Rockledge, Florida

Marja Sprock, M.D., FACOG, FPMRS Board Certified
Fellowship Trained Urogynecologist

Now Accepting New Patients

info@CFUroGyn.com      Phone:  321-806-3929

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Dr. Sprock Connects with her Patients
George White / for FLORIDA TODAY May 30, 2012

Dr. Marja Sprock, Urogynecologist
Central Florida Urogynecology

For Dr. Marja Sprock, her career choice for medicine ó and choice of specialty ó was something that came to her early in life.

ďI wanted to be a doctor around age 13 or 14 and for a very short time I wanted to be a pediatrician,Ē she said. ďBut within a year, I decided I wanted to do OB/GYN and I never changed my mind.Ē

Some of the reasons are obvious, some not so much, she said.

ďI think I can support women and understand them a little bit better just because of the fact I am a female and I was very interested in all the endocrinology of how the female body works. Itís fascinating. Right now I feel that I try to speak up for women and help them with embarrassing problems. I help with everything that people have a hard time talking about,íí she said.


Dr. Sprock talks about her career and how she can improve the quality of life for many women.

QUESTION: Do your patients feel like they need to be isolated?
Sprock: Thatís the whole thing. They canít go out or they cancel every trip because theyíre afraid that people will see their diapers or theyíll leak through.

Q: Has there been innovations that have come out during your career?
Sprock: Some things have improved, like a pelvic floor ultrasound. Itís a very expensive piece of equipment that really helps in diagnosis. Some people donít empty completely or their bladders are too overactive. There are so many problems. Thatís where you get the danger: it may work great for your neighbor but you may not have the same thing as your neighbor. What may be a big deal to one is not a big deal for another.

Q: What has been another innovation during your career?
Sprock: For people bothered by fecal incontinence, the Interstim device (surgically implanted pacemaker-like device) works for the bladder and even better for the bowel. It just normalizes their function.

Q: What about vaginal mesh and the controversy around its use?
Sprock: The whole thing about mesh I think is getting out of hand and getting to the ridiculous level. Itís about money. Lawyers donít care about patients, they care about money. The problem is the (Food and Drug Administration) looks at devices. If you have your vagina fixed and itís a lousy fix, who are you going to complain to? Now they have a device (mesh) and the FDA comes out with a warning that is not really based on solid literature, and all the lawyers jump on it. Itís a disservice to a lot of women. Itís very surgeon dependent. I do four or five a week, but there are some who just do one a month. Some people need it, some people do not, so you need to make sure it is appropriate to the patient.

Q: What are some of the other conditions that you treat?
Sprock: Vaginal prolapse repair, with or without mesh. Iíve been certified on robotic surgery since 2006 but I prefer to use the laparoscope.

Q: Are female OB/GYNs more accepted by patients when it come to these issues.
Sprock: Yes. Women prefer to be seen by a woman. Itís a big advantage. Itís the same about hormones and how you feel. Itís easier if youíre a woman.

Q: Is there a stigma about females being surgeons?
Sprock: Nobody said that to me, but, in general, I think itís still the case. For a woman to be called a good surgeon you have to be five times better than the guys. Thatís just a given. People can say it isnít so, but itís the truth.

Dr. Marja Sprock, 48, urogynecologist (female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery) 

Hometown: The Hague, Netherlands 

City of residence: Satellite Beach 

Family: Husband, Martin; sons, Tristan, 16, Egan, 12 and Trevor, 12; daughter, Anique, 9 

Hobbies: Swimming, triathlons, tennis, snow skiing 

Education: Medical school at Leiden University in Holland; residency training in obstetrics and gynecology and fellowship in urogynecology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit 

Q: How important is pelvic function to quality of life?
Sprock: Some things are activity dependent. If youíre 30 and you have problems having sex, it bothers you more than if you are 80, but that doesnít mean seniors are not sexually active.

Q: Do they become isolated?
Sprock: The problems can be very complicated and most people donít know anything about it. They need to know there is help. You can fix people with simple things like pelvic floor exercises.

Q: Before these solutions came about, what did these patients do?
Sprock: With the Interstim, the field is progressing and people are talking about it a lot more. Itís not this forgotten thing.

Q: You treat people with the iLipo machine. How does it work?
Sprock: Itís a noninvasive way of getting rid of unwanted fat. There are no needles or downtime. Itís almost like a spa treatment where you lose inches. Itís a laser in pads and you can measure the different. What it does to a fat cell is that it goes from a grape to a raisin. It works and people are very pleased with it.

Q: What is your favorite part of your job?
Sprock: When people are really happy, after surgery or something simple like learning pelvic floor exercises. I like it when people are happy.

Q: What is difficult?
Sprock: Most of the physicians try their hardest and work really hard. Some patients have unrealistic expectations or they ask me to "fix them" but donít have to contribute anything.

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