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Pelvic Medicine & Urogynecology Center

At the Pelvic Medicine & Urogynecology Center, your comfort is first and foremost.  We understand your unique and personal healthcare needs.  Caring specialists will work side by side with you in developing a treatment plan that is uniquely yours, based on your individual lifestyle and needs.

Silent Suffering

One out of every four women suffers from the frustrating and embarrassing condition of urinary incontinence. Of this group, an additional 25 percent have symptoms of fecal incontinence as well.  Unfortunately, only half of these women seek any type of treatment.  At the Pelvic Medicine and Urogynecology Center, we offer comprehensive assistance and and support for these common and often curable problems in a discrete and gentle manner.

What is Urinary Incontinence?

If you experience urinary incontinence, urine may leak suddenly when you cough, sneeze or laugh.  Or, you may experience sudden, overwhelming urges to urinate.  Still, other incontinence symptoms are characterized by a trickle of urine throughout the day.

What is Pelvic Organ Prolapse?

Weakened pelvic floor muscles droop or sag out which cause one or more of your pelvic organs to fall out of place. 

What is Fecal Incontinence?

If you have difficulty controlling the expulsion of gas from the rectum or have involuntary stool leakage, you may be experiencing fecal incontinence.  Women who experience one or both of the above conditions may find themselves avoiding social situations for fear of leakage.  In any case, incontinence and other pelvic floor problems can drastically affect your quality of life if not treated properly.

Proper Diagnosis

Correct diagnosis of the type of incontinence and its cause are key to developing an effective treatment plan that's just right for you.  Our expert staff consists of physicians who specialize in Urogynecology, Colorectal Disorders, Pelvic and Colorectal surgery.  Nurse Urodynamic Specialists are available with special training in diagnostic techniques for incontinence  A Physical Therapist with advanced training and experience in women's health is also on site offering biofeedback therapy.  The Center offers state-of-the-art technology to accurately diagnose the cause and source of incontinence, and choose the most effective treatment based on your specific needs.

Treatment Options that Work

We offer a full spectrum of proven treatment options to help you gain control of your bladder and bowel function.  After a private consultation with a specialist at the Center, your treatment plan may include:

  • Multichannel Urodynamics – an outpatient procedure that uses a small catheter inserted into the bladder to electronically measure the function of the bladder, urethra and pelvic floor muscles during filling, leakage and urination.
  • Behavioral Strategies – to help you learn urination and toileting patters that may improve control of your bladder and bowels.
  • Diet Modification - to identify potential issues with fluid or food intake that may alter your bladder and bowel function or habits.
  • Pelvic Floor Therapy - for women who have problems with urinary and fecal incontinence, pelvic pain, urinary frequency and urgency, post-partum difficulties with episiotomy pain and tightness.  Treatments may include internal and/or external soft tissue mobilization, ultrasound and electrical stimulation, therapeutic exercise, neuromuscular re-education and biofeedback.
  • Biofeedback Training – including massage, exercise, water therapy and ultrasound to identify and help correct musculoskeletal problems that contribute to pelvic pain or incontinence.
  • Medications – There are numerous medications available to help reduce bowel and bladder incontinence.  Certain drugs that decrease bladder spasm, tighten the urinary sphincter or alleviate irritation are available for use.  Medications that aid in adjusting stool consistency and motility are often useful to those with fecal incontinence.
  • Surgical Procedures – including collagen injections, tension free vaginal tape (TVT), prolapse repair and nerve stimulation implants are options for bladder control.
  • Anorectal Manometry – an outpatient procedure that provides the physician with information on the pressures generated in the rectum and anal canal.
  • Pudendal Nerve Testing – an outpatient procedure that measures motor response time of the pudendal nerve which controls bowel and bladder function in both females and males.  This test is useful in diagnosing bowel and bladder conditions involving the nervous system.
  • Defecography – This outpatient fluoroscopic procedure performed with rectal contrast is to study the anatomy and function of the anorectum and pelvic floor during defecation.

Additional Services

The Center also specializes in pelvic pain syndromes, including painful bladder syndrome and Interstitial Cystitis.  For fecal incontinence, procedures such as Sphincteroplasty, Labatoplasty or other surgical interventions are available based on individual need.

Have Questions?

To learn more about incontinence, call at 630-978-4837.

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