Mercy Health Names Elizabeth Venard, MD Medical Director of Pelvic Floor Services and Robotic Surgery at West Hospital Women’s Center
Mercy Health – Cincinnati, which provides advanced, compassionate, quality care in your neighborhood through its care network, announces that it has named Elizabeth Venard, MD Medical Director of pelvic floor services and robotic surgery at the hospital’s Women’s Center.
Dr. Venard, an OB/GYN, leads West Hospital’s pelvic floor services team, which specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of pelvic floor disorders. “Pelvic floor” describes the muscles, ligaments, connective tissues and nerves that support the organs in the pelvis, including the bladder and rectum and additionally in women, the uterus and vagina.
Dr. Venard performs the MonaLisa Touch procedure, a laser procedure that can reverse effects of vaginal atrophy. Defined as is the thinning, drying and inflammation of the vaginal walls due to lessening estrogen levels, vaginal atrophy occurs most often after menopause, breast cancer treatment or other medical treatments. For many women, vaginal atrophy not only makes intercourse painful but also leads to distressing urinary symptoms. The laser stimulates collagen stores, reviving dried skin and improving the condition of the vaginal wall without the need for anesthesia. West Hospital is the only Mercy Health hospital in Cincinnati to offer MonaLisa Touch therapy.
Dr. Venard also performs the following robotic-assisted gynecological procedures: hysterectomy, salpingectomy-oophrectomy, ovarian cystectomy, myomectomy and sacrocolpopexy. Benefits of using this type of technology include minimal scarring, less pain, less bleeding, faster recovery and a shorter hospital stay—leading to higher patient satisfaction.
The Women’s Center at West Hospital addresses the health needs of women at every stage of life from maternity to menopause and beyond with comprehensive obstetrical and gynecological services, treatment of menopausal problems, advanced breast care, physical therapy and treatment and physical therapy for pelvic floor conditions in a private setting.
The Center's capabilities include videourodynamic testing, which helps doctors assess how well the bladder and urethra are storing and releasing urine, and pelvic floor services to treat conditions such as:
- pelvic organ prolapse (cystocele, rectocele, enterocele, uterine prolapse, vault prolapse)
- urinary incontinence (stress and overactive bladder)
- fecal incontinence
- voiding dysfunction
- interstitial cystitis
- mesh complications (slings and vaginal mesh)
- fistulae of the female genital tract
Its services are available to women throughout the region, with Mercy Health Physicians and affiliated physicians collaborating across Mercy Health’s clinically integrated network to coordinate patient care.
For more information on any of the available services or to make an appointment, please call the Mercy Health – West Hospital Women’s Center at 513-215-1698.