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Susan Mottola is an active 52-year-old from Massapequa. She works as both a personal trainer and a crossing guard — two professions that require her to be on her feet and mobile.

In 2012, Mrs. Mottola had been experiencing uncomfortable symptoms, including a frequent urge to urinate that was interfering with her work. Looking for relief, she consulted Peter Finamore, MD, chief of urogynecology at Southside Hospital and member of the Women’s Pelvic Health Program of Suffolk County at North Shore-LIJ Health System.

Dr. Finamore conducted multiple tests, including computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, and determined that Mrs. Mottola had a prolapsed uterus. He recommended that
Mrs. Mottola undergo a hysterectomy, but matters at home caused her to postpone treatment.

About a year and a half later, Mrs. Mottola went back to her OB/GYN for a checkup to find that her condition had worsened and her rectum had also prolapsed. Realizing that she needed treatment soon, she followed up with Dr. Finamore.

“I searched for Dr. Finamore because I really liked him,” Mrs. Mottola said. “That says a lot about his bedside manner. I worked in hospitals for 25 years as a radiation therapist, so I have a good idea of doctors, their bedside manner and what to look for, and he was great.”

Dr. Finamore was able to use Mrs. Mottola’s previous medical records to pick up where they had left off. He also referred her to a colorectal specialist, David Rivadeneira, MD, also a member of the Women’s Pelvic Health Program of Suffolk County, to treat her prolapsed rectum.

Both physicians fully prepped Mrs. Mottola before her surgery. In just one meeting, Dr. Finamore sat with Mrs. Mottola and her husband for an hour to go over diagrams and show them exactly how the surgery would be performed and what changes would be made. This level of information made her feel confident and comfortable.

In October 2014, Drs. Finamore and Rivadeneira performed Mrs. Mottola’s surgery, which included a robotic-performed hysterectomy, insertion of a bladder sling, placement of cervical mesh and a lifting of her rectum. Today, Mrs. Mottola says she is feeling 100 percent better. She is running every day and no longer has problems with using the restroom. The painful sexual complications she had experienced are gone.

Asked if she would recommend Drs. Finamore and Rivadeneira, she said, “Absolutely. You don’t get a lot of time with doctors anymore, but they spent so much time with me. They were so wonderful working together.”

To learn more about the services offered at the Women’s Pelvic Health Program of Suffolk County, visit To schedule an appointment, call 631-273-3080.

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