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Dr. Margolis Contact

Dr Margolis is the surgeon who repaired my fistula. His contact information is below

Bay Area Center for Pelvic Surgery and Urogynecology


1820 Ogden Dr.
Burlingame, Ca. 94010


815 Pollard Rd.
Los Gatos, Ca. 95032


5575 W Las Positas Blvd Ste 330
Pleasanton, CA 94588

Update 2016

It is March 2016 and I am so happy to report that I am STILL fistula free!

It has come to my attention that my blog has helped a lot of women and I am just so happy about that.

I am currently working on my masters in social work at USC. I am hoping that with the knowledge I am gaining through this program, I can become an active social justice advocate for all of you.

If this is your first time reading this blog please know that I check it regularly and will be in contact with you if you contact me via email.

I have helped many women with post-op questions after they have their surgery with Dr. Margolis.

There is also a Facebook page for support :  Living With Obstetric Fistula

Dr Margolis can be reached at:


Thank you,


September update : Dr’s Show!

Hi all,

Thank you for following me.

I just wanted to let you all know that I will be on the Dr’s Show for an update on my surgery.

Dr. Margolis and I will be on the show together. We fly to LA on 10/24 however, the show will be aired on a later date. Stay tuned.

I will be discussing my post op recovery experience, our Uganda trip, and my ideas on spreading the word on fistulas (help on writing a book or bringing this attention to the medical arena).

As far as the fistula goes… I am still healed… I am happy and I am living my life… Without that evil thing… I have been able to travel since healing… Here is a picture of me in the Azores!



Graduation 2013

Hi all..

In June of 2013 I graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a B.S. in Sociology. I am so very proud of this accomplishment. There were some ups and downs during this time.. I had a hard time focusing during a portion of school because of the two failed surgeries but, once I found Dr. Margolis and he promised to heal me, I saw the light.. and I conquered through it.. Image

Hi everyone,

Just a quick update..

I was on the Doctor’s Show for an update. I am in just a snippet of the show but, at least it is something.. Below you will find the link..

All I want to do is spread the word.. And help other women out there who may be experiencing the same problem and feel alone..

Uganda Mission 2013. Medlend

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I look so professional.. Keeping stats on the EKG machine
I look so professional.. Keeping stats on the EKG machine
Our goodbye dinner with great people
Our goodbye dinner with great people
Hiking in Uganda with part of the team
Hiking in Uganda with part of the team
Dinner time after a long day.. The team
Dinner time after a long day.. The team


Uganda Mbarara University... Where the magic happens
Uganda Mbarara University… Where the magic happens

IMG_0135I had the opportunity to join Dr. Margolis on a medical mission to Mbarrara, Uganda. We arrived in Africa on March 28 and we were there for 7 days total with 3 days of travel alone. 5 of those 7 days consisted of the group in the operating room. When we were done, we had operated on 43 women with fistulas. Most of them were women with Vesico-vaginal fistulas. I have been so fortunate to have experienced such a magnificent journey to Africa. I was able to help Dr. Margolis with fetching medicine and or utensils he utilized during surgery. I was able to witness first hand what it was like to undergo a fistula repair. The major difference is is the fact that for the most part the medical technology was not there. And the utensils needed for the type of surgery was scarce. All I can say is that I have learned that my situation was not as bad as the women I met there. They have forever touched my heart. I plan to go to Africa every year with Dr. Margolis. Not because I feel bad and or feel like I need to go and help, but because the Ugandan people have shared something special with me. They shared their country with me. They shared their beautiful smiles with me. And they welcomed me. They always began a conversation with me with “You Are Welcome.” I am so thankful. I have seen more than most people will ever see and I am fortunate.

Update on my life

Hello everyone and thank you for following me. I would like to update you on my life once again!

April 26th has come and gone. April 26th marks my 1 year anniversary since my fistula repair. I am so proud to say that I am still fistula free!! My life is perfect and I have no complaints.

I will continue to celebrate each year for the rest of my life. This anniversary is important to me more than anything being where I came from and where I plan to go.

Hello everyone!

I just wanted to update you on my life!

My 6 month anniversary has approached! I have been fistula free for 6 months and it feels amazing! I still cannot believe that I am healed. I am so thankful!

I am currently working full-time and I am still a part-time student at UCSC!

I could not do what I am doing now while living with a fistula. That fistula held me back from living my life for a long time. Never again will I allow something like that hold me back from accomplishing my dreams!

Thank you for following me!


Sarah Benjamin