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Larissa Rodriguez, MD
Professor of Urology
Urology
NOR 1441 Eastlake Ave Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 864 3700

Overview

Dr. Rodriguez is an established surgeon-scientist with extensive expertise in the field of female pelvic and reconstructive surgery (FPMRS) in urology. Dr. Rodriguez is nationally and internationally recognized for her work in the field of stem cell research and tissue engineering.

An awarded researcher, Dr. Rodriguez has developed patented techniques and innovative surgical strategies to provide treatment in areas such as stress incontinence and reconstruction of the bladder and lower urinary tract. Another focus of her research has been the study of the etiology and treatment of urinary incontinence and vaginal prolapse, in which she is active in clinical research and outcomes.

Publications

The role of environmental stress on lower urinary tract symptoms. Curr Opin Urol. 2017 May; 27(3):268-273. View in: PubMed

Characterization of Whole Body Pain in Urologic Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome at Baseline - A MAPP Research Network Study. J Urol. 2017 Mar 31. View in: PubMed

The Role of Chronic Mesh Infection in Delayed-Onset Vaginal Mesh Complications or Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections: Results From Explanted Mesh Cultures. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2016 May-Jun; 22(3):166-71. View in: PubMed

MRI suggests increased tonicity of the levator ani in women with interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome. Int Urogynecol J. 2016 Jan; 27(1):77-83. View in: PubMed

Urological chronic pelvic pain syndrome flares and their impact: qualitative analysis in the MAPP network. Int Urogynecol J. 2015 Jul; 26(7):1047-60. View in: PubMed

Comparison of Baseline Urological Symptoms in Men and Women in the MAPP Research Cohort. J Urol. 2015 May; 193(5):1554-8. View in: PubMed

Correlates of 1-year incidence of urinary incontinence in older Latino adults enrolled in a community-based physical activity trial. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2014 Apr; 62(4):740-6. View in: PubMed

Translabial ultrasonography for evaluation of synthetic mesh in the vagina. Urology. 2014 Jan; 83(1):68-74. View in: PubMed

The MAPP research network: design, patient characterization and operations. BMC Urol. 2014; 14:58. View in: PubMed

The MAPP research network: a novel study of urologic chronic pelvic pain syndromes. BMC Urol. 2014; 14:57. View in: PubMed

Long-term symptom improvement and overall satisfaction after prolapse and incontinence graft removal. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg. 2013 Nov-Dec; 19(6):352-5. View in: PubMed

Epidemiology and prevalence of pelvic organ prolapse. Curr Opin Urol. 2013 Jul; 23(4):293-8. View in: PubMed

How dry is "OAB-dry"? Perspectives from patients and physician experts. J Urol. 2012 Nov; 188(5):1811-5. View in: PubMed

Trends in surgical mesh use for pelvic organ prolapse from 2000 to 2010. Obstet Gynecol. 2012 Nov; 120(5):1105-15. View in: PubMed

Long-term durability of the distal urethral polypropylene sling for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence: minimum 11-year followup. J Urol. 2012 Nov; 188(5):1822-7. View in: PubMed

Nuclear fusion-independent smooth muscle differentiation of human adipose-derived stem cells induced by a smooth muscle environment. Stem Cells. 2012 Mar; 30(3):481-90. View in: PubMed

The effects of acute and chronic psychological stress on bladder function in a rodent model. Urology. 2011 Oct; 78(4):967. e1-7. View in: PubMed

Women's experience with severe overactive bladder symptoms and treatment: insight revealed from patient focus groups. Neurourol Urodyn. 2011 Sep; 30(7):1295-9. View in: PubMed

Treatment choice, duration, and cost in patients with interstitial cystitis and painful bladder syndrome. Int Urogynecol J. 2011 Apr; 22(4):395-400. View in: PubMed

Stem cells for the treatment of urinary incontinence. Curr Urol Rep. 2011 Feb; 12(1):41-6. View in: PubMed

Misconceptions and miscommunication among aging women with overactive bladder symptoms. Urology. 2011 Jan; 77(1):55-9. View in: PubMed

Gating of sensory information differs in patients with interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome. J Urol. 2010 Sep; 184(3):958-63. View in: PubMed

Correlates of urinary incontinence in community-dwelling older Latinos. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2010 Jun; 58(6):1170-6. View in: PubMed

Thromboembolic complications of sling surgery for stress urinary incontinence among female Medicare beneficiaries. Urology. 2009 Dec; 74(6):1223-6. View in: PubMed

Validating the incontinence symptom severity index: a self-assessment instrument for voiding symptom severity in women. J Urol. 2009 Nov; 182(5):2384-91. View in: PubMed

Trends in surgical management of stress urinary incontinence among female Medicare beneficiaries. Urology. 2009 Aug; 74(2):283-7. View in: PubMed

Urinary bladder smooth muscle engineered from adipose stem cells and a three dimensional synthetic composite. Biomaterials. 2009 Jul; 30(19):3259-70. View in: PubMed

Increased startle responses in interstitial cystitis: evidence for central hyperresponsiveness to visceral related threat. J Urol. 2009 May; 181(5):2127-33. View in: PubMed

Spiral sling salvage anti-incontinence surgery for women with refractory stress urinary incontinence: surgical outcome and satisfaction determined by patient-driven questionnaires. Urology. 2008 Nov; 72(5):1044-8; discussion 1048-50. View in: PubMed

The effect of concomitant prolapse repair on sling outcomes. J Urol. 2008 Sep; 180(3):1003-6. View in: PubMed

The effects of bilateral caudal epidural S2-4 neuromodulation on female sexual function. Int Urogynecol J Pelvic Floor Dysfunct. 2008 May; 19(5):697-700. View in: PubMed

Female stress urinary incontinence--where are we? J Urol. Female stress urinary incontinence--where are we? J Urol. 2008 May; 179(5):1664-5. View in: PubMed

Short-term results of bilateral S2-S4 sacral neuromodulation for the treatment of refractory interstitial cystitis, painful bladder syndrome, and chronic pelvic pain. Int Urogynecol J Pelvic Floor Dysfunct. 2008 Apr; 19(4):553-7. View in: PubMed

Patients with respiratory failure increase ambulation after transfer to an intensive care unit where early activity is a priority. Crit Care Med. 2008 Apr; 36(4):1119-24. View in: PubMed

The effect of age on outcomes of sling surgery for urinary incontinence. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2007 Dec; 55(12):1927-31. View in: PubMed

The role of preoperative testing on outcomes after sling surgery for stress urinary incontinence. J Urol. 2007 Oct; 178(4 Pt 1):1364-8; discussion 1368-9. View in: PubMed

Familial transmission of urogenital prolapse and incontinence. Curr Opin Obstet Gynecol. 2007 Oct; 19(5):464-8. View in: PubMed

Variations in stress incontinence and prolapse management by surgeon specialty. J Urol. 2007 Oct; 178(4 Pt 1):1411-7. View in: PubMed

Severe cystocele: optimizing results. Curr Urol Rep. 2007 Sep; 8(5):394-8. View in: PubMed

Bilateral caudal epidural neuromodulation for refractory urinary retention: a salvage procedure. J Urol. 2007 Jun; 177(6):2237-40; discussion 2241. View in: PubMed

Racial disparities in the surgical management of stress incontinence among female Medicare beneficiaries. J Urol. 2007 May; 177(5):1846-50. View in: PubMed

The role of provider volume on outcomes after sling surgery for stress urinary incontinence. J Urol. 2007 Apr; 177(4):1457-62; discussion 1462. View in: PubMed

Complications of sling surgery among female Medicare beneficiaries. Obstet Gynecol. 2007 Mar; 109(3):707-14. View in: PubMed

Highlights from the combined Society of Urodynamics and Female Urology, and International Society of Pelvic Neuromodulation annual meeting. J Urol. 2007 Feb; 177(2):691-5. View in: PubMed

Sequence variant in the laminin gamma1 (LAMC1) gene associated with familial pelvic organ prolapse. Hum Genet. 2007 Feb; 120(6):847-56. View in: PubMed

Bladder necrosis following hydrodistention in patients with interstitial cystitis. J Urol. 2007 Jan; 177(1):149-52; discussion 152. View in: PubMed

Presentation and management of major complications of midurethral slings: Are complications under-reported? Neurourol Urodyn. Presentation and management of major complications of midurethral slings: Are complications under-reported? Neurourol Urodyn. 2007; 26(1):46-52. View in: PubMed

The prevalence of urinary incontinence among community dwelling men: results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination survey. J Urol. 2006 Nov; 176(5):2103-8; discussion 2108. View in: PubMed

Familial transmission of genitovaginal prolapse. Int Urogynecol J Pelvic Floor Dysfunct. 2006 Sep; 17(5):498-501. View in: PubMed

Clonogenic multipotent stem cells in human adipose tissue differentiate into functional smooth muscle cells. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2006 Aug 8; 103(32):12167-72. View in: PubMed

Can midurethral slings for stress urinary incontinence treat concomitant detrusor overactivity and urge incontinence? Nat Clin Pract Urol. Can midurethral slings for stress urinary incontinence treat concomitant detrusor overactivity and urge incontinence? Nat Clin Pract Urol. 2006 Jul; 3(7):366-7. View in: PubMed

Failure of sacral nerve stimulation due to migration of tined lead. J Urol. 2006 Jun; 175(6):2182-5. View in: PubMed

Spiral sling salvage anti-incontinence surgery in female patients with a nonfunctional urethra: technique and initial results. J Urol. 2006 May; 175(5):1794-8; discussion 1798-9. View in: PubMed

Highlights from the combined Society of Urodynamics and Female Urology and International Society of Pelvic Neuromodulation annual meeting. J Urol. 2006 May; 175(5):1852-6. View in: PubMed

True prevalence of urinary incontinence among female nursing home residents. Urology. 2006 Feb; 67(2):281-7. View in: PubMed

Long-term durability of the distal urethral polypropylene sling procedure for stress urinary incontinence: minimum 5-year followup of surgical outcome and satisfaction determined by patient reported questionnaires. J Urol. 2006 Feb; 175(2):610-3. View in: PubMed

Perineocele: symptom complex, description of anatomic defect, and surgical technique for repair. Urology. 2006 Feb; 67(2):265-8. View in: PubMed

Processed lipoaspirate cells for tissue engineering of the lower urinary tract: implications for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence and bladder reconstruction. J Urol. 2005 Nov; 174(5):2041-5. View in: PubMed

Transvaginal paravaginal repair of high-grade cystocele central and lateral defects with concomitant suburethral sling: report of early results, outcomes, and patient satisfaction with a new technique. Urology. 2005 Nov; 66(5 Suppl):57-65. View in: PubMed

Correction of cystocele. BJU Int. 2005 Sep; 96(4):691-709. View in: PubMed

New objective measures to quantify stress urinary incontinence in a novel durable animal model of intrinsic sphincter deficiency. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2005 May; 288(5):R1332-8. View in: PubMed

Impact of vaginal surgery for stress urinary incontinence on female sexual function: is the use of polypropylene mesh detrimental? Urology. Impact of vaginal surgery for stress urinary incontinence on female sexual function: is the use of polypropylene mesh detrimental? Urology. 2005 Feb; 65(2):270-4. View in: PubMed

Repair of vaginal vault prolapse and pelvic floor relaxation using polypropylene mesh. Neurourol Urodyn. 2005; 24(7):654-8. View in: PubMed

Mixed incontinence: stressing about urge. Curr Urol Rep. 2004 Dec; 5(6):427-31. View in: PubMed

Structural changes in the bladder walls of pregnant and hormone-treated rats: correlation with bladder dynamics. BJU Int. 2004 Dec; 94(9):1366-72. View in: PubMed

Synthetic sling options for stress urinary incontinence. Curr Urol Rep. 2004 Oct; 5(5):374-80. View in: PubMed

Does Valsalva leak point pressure predict outcome after the distal urethral polypropylene sling? Role of urodynamics in the sling era. J Urol. 2004 Jul; 172(1):210-4. View in: PubMed

Prospective analysis of patients treated with a distal urethral polypropylene sling for symptoms of stress urinary incontinence: surgical outcome and satisfaction determined by patient driven questionnaires. J Urol. 2003 Sep; 170(3):857-63; discussion 863. View in: PubMed

Discrepancy in patient and physician perception of patient's quality of life related to urinary symptoms. Urology. 2003 Jul; 62(1):49-53. View in: PubMed

Ten-year experience with transvaginal vesicovaginal fistula repair using tissue interposition. J Urol. 2003 Mar; 169(3):1033-6. View in: PubMed

Magnetic resonance imaging in the diagnosis of pelvic floor disorders. Int Braz J Urol. 2002 Nov-Dec; 28(6):553-9. View in: PubMed

Polypropylene sling for the treatment of stress urinary incontinence. Urology. 2001 Nov; 58(5):783-5. View in: PubMed

New millennium, new slings. Curr Urol Rep. 2001 Oct; 2(5):399-406. View in: PubMed

Magnetic resonance imaging for the evaluation of hydronephrosis, reflux and renal scarring in children. J Urol. 2001 Sep; 166(3):1023-7. View in: PubMed

Diagnostic imaging of pelvic floor dysfunction. Curr Opin Urol. 2001 Jul; 11(4):423-8. View in: PubMed

Polypropylene sling for treatment of stress urinary incontinence: an alternative to tension-free vaginal tape. Tech Urol. 2001 Jun; 7(2):87-9. View in: PubMed

Evaluation of sonographic renal parenchymal area in the management of hydronephrosis. J Urol. 2001 Feb; 165(2):548-51. View in: PubMed

Risks and complications of transrectal ultrasound. Curr Opin Urol. 2000 Mar; 10(2):111-6. View in: PubMed

Risks and complications of transrectal ultrasound guided prostate needle biopsy: a prospective study and review of the literature. J Urol. 1998 Dec; 160(6 Pt 1):2115-20. View in: PubMed

Epidemiology of gastric non-Hodgkin's lymphoma patients: parallels with Helicobacter pylori. Helicobacter. 1996 Jun; 1(2):75-8. View in: PubMed

Helicobacter pylori infection and gastric lymphoma. N Engl J Med. 1994 May 5; 330(18):1267-71. View in: PubMed

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