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November 18, 2017  
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  • Fibroids1: Are fibroids the likely cause of my pelvic pain?
    Dr. Frank Tu: Perhaps the biggest challenge we face as gynecologists is pelvic pain disorders. They are much more common than recognized and frequently are a source of diagnostic confusion. Because fibroids are so common among women, there is a natural instinct to treat fibroids as the root cause of pain disorders. Truthfully, there are numerous contributing factors to pain in the pelvic area besides fibroids. I think the real challenge is trying to unearth what the actual causes are without doing the flip-side of under treating relevant fibroids.
    Dr. Frank Tu: Perhaps the biggest challenge we face as gynecologists is pelvic pain disorders. They are much more common than recognized and frequently are a source of diagnostic confusion. Because fibroids are so common among women, there is a natural instinct to treat fibroids as the root cause of pain disorders. Truthfully, there are numerous contributing factors to pain in the pelvic area besides fibroids. I think the real challenge is trying to unearth what the actual causes are without doing the flip-side of under treating relevant fibroids.
    Dr. Frank Tu

    Dr. Frank Tu


    Dr. Frank Tu, MD, is Director of the new Division of Gynecologic Endoscopic Surgery and Female Chronic Pelvic Pain in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Evanston Northwestern Healthcare. He specializes in minimally invasive, endoscopic techniques and approaches pelvic pain from a multidisciplinary perspective. Dr. Tu's background includes subspecialty fellowship training in laparoscopic surgery and chronic pelvic pain management. He received his medical degree from the University of Alabama, and completed an obstetrics and gynecology residency at Northwestern University and a fellowship program at the University of North Carolina in advanced laparoscopic surgery and pelvic pain management. He conducts clinical studies collaboratively with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago's Center for Pain Studies and is an Assistant Professor at the Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine.

    Dr. Frank Tu

    Dr. Frank Tu


    Dr. Frank Tu, MD, is Director of the new Division of Gynecologic Endoscopic Surgery and Female Chronic Pelvic Pain in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Evanston Northwestern Healthcare. He specializes in minimally invasive, endoscopic techniques and approaches pelvic pain from a multidisciplinary perspective. Dr. Tu's background includes subspecialty fellowship training in laparoscopic surgery and chronic pelvic pain management. He received his medical degree from the University of Alabama, and completed an obstetrics and gynecology residency at Northwestern University and a fellowship program at the University of North Carolina in advanced laparoscopic surgery and pelvic pain management. He conducts clinical studies collaboratively with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago's Center for Pain Studies and is an Assistant Professor at the Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine.

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