Kat’s Story | Beaumont Women’s Urology Center

Kat’s Story | Beaumont Women’s Urology Center


KAT MEDINA NINO LIVES WITH PAIN EVERY MINUTE
OF EVERY DAY FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS. I wake up with pain… and I go to bed with pain.
I am never without pain. KAT?S SEVERE PELVIC PAIN IS CALLED PUDENDAL NERVE NEURALGIA. It
made sitting for a long period of time extremely difficult. Very painful, almost as if I were
sitting on knives. STANDING ISN?T MUCH BETTER. AT AGE 41, SHE GETS AROUND USING A CANE. TWO
YEARS AGO, THE PAIN BECAME SO BAD, SHE TOOK MEDICAL LEAVE FROM HER 20-YEAR CAREER IN ADVERTISING.
Aside from my doctor’s appointments, I have a very limited ability to go out and enjoy
my life. So I am pretty much stuck at my home. HER COMPUTER AND SOCIAL MEDIA HAS REPLACED
MOST IN PERSON HUMAN CONTACT. Prior to my pudendal nerve neuralgia I was able to enjoy
my life and go out to dinner and meet friends and go shopping. AFTER SEEING MANY DOCTORS
AND ENDURING NUMEROUS TREATMENTS SHE SCOURED THE INTERNET FOR HELP. KAT FOUND HOPE ACROSS
LAKE MICHIGAN. SHE LEARNED ABOUT A PROCEDURE PIONEERED BY A SURGEON AT BEAUMONT HOSPITAL?S
WOMEN?S UROLOGY CENTER NEAR DETROIT. The women that we see are very challenging in that they
have suffered a long time. And it?s had such a negative impact on their quality of life.
DURING THIS PROCEDURE: DR. KEN PETERS PLACES A TINY ELECTRODE AT THE PUDENDAL NERVE IN
THE PELVIS. IT EMITS A LOW LEVEL PULSE TO THE NERVE WHICH EVENTUALLY TELLS THE BRAIN
TO OVERRIDE ABNORMAL SIGNALS THAT CAUSE PELVIC PAIN AND BLADDERS PROBLEMS. THE PROCEDURE
IS CALLED; PUDENDAL NEUROMODULATION. What happens a lot in these patients who are suffering
from voiding dysfunction and pelvic pain is there is something wrong in that communication.
That the wrong signals are being sent through the nerves to those organs which lead to the
underlying problem. AFTER TWO WEEKS OF MEASURING THE IMPACT OF THE DEVICE ON KAT?S PAIN SYMPTOMS,
SHE RETURNED TO THE OPERATING ROOM. THIS TIME, DR. PETERS IMPLANTED THE PERMANENT DEVICE
WHICH ACTS MUCH LIKE A HEART PACEMAKER, CONSTANTLY SENDING THOSE PULSES. THE HOPE IS TO GIVE
KAT RELIEF FOR YEARS TO COME. It really is an amazing thing and when you make somebody
better who no one else has been able to help. I mean, as a physician, nothing feels better
than that. Since the surgery, my symptoms have drastically improved. I can actually
wake up and not feel like my back is broken.

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