Dr. Yair Walzer has added a leading edge treatment to his practice to resolve vaginal health issues often caused by menopause. The MonaLisa Touch™, an in-office procedure that is virtually painless and requires no anesthesia, received FDA clearance in 2014. Dr. Walzer is one of the first physicians in Tennessee to offer the special fractional CO2 laser specifically designed to help postmenopausal women as well as breast cancer survivors.
In 2010 there were greater than 46M women between the ages of 50 and 80, the typical age when women are past menopause. In addition, there are approximately 250K breast cancer diagnoses per year, but the disease has a survival rate of nearly 90% at five years. That adds up to a large portion of our population likely suffering in silence from a wide array of vaginal health concerns ranging from severe discomfort to painful sex; any of these can greatly impact a woman's quality of life. While some promising treatments have come to market in recent years, many fail to deliver adequate relief and can be accompanied with severe side effects. For breast cancer survivors, most current treatments aren't an option.
Enter MonaLisa Touch, the most recent innovation distributed by Cynosure®, a worldwide leader in the surgical, medical and aesthetic pulsed-light and laser marketplace. Performed in an office environment without the need for anesthesia and with minimal side effects, the MonaLisa Touch delivers CO2 laser energy to the vaginal wall to promote vaginal mucosal revitalization and a return of vaginal health. Patients undergo three treatments spaced six weeks apart, and each treatment time is less than five minutes.
"Recent studies show that patients treated with the MonaLisa Touch Laser showed highly statistically, significant improvement in symptoms including dryness, pain, itching, painful urination and painful intercourse after the first treatment," says Dr. Walzer, a Urologist with Mid-South Urology, located in Memphis. "Patients in the studies experienced no side effects or adverse reactions and showed an escalation of progress with each subsequent treatment. With these kinds of outcomes, the MonaLisa Touch is a game-changing procedure for my post-menopausal patients."
"MonaLisa Touch is a real breakthrough for feminine health," said Dr. Walzer. "It offers a quick and painless remedy for a medical condition with a large, unmet need for an effective treatment option. Traditional treatments do not always prove effective, so I am grateful I am able to offer my patients an alternative."