The emerging specialty of Female Pelvic Medicine (urogynecology) deals with the diagnosis and treatment of pelvic floor disorders. In women, the pelvic floor includes the muscles, ligaments, and connective tissue supporting the vagina, uterus, bowel, bladder, and rectum. Our urogynecological surgeons (specialist in Female Pelvic Medicine) has a broad range of expertise. Conditions that affect the female pelvic floor include:
- Pain after hysterectomy
- Painful bladder syndrome
- Fistula repair (A fistula is an abnormal opening between two organs, such as the bladder or urethra and the vagina, or the rectum and the vagina.)
- Reconstructive surgery of the anal sphincter
- Repair of vaginal and perineal lacerations
Over half of the women with pelvic floor disorders don’t seek treatment. Symptoms like incontinence, genital pain, and pelvic organ prolapse may feel too personal to talk about. Some women don’t realize that most pelvic floor problems are treatable. Or, they may tell themselves that such symptoms are a normal part of aging. And yet one in four adult women, and half of women over 50, have a pelvic issue of some type. The risk is higher in women who are obese, have had several vaginal deliveries, have experienced some kind of injury during childbirth, or have had a hysterectomy. Most pelvic issues affect quality of life but are not life-threatening. Severe prolapse, however, leads to urinary retention, which can be very dangerous.
While pelvic organ prolapse symptoms may include urinary and/or fecal incontinence, not all prolapse leads to incontinence, and not all incontinence issues are prolapse-related. Find out more about incontinence treatment.
At Prima Medical Foundation, we have a team of experts, including physicians and clinicians who are dedicated to providing you with the highest quality of care. You’ll find that all of our physicians are board-certified and meet all of the highest educational standards. Click here to view a list of our urogynecologists.