When Bunan Alnaif, MD, urogynecologist and reconstructive pelvic surgeon at Bon Secours Maryview, chose her specialty years ago, her mentors insisted that she focus on surgery.
“I considered gynecologic oncology, but my mentors said I was good with my hands,” said Dr. Alnaif. “At the time, gynecologic surgeries were very new, so I have been able to make my mark on the specialty.”
Dr. Alnaif performs urogynecologic procedures at Bon Secours Maryview, including single incision laparoscopic hysterectomies. The procedure is different from the traditional hysterectomy because it requires a single incision and lessens post-operative pain.
“With traditional laparoscopic surgery, multiple incisions are made,” Dr. Alnaif said. “This new method using one incision for a hysterectomy lowers the risk of infection and greatly reduces post-operative pain and scarring, which is a common cosmetic concern for my patients.”
The most common pelvic health problems women face are pelvic pain, incontinence and prolapse. Often, these begin when the pelvis loses support and places extra weight on the lower organs, causing pain and discomfort. According to Dr. Alnaif, most women are relieved to find there are non-surgical solutions. When surgery is appropriate, it is typically less painful than women expect.
“Many women come to me with issues that prevent them from living a full life,” said Dr. Alnaif. “I care as a physician and as a woman. Women don’t have to face these issues alone or live with pain.”