Dr. Sprock Helps Oleta White Become “Tom Boy” Again

By  //  May 23, 2012

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BREVARD COUNTY • ROCKLEDGE, FLORIDA — Oleta White, 61, of Cocoa, Florida is a very happy and satisfied patient of Dr. Marja Sprock, 12 months after receiving a life-changing surgery performed by the fellowship-trained Urogynecologist, Dr. Marja Sprock.

“Thanks to Dr. Sprock, I am once again able to lead my very active lifestyle,” said White.

“I am an avid gardener and am always on the go. Thanks to the great surgery that Dr. Sprock performed on me, I am now back to being a “Tom boy” again.”

During surgery, Dr. Sprock installed a mesh system which provided critical support creating an environment where the muscles of the vagina and rectum could work more effectively for Mrs. White.

Dr. Marja Sprock

“Dr. Sprock took her time with me to really see what was going on,” said White.

“Dr. Sprock performed very effective and accurate testing on me over about 12 weeks prior to deciding that surgery was necessary. The testing was not uncomfortable and I was up and about almost immediately after the surgery.  The pain was no worse than typical menstrual pains or tummy cramps.”

In a recent study, one third of women aged 54 to 79 years, who reported urine leakage once monthly at baseline progressed to leaking at least once a week over a two-year follow-up. Daily incontinence was reported in 12 percent of American women between the ages of 60 and 64 years, and in 21 percent of women 85 years and older

Daily incontinence or leakage a couple times a week, or just the fact that you never know what to expect can severely influence quality of life.

Influence of Stress and Age

In general, urinary incontinence is caused by stress incontinence in about half of women with incontinence, with combined stress and urge, also called mixed incontinence, next common, and urge incontinence least common.

These estimates change with age, with urge incontinence more common in the elderly.

Testing & Treatment

Mixed urinary incontinence makes adequate treatment more challenging, because both the stress as well as the urge incontinence must be recognized and treated. If not diagnosed as a mixed cause incontinence, treatment will probably be ineffective.

A thorough history with focused physical exams and specific diagnostic testing is imperative to accurately identify the etiology or, in the case of mixed incontinence, etiologies of incontinence.

Urodynamic testing (bladder filling and trying to mimic what causes the leak) and cystoscopy (examining the bladder through a scope) in the office can aid in making a correct diagnosis.

Once an accurate diagnosis has been made, treatment specific to the etiologies can be discussed and initiated.

Urinary incontinence is caused by stress incontinence in about half of women with incontinence, with combined stress and urge, also called mixed incontinence, next common, and urge incontinence least common. (Shutterstock image)

Appropriate treatment of mixed incontinence consists of two stages. Whether the stress or the urge component of the mixed incontinence is treated first depends on the severity of each. Each patient needs a customized approach depending on the diagnostic testing.

In stress incontinence, the urethral area closest to the bladder stays open. Treating the stress incontinence closes “the open door” from bladder to urethra (the tube through which urine gets expelled), and treating bladder spasms/urgency addresses the overactive bladder.

“I am so impressed with the professionalism of her staff and the talent and bed-side manner of Dr. Sprock,” said White.

“She really knows what she is doing and I urge all ladies out there with any sort of female issues to make an appointment to see Dr. Marja Sprock. She will help you a lot and she is also a lot of fun and a hoot.”

About Dr. Marja Sprock

SPECIALITY: Dr. Sprock is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist (FACOG) with fellowship training in urogynecology.

EDUCATION: Dr. Sprock, who has two decades of experience as a physician, trained as an obstetrician-gynecologist at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, and always gravitated toward the gynecological side of the specialty.

“I think a lot of people need help in that area,” she says.

She completed her fellowship in urogynecology at Henry Ford Hospital and has practiced in the field for the past ten years. Central Florida UroGynecology is entirely dedicated to urogynecology and cosmetic gynecology.

Dr. Sprock

A Dutch native, Dr. Sprock moved to the United States to do her OB/GYN residency training at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. She continued her training in Urogynecology at Henry Ford Hospital, one of the major teaching hospitals in the United States, under Dr. David Richardson.

Spending more than a decade at Henry Ford, Dr. Sprock also served as the assistant program director of the OB/GYN residency program for five years and as the director of the Urogynecology section. She has been honored with numerous awards during her career, from excellence in laparoscopic surgery to excellence in patient care.

AWARDS/HONORS: Recognized by Henry Ford Hospital for her commitment to excellence in women’s care and resident education.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS/AFFILIATIONS: As a member of the International UroGynecological Association (IUGA), Dr. Sprock has traveled the world; nationally she is a member of the American UroGynecologic Society (AUGS) and the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL).

GREATEST PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENT: Always striving for excellence and great relationships.

GREATEST PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT: Making personalized and caring urogynecologic and cosmetic services available to women. Many women suffer with urinary, fecal or vaginal  prolapse problems.

“They always think they’re the only one,” Dr. Sprock says.

“I can make people feel a lot better. They look 10 years younger. They get their self-confidence back.”

This makes the specialty particularly rewarding for her as a doctor.

INNOVATIONS: Dr. Sprock has contributed to the development of several mesh and incontinence sling products as well the development of new surgical procedures. In addition she has taught numerous physicians the latest techniques and helped them improve their surgical skills and knowledge.

WHAT SETS HER APART: Dr. Sprock is one of the few female urogynecologists in the country. She is down to earth and has a great sense of humor, which makes discussing these sensitive problems a whole lot easier. Do not feel embarrassed to discuss any urine, fecal, or vaginal prolapse problem— there are solutions and options out there.

FOR MORE INFORMATION LOG ON TO CFUroGyn.com or call 321-806-3929

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