podcast

October 16, 2022

Using Advanced Ultrasound Techniques to Diagnose Endometriosis

with podcast guest

Dr. Mathew Leonardi

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Dr. Mathew Leonardi is an advanced gynecological surgeon and sonologist (ultrasound specialist) at McMaster University Medical Centre in Hamilton, Canada. He is an expert in endometriosis excision surgery and gynecological ultrasound, and his focus is on using ultrasound in the diagnosis and surgical management of endometriosis.

In this episode, we talk about how Dr. Leonardi became interested in endometriosis research and patient care, the patient-led endometriosis revolution, theories on the causes of endometriosis, why endometriosis is often left undiagnosed, Dr. Leonardi’s unique approach to diagnosis and treatment, gaps in the standard care model for endometriosis, and so much more.

Dr. Leonardi has taken a lot of heat for his stance, which goes against the traditional idea that we can only diagnose endometriosis via laparoscopic surgery. He’s an absolute wealth of knowledge on all things endo, and I can’t wait for you to hear what he has to say!

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Highlights

  • How Dr. Leonardi became interested in endometriosis research and patient care
  • Challenging the standard narrative around endometriosis
  • The global, patient-led endometriosis revolution
  • The evolving definition of endometriosis
  • Theories on the causes of endometriosis and recognizing that it’s multifactoral
  • Women’s pain has been unacknowledged or invalidated for most of history
  • Why endometriosis is often left undiagnosed
  • Separating diagnosis and treatment into distinct activities to empower patients
  • Pushback Dr. Leonardi receives around his approach to diagnosis and treatment
  • The fantastic strides Dr. Leonardi has made in diagnosis via ultrasound
  • Gaps in the standard care model for endometriosis
  • Why it’s so important to work with a practitioner who deeply understands endometriosis
  • How to filter through misinformation online and find high-quality information
  • Conditions that often cause pain alongside endometriosis
  • We have to take a holistic approach to treating endometriosis

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Brooke Scheller is a Doctor of Clinical Nutrition and Certified Nutrition Specialist in New York City. She specializes in using nutrition and functional medicine practices

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