Urogynecology Practice Moves to CHI St. Vincent Infirmary
Female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, or urogynecology, is a subspecialty dedicated to caring for women with pelvic floor disorders. Urogynecologists address conditions such as female pelvic organ prolapse, overactive bladder, urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, urinary retention, bladder pain conditions, and complex cases requiring reconstructions such as fistulas. Our specialists have done extensive additional training to gain the expertise to treat these complex conditions and improve our patients’ quality of life.
Finding Solutions to Female Pelvic Health Conditions
Complex women’s health issues cause uneasiness and discomfort. Plus, they can be uncomfortable to talk about. Our CHI St. Vincent urogynecology specialists understand that these are sensitive issues. We work hard to make you feel comfortable about your condition and help you understand the treatment options.
Incontinence and pelvic floor problems are very common, just like high blood pressure, depression or diabetes. Despite the common nature of the health conditions, many women may not receive help because of the stigma associated with them.
Common Conditions We Treat as Urogyn Specialists
Our fellowship trained surgeons have advanced training in urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery. We are experienced in vaginal, abdominal and laparoscopic surgery for pelvic organ prolapse as well as vaginal surgery for stress incontinence.
Some conditions treated in our Urogynecology Clinic include:
Prolapse can be uterine prolapse or prolapse of the vagina being pushed by bladder (cystocele), rectum (rectocele) or small bowel (enterocele). Without medical treatment or surgery, these structures may eventually prolapse further into the vagina or even through the vaginal opening if the supports weaken enough. Our urogyn specialists can help you successfully treat your condition before it worsens.
The most common symptom of prolapse is feeling pressure from pelvic organs pressing against the vaginal wall. You may also experience feeling very full in your lower belly, incontinence, or a pull or stretch in your groin area.
Prolapse can occur in women of all ages but becomes more common as women age. This conditions is also more common for women who have delivered large babies or had extremely long pushing phases of labor. Women may also develop pelvic organ prolapse is they have had a hysterectomy.
Your condition may be worsened anything that puts pressure on the belly such as:
- Long-lasting cough
- Frequent constipation
- Pelvic organ tumors
Our team will determine the best treatment option for your individual situation. If your condition is mild, you may be able to do things at home to help and develop new, healthy habits. For others, surgery may be your best alternative.
Millions of women experience involuntary loss of urine, which is called urinary incontinence. Women experience this issue twice as often as men.
While some may lose just a few drops of urine while coughing or laughing, some may feel a strong urge to urinate just before losing a large amount of urine. For many, the risk of public embarrassment keeps them from enjoying activities with their family and friends.
Our urogyn specialists can help you no matter how serious your condition. Treatment will depend on your specific condition and the type of incontinence you have.
Here are descriptions of the types of incontinence:
- Stress incontinence is any motion that stresses or puts too much pressure on the bladder. This can result from pregnancy and childbirth when pelvic muscles and tissues can get stretched and damaged.
- Urge incontinence is the urgent need to go, followed by an involuntary loss of urine. This is due to spasms of the bladder muscles.
- Overflow incontinence is when you can’t empty your bladder every time you go to the bathroom and may have leakage once the bladder is full. Weak bladder muscles, tumors and urinary stones can be causes for this type. This type is rarer in women.
You should seek treatment for incontinence when it becomes affects your daily life. We can help develop an individualized treatment program for your specific condition. Treatment options can vary from pelvic floor exercises to devices or surgery.