A urogynecologist is an obstetrician/gynecologist who specializes in caring for women with pelvic floor disorders. The pelvic floor includes the muscles, ligaments, connective tissue and nerves that help support and control the pelvic organs ― the uterus, vagina, bladder and rectum.
Childbirth, repeated heavy lifting, chronic diseases or surgery can weaken the pelvic floor and cause pelvic floor disorders, including:
- Incontinence – leaking or loss of bladder or bowel control
- Prolapse – weakening of the pelvic muscles that cause the pelvic organs to descend
- Emptying disorders – difficulty urinating or moving bowels, including chronic constipation
- Pelvic discomfort – pain or burning in the pelvis
- Overactive bladder – urge to urinate frequently
One-third of women will experience a pelvic floor condition in their lifetime. While remarkably common, many women are reluctant to seek help because of embarrassment or the stigma associated with these conditions. ProHealth Care’s urogynecology experts help women find effective treatment options and regain their quality of life.
ProHealth Care uses advanced diagnostic testing to determine how to best treat pelvic floor conditions. Depending on the severity of the condition, our experts may recommend the following options:
- Behavior and dietary modifications
- Physical therapy
- Biofeedback (pelvic floor muscle retraining) – used to gain awareness and control of pelvic muscles to improve coordination and tone
- Nerve modulation – stimulation of nerves that control the bladder to successfully eliminate or reduce overactive bladder
- Pelvic floor reconstruction – using minimally invasive surgery techniques, including robotic surgery
- Laser therapy - stimulates collagen production reducing dryness and inflammation of the vaginal walls
Our multidisciplinary team includes urogynecologists, advanced practice nurses and other specialists who listen carefully to women’s needs and develop individualized treatment plans to improve quality of life or repair damage.
Our board-certified urogynecologists are also fellowship-trained in female pelvic health and reconstructive surgery. Each has received extensive training in minimally invasive techniques, which can mean less bleeding, less pain, less risk of infection, less scarring and a faster recovery.