Getting a second opinion changed Mildred Deodato Rios’s life.
A court officer who stands for many hours each day, the 50-year-old Holbrook woman had been experiencing symptoms that were disrupting her daily life, including a constant feeling of pressure in her pelvic region, problems using the bathroom and pelvic pain. Her condition was further complicated by an existing kidney condition that has left her with one functioning kidney.
In September 2014, she visited Peter Finamore, MD, chief of urogynecology at Southside Hospital, for a second opinion about her symptoms and test results. She was amazed by his feedback.
“I brought all of my records to him, including the tests that the first doctor had done, and asked his thoughts,” she said. “He was so on point. For example, he pointed at my records, saw I had a special test done, and told me what the test meant and what other notes in my records meant. The other doctor had not done any of this.”
Following a physical examination and review of her records, Dr. Finamore, a member of the Women’s Pelvic Health Program of Suffolk County, determined that Ms. Deodato Rios’s rectum, lower intestines, uterus and bladder were all prolapsed.
“I think my first doctor was in too much of a rush,” she said. “Dr. Finamore takes his time with his patients, and he made sure that I was taken care of.”
Ms. Deodato Rios notes that from the start Dr. Finamore made her feel comfortable discussing topics that can be uncomfortable to talk about.
“He sat down and talked to me first, even before an exam,” she said. “I had a list of questions, and he answered all of them. Right away, he said that because I have kidney issues he wanted to bring in a urologist, and for my lower intestine issues he wanted to bring in Dr. David Rivadeneira (a colorectal specialist and also a member of the Women’s Pelvic Health Program of Suffolk County).”
Ms. Deodato Rios’s surgery required coordination between the surgeons in order to perform multiple procedures, including correcting the prolapsed rectum, lower intestines and uterus, and inserting a sling to hold up her bladder.
Following her surgery and recovery, Ms. Deodato Rios is much more comfortable, and her symptoms are completely gone. She would recommend that any woman with similar symptoms seek out treatment as soon as possible.
“I would tell other women to not be scared of treatment,” she said. “It is an embarrassing condition, but there are a lot of us who go through it in secret. Treatment will improve your life much more than walking around in secret.”
To learn more about the services offered at the Women’s Pelvic Health Program of Suffolk County, visit bit.ly/nslij-pelvichealth. To schedule an appointment, call 631-273-3080.