CentraState Medical Center is proud to announce that it has named urogynocologist Martin P. Michalewski, MD, FACOG, the new medical director of its Urogynecology and Pelvic Medicine Program.
Dr. Michalewski earned his medical degree from the Medical University of Gdansk, Poland where he also trained and worked as an attending urogynecologist. Since his arrival to the United States in the early 1990’s, he has studied, trained, conducted research and worked at Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus, NY, and the New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities, Staten Island, NY. He continued clinical training at Saint Vincent’s Medical Center and Sisters of Charity Health Care System, both in Staten Island, NY, and then at New York Hospital Flushing Medical Center, Flushing, NY.
For many years, Dr. Michalewski provided exclusive urogynecologic services for hospitals in Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale, FL, serving as director of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery for South Florida Women’s Health Associates, in Broward and Palm Beach Counties, FL.
Dr. Michalewski holds an impressive list of credentials in his work with robotic and minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery. He helped pioneer several urogynecologic laparoscopic procedures that have improved the quality of life for many women that experienced urinary incontinence, cystocele, rectocele, uterine/vaginal prolapse, pelvic pain, bleeding, fibroids and other gynecological conditions.
From the Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons, Dr. Michalewski received the Achievement Award, distinguishing him as among the best laparoscopic surgeons. He is also the recipient of Outstanding Researcher Status for his extensive research activities.
Dr. Michalewski currently serves as proctor, consultant and lecturer for major surgical companies, including Ethicon’s Endo Surgery, Gynecare Women’s Health and Urology, American Medical Systems, Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci Robotic System, WISAP Medical Technology GmbH, Synergy Surgical and Covidien’s SILS, and teaches other surgeons the newest, minimally invasive surgical techniques.
It is Dr. Michalewski’s belief that living with urinary incontinence, prolapse, pessaries, bleeding, pain or fibroids and not being able to exercise or wearing pads do not have to be a part of any woman’s daily life. Many of these conditions have a negative impact on daily activities or sexual function. Often women feel that they have to accept these conditions and they never seek medical help. Significant advances have been made in the field of urogynecology and procedures are now done on an outpatient basis, which require only a few hours of hospital stay with a return to work or daily activities in a few days to one week, in most cases. There are also multiple, new medical treatment options today that can be employed in place of surgery.
“The field of urogynecology and minimally invasive gynecologic surgery really evolved in the early 2000s,” says Dr. Michalewski. “In the past, women were expected to live with these problems. But now women live longer and are more active, and they deserve to maintain a higher quality of life.”