New York, NY, November 20, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- Dr. Lauri Romanzi, prominent reconstructive pelvic surgeon, urogynecologist and authority on vaginal rejuvenation
, returns to the Democratic Republic of Congo on a trip sponsored by Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) where she will conduct and supervise reconstructive surgeries for women suffering childbirth fistulas and rape-related injuries.
Dr. Romanzi, founder of Urogynics in Manhattan, will join HHI at Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo, which is the area’s key center for victims of sexual abuse who are in need of surgical and medical treatment including fistula repair. Of every 350 patients received, up to 250, or 71%, are victims of sexual abuse.
This is Dr. Romanzi’s second trip to the Congo with the HHI and her fifth to Africa to perform humanitarian work. She is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical College, the pioneer of a scar-free technique of uterine prolapse repair which eliminates the need for a hysterectomy, the first surgeon in Manhattan to perform minimally invasive sling procedure for urinary incontinence, and the author of Plumbing and Renovations, a book about vaginal rejuvenation, pelvic floor conditions and female sexual function.