yet yield very different outcomes and conclusions.   Understandably, the FDA tends to hear from physician groups as well as patients only about the negative outcomes or problems. There are additional studies on large groups of patients,   some who have had mesh implanted over eight years ago, that report less that 2% of patients developing any complications.  And in fact over 90 % of those patients are reporting very high satisfaction with the results.


You can rest assured when you choose Southern Urogynecology for your care we have been using mesh during vaginal surgery in our practice with the same excellent results.  I am well trained and experienced in this procedure having performed over 100 surgeries since opening in September, 2010.


I hope this information provides you with a better understanding and a more balanced perspective to vaginal mesh surgery and also relieves you of any unnecessary concerns.  Please do not hesitate to call our office if you have any questions or concerns.






Andrea Pezzella, M.D.



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